Yankees announce Spring Training invitees

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Thursday Night Open Thread

That Yankees have officially announced their list of non-roster Spring Training invitees. The 44-player group includes minor league signees Juan Rivera, Matt Diaz, Dan Johnson, Bobby Wilson, Gil Velazquez, and Thomas Neal. Every player on the 40-man roster will automatically be in the big league camp. Here are the 38 minor leaguers who will be in camp with the Major League team in a few weeks…

Francisco Arcia
Kyle Higashioka
J.R. Murphy
Gary Sanchez

Greg Bird
Cito Culver
Walt Ibarra
Addison Maruszak
Luke Murton
Jayson Nix
Jose Pirela
Kyle Roller

Abe Almonte
Tyler Austin
Adonis Garcia
Slade Heathcott
Ronnie Mustelier
Rob Segedin

Right-handed Pitchers
Corey Black
Preston Claiborne
Matt Daley
Shane Greene
Nick Goody
David Herndon (rehabbing from Tommy John surgery)
Tommy Kahnle
Jim Miller
Bryan Mitchell
Mark Montgomery
Zach Nuding
Mikey O’Brien
Kelvin Perez
Branden Pinder
Ryan Pope
Chase Whitley

Left-handed Pitchers
Juan Cedeno
Vidal Nuno
Josh Spence
Matt Tracy

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Obviously Sanchez, Austin, and Heathcott are the prospect headliners, but it’s interesting Mason Williams didn’t get the invite to camp. Maybe he’s still working his way back from shoulder surgery. With 84 total players in camp plus coaches plus 15 retired numbers (not including not retired but won’t be issued numbers like 20, 21, and 51) … someone’s gonna be wearing triple digits, no?

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Thursday Night Open Thread
  • Snide!

    All of those LHP will be making the team, yes?

  • Greg

    keep that list and look back in 3 years – bet not more than 2 of those guys are actually on the team.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
      • forensic

        Just out of the minor leaguers, I count Phelps and potentially Romine. Even though that’s two years and not three, it’s kind of interesting. Of course another one or two are on other major league rosters, but that isn’t really what he addressed anyway.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        More relevant players than I thought there would be.

      • kevin w.

        YES! I forgot Ronnie Belliard was a Yankee. One of my favorite players ever for no apparent reason. Him and Ray King.

    • Steve (different one)

      I would take that bet. Too many positions that will need to be filled internally for it not to happen.

      Unless….Arod’s contract goes away somehow or they abandon the $189M.

      These guys are going to have opportunities in a year.

    • Bob Buttons

      Name your price, I will definitely take it if you were serious. There might be two or three guys just counting relievers.

    • jesse

      Gonna bet against this. I’ll keep this comment of yours saved and check back in 2016.

    • MannyGeee

      I will take that bet any day of the week.

  • Reggie C.

    Cito Culver??

    I guess the kid needs alittle inspiration. He’ll assuredly be sent across the street to minor league camp on day 2.

    • Ted Nelson

      He’s a SS. Doesn’t have to hit much to be a prospect.

      • jesse

        Lazy comp, but could Culver be a Jose Iglesias type?

        • TCMiller30

          Probably the way Iglesias is going. I think when he was coming up it was expected that he’d have a great glove and decent bat. Offensively his game hasn’t lived up to the billing, and if he doesn’t get it fixed I could see them being in the same all glove prospect category, but that would be do to a big slide by Iglesias and Culver just continuing to be all glove.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Mike, The Mason Williams not invited thing … could there be truth to some of the “noise” that there were some “attitude issues”, “need to be humbled” kind of stuff ??

    • Austin Aunelowitzky

      “attitude issues” is the wrong choice of words…”immaturity” would be more accurate (from the prospect write up in Baseball America.)

      • Ted Nelson

        I would call those synonyms.

        • forensic

          They should be, but in the maybe overly hopeful fan’s heart:

          One is potentially a long-term problem that won’t always change and the other is an easy-fix that will disappear in the next year or two automatically.

        • TCMiller30

          all attitude issues are immaturity issues, but not all immaturity issues are attitude issues? Haha

      • Samuel

        Williams does not have an attitude issue. He is very confident, which comes off as cocky or arrogant to many people.

        It is not like he is a bad kid, just extra confident in knowing he is really good.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Mason Williams is coming off an injury. He was just got cleared for dry swings a couple of weeks ago. I think you’re reading a little too much into his non-invite. He was invited last year when he wasn’t hurt.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        I get the impression that the Spring Training Invite to the kids is as much to get them around the veterans and the coaches. Even if coming of a hurt shoulder, he might run with Jeter one morning and Gardner the next and that’s kind of cool, no? BA mentioned some scouts saw “immaturity” and “need to be humbled” and if there is any truth to it, denying him the invite might just humble him (and this was a new issue in 2012.) BTW, I needed to be humbled at 19 too, and this time last year we were talking about Sanchez having similar issues so really no long term issue IMO.

