Blue Jays announce non-roster invitees for Spring Training
The Blue Jays have announced a total of 15 internal non-roster invitees for Spring Training 2019, including two catchers, an outfielder, and seven pitchers.
The Blue Jays officially announced their list of internal non-roster invitees to Spring Training Saturday morning. Below is a summary of the players who have received invites:
Pitching prospects T.J. Zeuch and Zach Jackson will both be invited to big league camp. They will be joined by recent waiver claim Mark Leiter Jr. and recent MiLB signing Shawn Morimando.
Rounding out the list of arms are Willy Ortiz, Javy Guerra, and Justin Shafer.
Unsurprisingly, Max Pentecost will receive an invite to major league camp. In 89 games with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2018, Pentecost, 25, slashed .253/.283/.401 and added 10 home runs, 52 RBI and 17 doubles.
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His New Hampshire teammate Patrick Cantwell, who appeared in 40 games for the Cats, slashing .276/.386/.433 with four home runs, will also receive an invite to major league camp.
Top prospects Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio will all be receiving invites to major league camp. Shortstop Santiago Espinal, who the Blue Jays acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the Steve Pearce trade, will also be invited.
Finally, second baseman Eric Sogard, who signed with the team on a minor-league contract in December, is invited.
The lone internal outfielder given an invite, 23-year-old Forrest Wall, slashed .271/.354/.380 in 35 games for the Fisher Cats. Acquired in the mid-season Seunghwan Oh trade, Wall is currently listed as the organization’s #25 prospect.
The Blue Jays will likely be adding more players via low-risk minor-league deals, but these invites should provide the basic framework for how spring training will look for the younger players. Spring training officially begins on February 23rd, when the Blue Jays take on the Tigers.