Earlier today, the New York Yankees announced that they had invited 20 players to spring training as non-roster invites. Among the players invited to camp are seven recently signed minor league free agents in the persons of Francisco Diaz, Danny Espinosa, David Hale, Erik Kratz, Wade LeBlanc, Chace Numata, and Jace Peterson.
Among the prospects invited to camp are right-handed pitchers Chance Adams, Cody Carroll, Cale Coshow, Raynel Espinal, J.P. Feyereisen, Dillon Tate, Taylor Widener and Brady Lail. Also, left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, catcher Jorge Saez, and infielders Nick Solak and Kyle Holder were invited to camp. The lone outfield prospect the Yankees invited was Estevan Florial.
Diaz, 27, will be entering his third season with the Yankees after signing as a minor league free agent in November 2015. In 519 career minor league games he hit .254/.328/.321 with 73 doubles.
Espinosa, was a once promising prospect with the Nationals but has struggled, hitting just .221/.297/.378 in 872 career major league games.
Hale, 30, is a journeyman minor league right-handed pitcher with only 10 games experience in the major leagues. In 161 minor league games, he owns a 34-44 record with a 4.20 ERA and 531 strikeouts over 705 innings pitched.
Kratz, 37, is a journeyman minor league catcher that the Yankees acquired last year for cash. In 964 minor league games, he hit .257/.333/.442 with 215 doubles, five triples, and 123 home runs. Also, he has played in 228 major league games since making his MLB debut on July 17, 2010. In the majors, he has hit .203/.250/.366.
LeBlanc, 33, spent the last few seasons pitching for several teams including the Angels, Yankees, Mariners, and the Pirates. In 176 major league games, he owns a 30-35 record with a 4.40 ERA and 407 strikeouts in 576 2/3 innings pitched.
Numata, 25, was signed as a minor league free agent on November 10. In 444 minor league games, he has never advanced beyond Double-A. He has hit .258/.327/.337 in 1467 at-bats.
Peterson, 27, spent most of his major league career with the Atlanta Braves after making his debut in 2014 with the San Diego Padres. In 383 career MLB games, he hit .234/.319/.331, seeing time all over both the infield and outfield.
Out of the 13 prospects invited to camp, 10 of them are on our Yankees Top 75 Prospects list. They are Estevan Florial (#2), Justus Sheffield (#3), Chance Adams (#6), Nick Solak (#11), Dillon Tate (#12), Taylor Widener (#15), Kyle Holder (#19), Cody Carroll (#21), Cale Coshow (#61), and JP Feyereisen (#66).
They will be joining another 13 players currently on the Yankees 40-man roster that are among the top prospects in the organization, including Gleyber Torres (#1), Domingo Acevedo (#4), Albert Abreu (#5), Miguel Andujar (#7), Thairo Estrada (#9), Domingo German (#16), Billy McKinney (#20), Jake Cave (#22), Jonathan Loaisiga (#29), Tyler Austin (#32), Kyle Higashioka (#34), Ben Heller (#52), and Giovanny Gallegos (#65).