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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NON-ROSTER INVITEE THREAD

It might be good to have an all-purpose NRI thread. Who has your team brought in? I’ll start with the Phillies who unsurprisingly mostly have prospects, with only Pedro Beato, Pedro Florimon, and Daniel “Pedro” Nava in the “hopeful journeyman” category.

The notable prospects who were invited to camp were SS J.P. Crawford, 1B Rhys Hoskins, OF Andrew Pullin, 2B Scott Kingery, and RHP Victor Arano. It will be Crawford’s second invite to camp, and he is widely expected to take over as the Phillies’ everyday SS at some point in 2017. Pullin, Hoskins, and Kingery all need more time in the minors and are blocked by Major or other minor leaguers at their positions.
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Triple-A veterans Cam Perkins, Brock Stassi, and Logan Moore also will be in camp. It appears that Stassi will get a shot to be a platoon partner of Tommy Joseph’s, but even if he does not accomplish that goal, he might be the go-to first baseman if Joseph goes down with injury. Perkins is a corner outfielder who can really hit, but has an archetypal center fielder’s power. He is an older version of Tyler Goeddel, essentially. Moore is a good defensive catcher who will be in camp because there are never enough catchers. Joining Moore behind the plate will be Chace Numata, who has grown into a good defender and had a breakout year at the plate in Clearwater.

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   1. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: January 12, 2017 at 08:40 AM (#5382160)
Red Sox list: LHP Edgar Olmos, RHP Marcus Walden, C Dan Butler, C Jake Depew, IF Matt Dominguez, OF Junior Lake. I think there is an expectation that Vazquez is going to play in the WBC so Butler provides some catching depth. I can see Dominguez being a guy who has a big camp and finds himself a 25th man roster spot and gets half a dozen at bats before being waived. I don't know anything about the pitchers, Olmos looks like a big boy, I wonder if he can steal a LOOGY spot.
   2. Lassus Posted: January 12, 2017 at 08:45 AM (#5382163)
Tebow did not make the invites for the Mets, or at least so I've heard.
   3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 12, 2017 at 09:16 AM (#5382181)
Wilbur did a nice rundown of the Pirates' NRIs at BD a few days ago. The guys from outside the organization are Dan Runzler, Josh Lindblom, Jason Stoffel, and Eury Perez.

I like Stoffel and think he could be a solid middle reliever if needed, and Perez has a good shot as the designated pinch runner on the postseason roster if they make it that far.
   4. JJ1986 Posted: January 12, 2017 at 09:17 AM (#5382183)
Do the Mets have any free agent NRIs? I saw a list of minor leaguers, but no one outside the organization.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2017 at 09:33 AM (#5382192)
Royals: IF Garin Cecchini, P Jonathan Sanchez, P Bobby Parnell, P Al Alburquerque, P Brandon League, P Chris Withrow

Tigers: IF Efren Navarro, 1B Brett Pill, IF Brendan Ryan, OF Alex Presley, OF Juan Perez, P AJ Ahcter, P Logan Kensing, P Edward Mujica
   6. morineko Posted: January 12, 2017 at 10:21 AM (#5382227)
Brewers: P Andy Oliver, P Ryan Webb, IF Ivan De Jesus Jr.

I know Oliver and Webb were signed as potential bullpen parts. Oliver will probably end up being sacrificed to the ERA gods in Colorado Springs. He can start too, so that's what I expect out of him.

De Jesus is another guy who plays All of the Positions! so that's also not a surprising signing or invite.

I assume this list will change as more minor league FA are signed.
   7. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: January 12, 2017 at 10:26 AM (#5382233)
Is there an expectation of a greater than usual number of NRIs as teams gear up to have a bit more depth during the WBC?
   8. zonk Posted: January 12, 2017 at 11:34 PM (#5382788)
Cubs still haven't listed theirs yet so far as I've seen anywhere, but amusing to see Junior Lake on the BoSox list.

I don't want to read too much into any one player, but Lake is one of many exhibits from the previous Cubs regime where I think player development really failed them. Lake was a relatively hotshot Dominican FA signee back in 2007 (this was pre-INTL FA budget days) and touched some of those old "keep an eye on this guy, but he's really young" prospect lists.

He's got some pop, is pretty fast, even quick. But he's got swiss cheese swing, has played - badly - all over the defensive spectrum and is one of those sorts of guys who can look like he could be a quality MLB player one minute, hopeless the next. He's the classic tools to be a good player, but just not a good player type. It's not unheard of, but I suppose pretty rare that a 10 year pro vet - even at age 26 - suddenly clicks.

That might very well be mostly on him - but setting aside the Hendry regime evaluation skills, they sure did seem to do an awful job developing what they identified. None of their scouting successes ever seemed to become more than their inherent, undeniable talent provided. I think Starlin Castro fits that same bill.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 13, 2017 at 10:15 AM (#5382878)
Cleveland so far: Guillermo Quiroz, Dan Robertson, Erik Kratz, Chris Colabello, Michael Martinez.

Quiroz and Kratz, I think, are just organizational depth after the catching clusterf*** that the team had in 2016. Roberto Perez got injured early and was still hurt when Gomes got injured, but they had to activate him because there wasn't anyone in the organization above A-ball that wasn't awful.

As far as I can tell, Robertson's only chance to make the 25-man is if people get hurt. They're pretty locked in with Brantley, Chiz, Naquin, Guyer, and Almonte, and you'd have to think Bradley Zimmer would be the first alternate. Also, Jose Ramirez can play a bit of outfield, as can...

...Michael Martinez, who Terry Francona appears to love. I dunno why, but Martinez somehow got into four World Series games last year despite never in his life having hit a baseball with a baseball bat.

I suspect Colabello was signed just in case they couldn't get a real first baseman. I don't see how he makes the team, given that they already have Santana and Encarnacion at 1B/DH and no shortage of corner outfielders.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM (#5382932)
Astros: C Juan Centeno, IF Reid Brignac, P C.J. Riefenhauser

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