Over at the Enquirer, Zach Buchanan has the list of all the non-roster players who have been invited to the Cincinnati Reds 2018 spring training camp:
The only players guaranteed spots in big-league spring training are those on the 40-man roster. …
The rest is filled with prospects not yet on the 40-man or players signed to minor-league deals. With the Cincinnati Reds using six spots of the 40-man roster to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft, there’s not a lot of intrigue among the non-roster invitees for 2018 spring training.
Check out the entire list of 17 non-roster invitees here. The most interesting name, of course, is Nick Senzel. I think I speak for everyone here when I say that Senzel should be on the 40-man roster very, very soon (because he will have been added to the Reds’ active roster).
Lefty reliever Kyle Crockett was also issued an invitation. Crockett, you will recall, was selected off waivers from Cleveland last month. He was then designated for assignment, and the Reds signed him to a minor league deal with an invite to camp. Steve Mancuso went through some of the reasons why Crockett could be a nice addition to the Reds bullpen. The most important, however, is this: Crockett played his college baseball at the finest institution of higher learning in all the land.
Other familiar names on the list of invitees include Patrick Kivlehan, Barrett Astin, and outfielder Sebastian Elizalde (whose name is almost as fun to say as Lisalverto Bonilla who, incidentally, signed a minor league deal with Cleveland this week, with an invite to their spring camp).
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