Pirates Invite 17 More Non-Roster Players to Spring Training
The Pittsburgh Pirates will have at least 65 players in camp when they hold their first full-squad workout of spring training March 20 in Bradenton, Fla.
On Thursday, the Pirates announced an additional 17 players have been invited to camp on a non-roster basis, including many of their top prospects.
The list includes right-handers Cody Bolton, Wei-Chieh Huang, Jared Jones, Carmen Mlodzinski, Kyle Nicolas and Quinn Priester; catcher Carter Bins, Henry Davis and Jason Delay; first baseman/outfielder Matt Gorski; infielders Andres Alvarez, Nick Gonzales, Drew Maggi, Termarr Johnson, Malcom Nunez and Chris Owings; and outfielder Lolo Sanchez.
Johnson is rated as the Pirates’ second-best prospect by Baseball America. Other members of the magazine’s top 30 who are among the non-roster invitees are Davis (No. 3), Priester (No. 5), Gonzales (No. 8), Jones (No. 11), Nicolas (No. 14), Gorski (No. 16), Nunez (No. 20), Mlodzinski (No. 21), Bolton (No. 22) and Alvarez (No. 29).
Just two of the 17 players have major-league experience – Delay and Owings.
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Delay, 27, made his big-league debut last season with the Pirates. He hit .213/.265/.271 with one home run in 57 games.
Owings, 31, is a 10-year veteran who appeared in 26 games with the Baltimore Orioles last season and batted .107/.257/.143. He has also played for Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies.