Dodger NRI for 2018 spring training
You might yawn when you hear about Non-Roster Invitations but when you consider what the Dodgers have gotten out of their veteran NRI over the past few years it beholds us to take a look at the group for 2018. Last year this group included Brandon Morrow. In 2016 Charlie Culberson and Luis Coleman made an impression.
This group is a combination of veterans trying to catch on with the major league club and promising prospects who have yet to be added to the 40-man-roster.
Among the prospects a few notes:
Keibert Ruiz has to be the youngest Dodger catcher invited to spring training in many a year.
Jake Peter and Matt Beaty will get a chance to impress the staff if the Dodgers need an infielder during the season.
Diaz and Peters will use this opportunity to show the Dodgers they could trade Alex Verdugo if they feel the need, or conversely show the Dodgers they better keep him.
Among the veterans, I have some hopes for:
Manny Banuelos, the once highly regarded Yankee Prospect is a left hander with good stuff who simply hasn’t been able to reach the final hurdle to make a major league career. Much like Henry Owens who is on the 40-man-roster one tweak, or different pitching advice may be all he needs to spring over that hurdle.
The dual throwing Pat Venditte is in camp. That alone should be fun.
LHP Manny Banuelos
RHP Joe Broussard
RHP Daniel Corcino
RHP CC Lee
RHP Mark Lowe
LHP Brian Moran
RHP Zach Neal
RHP Yaisel Sierra
LHP/RHP Pat Venditte