The Yankees have invited 23 non-roster players to big league Spring Training, the team announced Tuesday.
Among the invites are OF prospect Clint Frazier, RHP prospect James Kaprielian, and SS prospect Gleyber Torres, all considered among the top prospects in baseball.
Included with the remaining invites are 11 players who the team announced minor leauge deals with: catchers Wilkin Castillo, Kellin Deglan, and Francisco Diaz, infielders Ji-Man Choi, Pete Kozma, Donovan Solano, and Ruben Tejada, left-handed pitchers Jason Gurka, Joe Mantiply, and Evan Rutckyj, and right-handed pitcher Nick Rumbelow.
The 23 invites will join every player on the Yankees' 40-man roster, who all receive automatic invites to Spring Training.
I do not see any surprises among the non-roster players invited to spring training. The only "top" prospect missing is OF Blake Rutherford, who will be entering his first full season of professional baseball, so again, no surprise.
It will be exciting for fans to get a glimpse of the Yankees immense prospect talent all in one place for as long as they can survive the cuts. I'm fairly certain there is not a top prospect among the non-roster players _expected_ to reach the big leagues out of camp. That said, there are several prospects who will be watched closely by manager Joe Girardi and his staff to determine who might aid the club during the season when and if needed.
One role that could potentially be filled by someone in this group is the utility infielder position, which was held by Ronald Torreyes last season. Donavan Solano, Pete Kozma and Ruben Tejada all have MLB experience across the infield and one could swoop in to take Torreyes' spot with a strong spring and a poor one by the incumbent.
On the mound, the left-handed relievers - Jason Gurka, Joe Mantiply and maybe Evan Rutckyj - will get extended looks to fill the left-handed middle relief role, especially if the club does not sign anyone to a MLB contract in the interim.