Spring training is around the corner.
At long last, after months without baseball, MLB is about to open camps and start spring training.
For the New York Yankees, the date for pitchers and catchers to report is February 15.
Position players will report a few days after that.
Besides the usual suspects – Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Rodon, Luis Severino, and other stars that are already on the roster – the Bombers have extended 29 invitations for non-roster players to go to camp and try to win a spot.
Here are all the names.
The Yankees have invited 29 non-roster players to 2023 Major League Spring Training. pic.twitter.com/EuLYVjtj3i
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 7, 2023
There are several types of players on this list.
You have the promising prospects, like Anthony Volpe, Jasson Dominguez, Andres Chaparro, Anthony Seigler, and Austin Wells.
All of them could potentially win a spot but will probably open the year in Triple-A.
Additionally, you also have the seasoned veterans looking for a spot, like Rafael Ortega, Billy McKinney, Wilmer Difo, and others.
Last, but not least, there are some former top prospects trying to prove that a change of scenery could work wonders for them, like Willie Calhoun and Jake Bauers.
It’s a very diverse group, but all of these players know that winning a place on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster will be extremely challenging because there are precious few spots available.
A strong spring could open doors for all of them, as they need to take advantage of every opportunity, every plate appearance, or every inning they get.
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