Yankees announce six minor league signings and Spring Training invitations

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Spring Training is just around the corner, which means it’s time for the Yankees to extend invites to players who hope to have a shot making the ball club, or are there just for the experience. This season, the Yankees invited 26 players to camp including some of their top prospects.

Here are a few notes before we move on with the list in it’s entirety:

  1. The first six on the list (RHP Scott Baker, INF Cole Figueroa, INF Jonathan Galvez, C Juan Graterol, INF Nick Noonan and INF Eddy Rodriguez) were all signed on minor league contracts with invites to Spring Training.
  2. With the 26 current additions, the Yankees are expecting 66 players to be in camp on February 20th.
  3. You may notice Jose Pirela is not on the list. Pirela is on the 40-man roster, so he’s slated to report to Spring Training in the big league camp as part of the 40-man.
  4. Some of the Yankees top prospects such as OF Aaron Judge and RHP Luis Severino are scheduled to be in camp for the first time.

With those notes out of the way, here is the complete list of players invited to Spring Training:

— RHP Scott Baker
— INF Cole Figueroa
— INF Jonathan Galvez
— C Juan Graterol
— INF Nick Noonan
— C Eddy Rodriguez
— RHP Andrew Bailey
— RHP Luis Severino
— LHP Jacob Lindgren
— OF Aaron Judge
— RHP Nick Rumbelow
— LHP Tyler Webb
— C Trent Garrison
— INF Rob Refsnyder
— RHP Nick Goody
— LHP James Pazos
— INF Greg Bird
— OF Jake Cave
— INF Cito Culver
— INF Kyle Roller
— OF Slade Heathcott
— C Kyle Higashioka
— C Francisco Arcia
— RHP Vicente Campos
— RHP Diego Moreno
— RHP Wilking Rodriguez

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7 Responses to Yankees announce six minor league signings and Spring Training invitations

  1. I hope Cito Culver has been invited as a pitcher and not a shortstop. After 5 seasons in the minors, he's still just 22 and can throw over 90 mph. It might be worth a short to try to salvage him as a reliever.

  2. Fred Stanley says:

    Only three OFs of the 26 players (Judge, Cave and Heathcott)…Maybe it was a toss up between Heathcott and Mason Williams ?…perhaps the team wants to see if Heathcott can prove healthy and offer any trade value. I can't see the team holding onto Heathcott when Cave offers the same value, is younger and has thus far stayed healthy.

  3. YankeezFan says:

    You might wanna know that all the players on the 40 man roster will be at spring training, this will include Mason Williams as he was protected in the rule-5 draft. Austin and Flores will aslo be at ST. Cant wait to see Lindgrens vicious stuff, Severino pitch to AA, AAA batters, and see how Judge comes out of AFL with that swing of his. HURRY UP ALREADY … AND START THE SEASON .. FOR GOD'S SAKE.

  4. I like the idea of NYY signing Scott Baker to a minor league contract, also resigning Andrew Bailey. Bailey may have missed the 2015 due to injury but he was a fairly decent closer for Oakland back in 2009-11 with 75 saves and a career WHIP of 1.055. Hope he has fully recovered from any shoulder problems.

    • I am highly skeptical that Bailey will ever pitch again at all. If he does, I have an extremely hard time believing that it will be anywhere close to where he was at in 2009-11. I was confused as to why the Yankees bothered re-signing him, but then again, it's not really a big deal to sign anybody to a non-guaranteed deal.

  5. Enter42 says:

    I don't see Gary Sanchez's name anywhere. Is he still considered a top prospect or was it more hype than substance?

    • He's on the 40-man roster. Everyone on the 40-man automatically gets a invitation to spring training. So just like Mark Teixeira's name isn't listed above, neither is Gary Sanchez.

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