On this date last year, the Yankees released their list of non-roster invitees. So far this year, a few names have leaked out, but we have yet to see a full list. Here’s last year’s group:
C Kyle Anson, INF Doug Bernier, INF Angel Berroa, C Kevin Cash, OF Colin Curtis, INF/OF Shelley Duncan, LHP Kei Igawa, OF Austin Jackson, RHP Jason Johnson, INF Justin Leone, OF Todd Linden, RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Sergio Mitre, C Jesus Montero, INF Eduardo Nunez, INF Ramiro Pena, C P.J. Pilittere, OF John Rodriguez, C Austin Romine and INF Kevin Russo (RHP Brett Tomko hadn’t been signed yet, and RHP J.B. Cox, RHP George Kontos and RHP Kanekoa Texeira were added in mid-February).
Of the 20 non-roster players who were initially invited to big league camp, six eventually played in the big leagues. One of them, Pena, actually made the opening day roster. Three more — including Jackson — were added to the 40-man this winter. Leone was eventually released, Linden went to play in Japan and Johnson missed much of the season with a shoulder injury.
The 2009 group of non-roster invitees was heavy on infielders, but that probably won’t be the case this season. Pena, Russo, Nunez and Reegie Corona are on the 40-man, and that doesn’t leave much room for additional non-roster infielders. We’ve already seen the names of three non-roster outfielders signed to minor league deals — Jon Weber, Reid Gorecki and David Winfree — so there’s not much room there either.
Some in-house names that should be (I’m guessing) invited to big league camp: RHP Kevin Whelan, RHP Grant Duff, OF Colin Curtis, 1B Jorge Vazquez, LHP Kei Igawa, C P.J. Pilittere, C Jesus Montero, C Austin Romine, RHP Jason Hirsh, RHP Zach McAllister. There are others, but those are the first that jumped to my mind.