Yankees Release List of Non-Roster Invitees

Non-roster invitees are players that are not on the 40-man roster, but are invited to the big league camp at spring training. Typically each team in the league brings about 20 of these players to camp and that’s the exact number the Yankees expect this spring.

There are different reasons the Yankees would invite these players. Some are young prospects who the Yankees want to get a look at like lefty pitcher Jeremy Bleich and catcher Jesus Montero. Some are guy who could help the team at some point down the road this season like outfielder Colin Curtis, and some are like Marcus Thames and actually have a shot at making the 25-man roster. Then there are also catchers who are just there to make sure that the pitchers get enough work like Mike Rivera and PJ Pilittere.

Here is the list:

OF Marcus Thames
LHP Wilkins Arias
LHP Jeremy Bleich
OF Colin Curtis
RHP Grant Duff
OF Reid Gorecki
C Kyle Higashioka
RHP Jason Hirsh
LHP Kei Igawa
RHP Zach McAllister
C Jesus Montero
C PJ Pilittere
LHP Royce Ring
C Mike Rivera
C Austin Romine
RHP Amaury Sanit
RHP Zack Segovia
OF Jon Weber
RHP Kevin Whelan
OF David Winfree

Out of that list, I’d say the only one with any real shot at making the Yankees out of spring training would be Thames. The rest would need more than just a great spring, but a rash of injuries to go along with a great spring.

Although there are probably a couple who can be called up to the Bronx at times during this season.

Out of the players on this list obviously I’m most excited to see Montero and Austin Romine. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Bleich as well.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this spring?

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9 Responses to Yankees Release List of Non-Roster Invitees

  1. Brandon says:

    I think Ring and Igawa have chances. I hate to say Igawa does, as he….sucks….but he very well could have a chance if he pitches well in ST. Same for Ring. I don't buy Boone Logan being an automatic

  2. Steve says:

    My thoughts on this list:

    -The Yankees should give up on Igawa being a starter and see if he could be a decent LOOGY.

    -I think that there is very little chance that Hoffman makes the team over Thames, unless an injury occurs.

    -Call it a crazy gut feeling, but Amaury Sanit is going to get hyped up this spring – I have no explanation, I just imagine a Scott Patterson-like thing happening.

  3. Brandon says:

    Yes, I did mean it as a reliever not a starter.

    Agreed with everything Steve said except for Sanit.

    I am looking forward to seeing Whelan

  4. Rob Abruzzese says:

    Even as a reliever I can't see Igawa making the team. There are too many guys in front of him for a bullpen job. He's probably about number 12 on that depth chart.

  5. Personally, I hope to see a lot of Jesus Montero this ST before he presumably is sent down. For that matter, I really want to see all the catchers, including Romine, Higashioka, and Pilittere.

    I also think the Thames signing is intriguing. More and more, however, it makes me wonder why the Yankees selected Jamie Hoffmann. He seems to have been pushed off the back burner with Winn and now Thames. I wouldn't mind his getting a legitimate shot, though.

  6. Eric @ THTGB says:

    Just like everyone else, I'm really excited to see the young catchers in camp. Beyond the obvious, though, I'm also excited to see McAllister. He's become one of my favorite Yankee prospects and I hope he continues to progress and sees some big league action in 2010.

  7. Agreed on McAllister, Eric. Whelan, too. There seems to be some room for middle relievers, especially Melancon–who is still young– who hasn't nailed down a spot, for one. Also, to what degree Girardi and the Yanks are committed to a LOOGY in Logan seems unclear.