Yankees announce 27 non-roster invitees for spring training 3

They Yankees announced their list of non-roster 27 players who are on minor league contracts and will be invited to spring training, via Mike Ashmore. Those 27 players plus everyone on the 40-man roster means that there will be 67 players in spring training.

The most notable among these are Bill Hall and Russell Branyan because both have a chance to make the opening day roster. Hideki Okajima is another big name because he is fighting for a shot to be the second lefty out of the bullpen.

The biggest name among the minor leaguers is probably Gary Sanchez, who becomes a much bigger deal to the organization now that Jesus Montero is gone. Adam Warren is also interesting because he could help in the rotation this season if a need arises. Obviously Manny Banuelos is a huge name, but he isn’t likely to join this team until the second half of the season at the earliest.

Other than that nobody jumps out as important. A few of them may help the Yankees in very minor roles later on in the year so what the Yankees are doing is just having them in camp for a few days to take a look at them. To me the biggest name not on this list is Pat Venditte as he has been invited to the big league camp before and is kind of a now or never type. The fact may be that there is too much talent ahead of him.

Here is the list of non-roster invitees:

PITCHERS (14, 4 LHR, 10 RHP): Left handed pitchers Hideki Okajima, Manny Banuelos, Juan Cedeno, and Mike O’Connor.

Right handed pitchers Adam Warren, Brett Marshall, Manny Delcarmen, Chase Whitley, Graham Stoneburner, Ryan Pope, Dan Burawa, Kevin Whelan, Adam Miller, and Matt Daley.

CATCHERS (5): Gustavo Molina, J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, and Jose Gil.

INFIELDERS (5): Russell Branyan, Bill Hall, Jorge Vazquez, Jayson Nix, and Doug Bernier.

OUTFIELDERS (3): Colin Curtis, Dewayne Wise, and Cole Garner.

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