        • Samuel

          One scout sees a kid not run out a grounder to second in the 8th inning of a game they are winning 10-2.

          That scout then says to the scout next to him, “Did you see that?”

          Second scout says, “No, what?” (as usual, the second scout is one of many who in this type blowout game with Williams up against a schlub pitcher, he is probably on his phone talking to the wife telling her he is eating right).

          “Williams didn’t hustle down the line.” Now, the second scout will get it in his head that Williams has a “tendency” to slack.

          This gets around amongst the scouts during the pre-game talk in the media room before the next game, and now Mason Williams has an “attitude problem.”

  • Steve NJ

    no adam warren?? figured he be on the list

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s on the 40-man.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    So the Prospect write up on David Adams in Baseball America says following the injury…”he’s lost the quickness to play second base and played almost exclusively at the hot corner over the last 6 weeks of the season. He has enough arm strength and had played there a bit before getting hurt.” That’s interesting.

    • Bob Buttons

      For all we know two seasons later he might regain the quickness after some strengthening and healing. I have no access to his records nor am I a doctor by trade but that chance isn’t non-existent.

      Then again BA guys actually watched Thunder games.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        Good point, and I know the BA writers talk to Scouts, both inside the organization and competitive ones…

    • Ted Nelson

      I’ve been saying that for months.

    • Samuel

      It may be some “lost his quickness” for Adams, but Corban Joseph can not play any other position than second base. With Adams and Joseph both likely in AAA this season, it would have been idiotic to have Adams continue at second base last year.

      Adams was at third base primarily due to NEED. Other than Adams, Yankees have NO ONE in their organization (at a higher level) who is even remotely competent at third base. However, Adams still showed good footwork at second in first half of season, and turned a pretty good double play.

  • Steve NJ

    oh ic gotcha thanks forgot where he was on the roster

  • CountryClub

    Sweeny just tweeted that scouts love Ramon Flores. Since he’s on the 40, I wonder of he has a shot to make the team.

    • Austin Aunelowitzky

      BA had him at #12 in the organization…and the write up was pretty flattering on his bat…expecting him to start the year at Trenton.

      • CountryClub

        Trenton? Thanks.

        • Bo Knows

          he was in tampa all last year and hit very well (personally felt he should have been promoted then but its a moot point now.

    • jesse

      Nah, he’ll start in Trenton like Austin Aunelowitzky noted. Perhaps he gets a quick look in September if there’s a chance since he’s already on the 40-man. Still very young as he doesn’t turn 21 until late March.

  • Jonathan

    Don’t forget #6 won’t be used either

  • Vern Sneaker

    Looking forward to seeing Montgomery and Nuding pitch and of course the top position prospects.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Slade, Black, and Goody are most exciting to me. I do hope Montgomery has a better showing this spring. I want to see him in the mix 2nd half of the year.

      • Vern Sneaker

        Yes, Black and Goody very intriguing.

  • JonMichel

    Austin,Heathcott, Sanchez, Montgomery I could see making it to the bigs. I hope they move Austin back to 3rd. And I guess Mason Williams is still recovering from his injury.

  • MannyGeee

    Seeing Montgomery facing some Major League-adjacent hitting could be real fun

  • The Constant Gardner

    Kyle Higashioka!!

    I know they just need catchers, but I’m always glad Higgy’s on the list. Maybe this year he’ll find his swing.

  • Back in the Saddle

    Mike–I was going to ask you about spring training invitees. Thanks for doing this….

  • Joba’s Trampoline

    In regards to the Mason Williams “attitude problem”. Let’s just say that I got some news back in July that “they” were not happy with his attitude… I spent a lot of time watching him play and he was cocky, selfish and generally a poor sport in every game…

    • Pat D

      Well that settles it then.

    • TCMiller30

      How can you be selfish in baseball? Catching all the fly balls? Not letting the other guy eat any of your sunflower seeds?

  • Zach

    “Now batting, #104 Kyle Roller” I hope this happens!!

  • Samuel

    Only one guy on this invite list has never played a single game in a full season minor league. And I find it very interesting that he is invited to big league camp with only 122 plate appearances to his professional resume.

    And he is my pick for breakout player of the year in 2013…and should be a Yankee regular by 2016. Stud.