Most of the time, team invite their top prospects to big league camp in order to learn about the clubhouse culture, daily activities and get some reps. The Los Angeles Dodgers are no stranger to this, having invited Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and others in recent years. Also, players that are not guaranteed a spot are invited to camp to try and force the hand of management to give them a spot.
On Friday, the Dodgers announced 17 players will be invited to big league camp, including top prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that the following 17 players will attend 2015 Spring Training as non-roster invitees:
The biggest names besides the top two are Sergio Santos, Chris Anderson, Darnell Sweeney and Erisbel Arruebarrena. Santos will be fighting for a spot on the team and in the bullpen, after he was signed to a minor-league deal. He had recent success with the Chicago White Sox. Anderson was the team’s first round draft pick in 2013. His chances of making the team are slim, but the Dodgers would like him around the veteran guys. Sweeney was the 13th round pick in 2012, and has quietly climbed the ranks. He played in the spring edition of the Freeway Series last year and won one of the games with a walk-off single. Arruebarrena was recently designated for assignment by the Dodgers, but cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A. He is known for his glove and his lack of hitting prowess is a big reason he is not on the current roster.
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