Yankees announce 26 non-roster invitees for spring training, including outfielder Spencer Jones

Spencer Jones, clad in his New York Yankees attire, displaying his talent on the baseball field, recognized as one of the top prospects in the team's farm system.

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The New York Yankees have unveiled their list of 26 non-roster invitees set to participate in the upcoming 2024 spring training, which is scheduled to kick off with pitchers and catchers reporting on February 14th and exhibition games starting on the 24th at the Tampa complex.

Yankees invite 26 to spring training

Spencer Jones as a New York Yankees prospect

These invitees encompass a diverse mix of players, including notable prospects, depth minor leaguers, and veterans aiming to demonstrate their capabilities, potentially catching the eye of other teams seeking late-spring additions.

Among the catchers, the list includes Josh Breaux, who traversed three levels of the Yankees’ system in 2023, along with J.C. Escarra, a seasoned 28-year-old with experience in independent ball in both the United States and Mexico. Additionally, Ben Rice, a 2021 Ivy League draft pick, and Luis Torrens, a former top International Free Agent signing, round out the catching contingent.

Moving to the infield, names like Jeter Downs, Caleb Durbin, Jose Rojas, T.J. Rumfield, Kevin Smith, and Josh VanMeter stand out. Downs, surviving DFA limbo, adds depth to the infield roster, while Rojas returns stateside after a stint in the KBO. Durbin, a speedy breakout player, and Rumfield, a power hitter, also join the ranks alongside VanMeter, a seasoned infielder with major league experience.

The outfield welcomes returning faces like Greg Allen, Luis González, Oscar González, Spencer Jones, and Brandon Lockridge. Jones, a towering prospect out of Vanderbilt, stands out as a top pick for the Yankees in 2022. Alongside him, the group features a mix of experienced players and rising talents.

On the pitching front, the Yankees’ non-roster invitees include Nick Burdi, Yerry De Los Santos, Joey Gerber, Chase Hampton, Anthony Misiewicz, Oddanier Mosqueda, Dennis Santana, Tanner Tully, Duane Underwood Jr., Art Warren, and Will Warren. Each brings a unique set of skills and experiences, ranging from MLB veterans to promising prospects.

As the spring training unfolds, these non-roster invitees will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and vie for potential spots on the Yankees’ roster. For some, it’s a chance to prove their worth, while for others, it marks the beginning of a journey towards fulfilling their major league aspirations.

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