The quickest way to post the non-roster list was to simply copy-paste the Yankees press release, but that’s a lot of text and it’s a little difficult to sort through. Feel free to scroll down for some stats and basic information about these guys, but if you’re just looking for names and positions, here’s an easy-to-digest list of all the Yankees non-roster invitations, including the guys who were announced earlier this winter.
Don’t forget, this is in addition to anyone on the 40-man, so guys like Melky Mesa and Hector Noesi are automatically invited to camp.
Also, Jordan Parraz — who was designated for assignment last week after the Justin Maxwell trade — cleared waivers today and was outrighted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. That means he’s still in the organization, and that’s why he got an invitation to camp.
Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances and Hector Noesi are on the 40-man and automatically invited to big league camp. There are no surprises in this group, especially given the fact that Phelps, Warren and Mitchell could make a run at a rotation spot. I thought Graham Stoneburner might get an invitation, but the Yankees have a ton of pitchers in camp as it is.
The only organizational reliever to get a non-roster invitation is Wordekemper, who’s never been highly touted but has consistently put up impressive numbers. Ryan Pope and Steve Garrison are already on the 40-man, so they’ll be there as well. Craig Heyer, Josh Schmidt and Pat Venditte were left out, which isn’t all that surprising. I listed Carlyle among the relievers, but he could pitch in either role in the minor leagues.
Gil, Higashioka, Montero and Romine are all getting their second invitations to big league camp. Last year Gil was a late addition, and I suppose the Yankees could invite J.R. Murphy if they decide they need another guy behind the plate, but eight catchers is probably enough. Gil isn’t on any prospect lists, but he’s bounced around the organization and filled holes at different levels. Last year, Higashioka was the youngest player in camp. This year it will be Banuelos.
This was the only real surprise for me: No Corban Joseph and no David Adams. Both are legitimate prospects in the organization, and both could be in Triple-A by the end of the year (or the middle of the summer). I thought they’d at least spend a few days with the big leaguers, but really, the Yankees already have a lot of second basemen and third basemen coming to camp. They need to see what Belliard and Chavez have left, they need to find out whether Vazquez and Brandon Laird can help this season, and they need to move Eduardo Nunez, Ramiro Pena and Kevin Russo all around the infield. There are only so many at-bats.
Parraz was designated for assignment last week, but he cleared waivers today. Most of the Yankees upper-level outfielders are already on the 40-man. Justin Maxwell, Greg Golson, Colin Curtis and Melky Mesa will automatically be in camp. The guy I want to see is Brewer. In the past two years, he’s kind of pulled of a lighter version of what Laird has done: Going from vaguely on the radar to building some legitimate prospect buzz. He has a little bit of power and a little bit of speed and showed last year that he can play center field. He won’t make the big league club out of camp, but he’s one of the smaller-name guys who might be worth watching.
Another way to sort the non-roster guys…
Veterans signed to minor league contracts
RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Freddy Garcia, RHP Warner Madrigal, RHP Brian Anderson, RHP Buddy Carlyle, RHP Mark Prior, LHP Neal Cotts, LHP Andrew Sisco, INF Doug Bernier, INF Ronnie Belliard, INF Eric Chavez and C Gustavo Molina
LHP Manny Banuelos, OF Daniel Brewer, C Jose Gil, C Kyle Higashioka, OF Austin Krum, RHP D.J. Mitchell, C Jesus Montero, OF Jordan Parraz, RHP David Phelps, C Austin Romine, INF Bradley Suttle, INF Jorge Vazquez, RHP Adam Warren and RHP Eric Wordekemper