Yankees Announce Non-roster Camp Invitees
Yankees spring training will be loaded with prospects.
New York announced 20 non-roster invitees Friday, including the club’s top pitching prospects, Justus Sheffield and Chance Adams, and highly touted outfielder Estevan Florial.
With 40-man roster infielders Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Thairo Estrada, and pitchers Albert Abreu and Domingo Acevedo already invited, eight of Baseball America’s top 10 Yankees propects will be among the 60 players in Tampa, Florida, when camp opens Feb. 13.
The list also includes veteran infielders Danny Espinosa and Jace Peterson, catcher Erik Kratz and pitchers David Hale and Wade LeBlanc and a trio of RailRiders pitchers: Brady Lail, J.P. Feyereisen and Cale Coshow. Sheffield and Adams rank among the game’s best pitching prospects.
Sheffield, 21, spent last year at Double-A Trenton and might have been on track for a promotion to the RailRiders if not for an oblique injury that robbed him of most of July and August. The southpaw made 17 starts for the Thunder and had a 3.18 ERA. He struck out 82, walked 33 and allowed 14 home runs in 93⅓ innings.
Adams, 23, made 21 starts for the RailRiders last season and pitched to a 2.89 ERA. He struck out 103 and walked 43 in 115⅓innings, but did allow nine home runs.
Florial, the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America, hit .298 across 110 games between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa. The 20-year-old slugged 13 home runs, 23 doubles and seven triples, but struck out 148 times.
Espinosa played seven seasons with the Nationals before spending time with the Angels, Mariners and Rays last year. He’s regarded as a solid defender, but his batting averaged dipped to .173 in 93 games last year.
Peterson came up in the Padres organization — alongside Abington Heights graduate Cory Spangenberg — and spent the last three seasons with the Braves. The 27-year-old has played at least one game at every position expect catcher and pitcher and is a career .234 hitter.
Kratz, 37, has been in professional baseball since 2002. He spent all of last season at Triple-A Columbus in the Indians organzation, where he batted .270 with 30 extra-base hits, including 13 home runs.
Hale and LeBlanc have plenty of big league expericence. Hale spent last season in the Dodgers organization, while LeBlanc went 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 50 games with the Pirates. This will be LeBlanc’s second stint with the Yankees: He pitched one inning and allowed two runs in a 2014 game.
Other prospects to receive a non-roster invite include:
■ Pitchers Dillon Tate — the No. 4 overall pick in 2015 draft who came to the Yankees in the trade that sent Carlos Beltran to Texas — Cody Carroll, Raynel Espinal and Taylor Widener.
■ Infielders Kyle Holder and Nick Solak. Holder, a glove-first player, was a first-round pick by the Yankees in 2015 and Solak, a bat-first second baseman, was New York’s second-round pick in 2016.
The RailRiders agreed to a three-year extension with Bold Gold Media Group, who carries the team’s radio broadcasts on 1400 AM, The Game.
All 140 SWB games will be aired, as will any playoff games, the Triple-A All-Star Game and the Triple-A National Championship. The RailRiders also will have a new broadcast team, Adam Marco and Adam Giardino.
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