As 2024 spring training inches closer and closer, teams around the league are beginning to release their lists of non-roster invitees to big league camp. On Monday, the Toronto Blue Jays released theirs in a post on X, and the group is stacked.
Blue Jays release list of non-roster invites to 2024 spring training
Of the catchers making the cut, only Brian Serven has any big league experience under his belt. The 28-year-old was just recently claimed off of waivers from the Cubs and subsequently outrighted to Triple-A when the Justin Turner signing became official. Clarke, Britton and Sosa are all long-time farmhands for the Jays but none of them are expected to contend for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Around the infield, things begin to get more interesting. Top prospects like Addison Barger, Leo Jimenez and Orelvis Martinez aren't included on the list because they are already on the 40-man roster. Non-roster invites are strictly players who are not on the 40-man.
Damiano Palmegiani, Jays Journal's No. 16 prospect, is undoubtedly the top name to watch here. The sweet-swinging corner infielder had an exceptional year in 2023, hitting 33 doubles and 23 home runs with 93 RBI across 128 games. He followed this up with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .263 with six home runs across 22 contests. While he may be something of a longshot for the Opening Day roster, it isn't exactly impossible that we see his surprising inclusion.
In the outfield, Cam Eden, who briefly made a big league cameo last year, will get another shot in camp. Alan Roden, the No. 6 prospect in Jays Journal's rankings, is the top name here, as he is a contact-oriented prospect that has quickly risen through the ranks in the Blue Jays' system. He has a strong eye at the plate and is still developing his power, so it feels like we have yet to see him hit his full peak yet. Of all of the position players making the cut, Roden's got the best odds of cracking the big league roster out of camp.
Of course, the top pitcher here is left-hander Ricky Tiedemann, the consensus top prospect in the Jays' system, regardless of where you look. He made it all the way up to Triple-A in 2023 and is believed to be close to his big league debut. It's unlikely that he starts the year on the major league squad, but a summer debut feels like a serious possibility.
Other notable names here include Connor Cooke (JJ No. 15), Chad Dallas (No. 19) and Mason Fluharty (No. 28).