Yankees announce 2014 Spring Training invitees

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Pitchers and catchers are due to report to Tampa in two weeks and two days, and today the Yankees announced their non-roster Spring Training invitees. Last year the team brought a ridiculous 44 non-roster players to camp, but this year the number is a much more normal 26. As a reminder, players on the 40-man roster will automatically be with the big league team in Spring Training. Here’s the list of non-roster players:

Francisco Arcia
Jose Gil
Peter O’Brien

Russ Canzler
Corban Joseph
Jose Pirela
Scott Sizemore
Yangervis Solarte
Zelous Wheeler

Tyler Austin
Adonis Garcia
Antoan Richardson
Mason Williams

Bruce Billings
Danny Burawa
Robert Coello
Matt Daley
Brian Gordon
David Herndon
Chris Leroux
Jim Miller
Mark Montgomery
Yoshinori Tateyama
Chase Whitley

Fred Lewis
Francisco Rondon

* * *

The most notable ommission is probably UTIL Ronnie Mustelier, who was invited to camp last year and almost won a bench job before getting hurt just as the Yankees were preparing to head north. He had a good but not great minor league season (101 wRC+ at Triple-A), and if the team was unwilling to call him up to help that big league roster last summer, they probably never will.

One thing I am looking forward to this Spring Training is the bullpen competition. There are a lot of open spots and there will be a ton of young arms in camp trying to win one. If nothing else, they’ll be fun to watch in March as we wait for games that mean something.

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  • Farewell Mo

    Holy shit, the Mustelier cheer squad is gonna go bat shit crazy now.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      I read that as cheese squad and was amused.

  • mark

    Mike – are the Yanks still playing 2 exhibition games in Panama? I don’t see anything in the schedule.

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

      Nothing has been officially announced yet, but supposedly it will happen.

  • BTG

    Which players from the list have a legitimate chance to make the team? Sizemore? Daley? Pretty slim pickins’ if you ask me.

    • mitch

      If they don’t end up signing another infielder i could see a guy like Canzler making it. They’ll need another guy capable of playing 1B and 3B

  • qwerty

    Ronnie needs more seasoning, like Betances. Give him a few more years.

    • mitch

      Agreed. I think he’s still only 36. His prospect window hasn’t closed yet.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Not sure if serious or old player trolling….

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I usually assume it’s trolling.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Damn, I forgot Adonis Garcia and his 80-tool name were a thing.

    Fantastic, more fodder for the ‘OMG cut Ichiro and bring north!’ crowd.

    • Havok9120

      Yangervis Solarte is at least as good. Chris Leroux isn’t an 80, but still isn’t bad.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Yangervis Solarte is solid,

        Chris Leroux simply picked the wrong sport. He should be on Edmonton’s 2nd line with a name like that…

        • Edb

          I vote Zelous Wheeler

  • ropeadope

    Once again (44 years running), I failed to receive an invite. Any chance of trading Zelous Wheeler for Zack Wheeler? After all, what’s in a name?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    5 catchers on the 40MR and we invite 3 more? Yeah, I’m baffled.

    Also, as a fan of Mustelier, disappointed, but not much we can do.

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

      There are like ten bullpen mounds in Tampa. They always bring a ton of catchers just so pitchers can get their work in.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        We need to clone Roman Rodriguez clearly.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Gus Molina cries a tear somewhere… actually, he might be in Tampa right now, just sorta hoping.

  • Joe

    No Slade?

    • Havok9120

      Already on the 40-man I believe.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      On 40MR enough to wipeout another Right Fielder trying to catch a ball.

      • I’m One

        Don’t let him near the same field that Ellsbury is on. That’s an accident waiting to happen.

    • Govin

      Hes already on the forty man roster so he doesn’t need to be invited.

    • Billy

      Slade is on 40-man so he’s automatically in camp.

    • bulasteve

      Slade is on the 40 man roster.

      • Darren

        So…is Slade on the 40 man?

        Mama, weer all crazee now.

  • OldYanksFan

    Polling the Industry: Masahiro Tanaka in 2014

    • ALZ

      Pretty much where I would put him. He doesn’t have the potential of Strasburg, and he doesn’t have the proven ability of Bailey, but that doesn’t mean he is bad. He can still be a really important part of this team.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    The excessive groin pulling obviously scared the Yanks away on Musty. That’s just freakish.

    • Darren

      Who among us here on RAB has not been subject to excessive groin pulling? Let he or she amongst us cast the first stone!

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Is Manny Banuelos on the 40 man?

    • ALZ

      Yes. Been in the farm since 2008, very real chance team would’ve taken him in the rule 5 draft if not protected.

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m looking forward to seeing Montgomery this spring. It’d be great if he could have a big spring and get his confidence right. I mean, this is the guy most of think is gonna be the future closer of the team, or at least set up man for Drob, right?

  • The 1%

    Why did they cut David Adams?

    • Edb

      Probably because he couldn’t hit, field, run or stay healthy. They have Brian Roberts to not do all of that.

  • nycsportzfan

    Does DePaula really sit at 95 and get it up to 99mph?? Also, whats his change like? Hes got a great build with room to add weight. Hes currently 99 on top 100 prospects on MLB.COM. So also, is his secondary stuff nasty enough to really make that heater a weapon?

  • mikhel

    Zelous Wheeler helped propellate his team towards the championship in the Mexican Winter League last night with a huge homerun (and very good defense at OF because in the winter leagues there is too much talent playing 3B so as to have Wheeler play there).

    The team he played with (Naranjeros de Hermosillo) during the playoffs as a reinforcement (teams that advance to semis and finals are granted a pick to reinforce their team with a player from an already eliminated team) will being the Caribbean series playing vs Cuba.

  • mikhel

    For those interested in watching Wheeler play winter ball:

    Caribbean Series 2014 will be aired on ESPN Deportes beginning this next saturday, current champion México will play vs Cuba, and the expectation is that Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Dominicana will have a lot of prospects and major leaguers playing (I don’t know if Pablo Sandoval will agree to play).

    The caribbean series pits face to face the champions of winter leagues from México, Puerto Rico, Dominicana and Venezuela, this year’s edition will also include Cuba (the deal is: nobody will abandon the cuban team, otherwise Cuba won’t grant them another permit to play in the future).

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