TAMPA— Fans will almost undoubtedly see top Yankees prospects Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez play big league spring training at some point.
But it looks like they won’t have dedicated lockers at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
The Yankees have not officially invited any of their top students to spring training, according to an unregistered invitee list released Sunday morning, the day of the official report. Official training is scheduled to start on Monday.
Headliners on the roster included former All-Star center fielder Ender Inciarte, shortstop Jose Peraza and former Yankees top prospect Manny Banuelos.
One of the reasons the Yankees didn’t invite Volpe and Dominguez is likely because minor leaguers started training at the player development complex a few weeks ago across the street. Chances are the Yankees call them whatever they see fit.
Last season, the Yankees invited top catch prospects Austin Wells, Josh Breaux and Anthony Siegler to camp.
Here is the complete list of unregistered Yankees guests: LHP Manny Bañuelos, RHP Jimmy Cordero, C Rodolfo Durán, C David Freitas, OF Ender Inciarte, RHP Vinny Nittoli, INF José Peraza, OF Blake Perkins, RHP Ryan Weber, OF Michael Beltre, C Rob Brantly, C Max McDowell, RHP Reggie McClain, RHP Matt Bowman.
And here is the full Yankees press release:
The New York Yankees announced today that they have invited 14 players to Major League Spring Training 2022. The number of players currently scheduled to attend spring training is 53.
Of the non-registered guests (NRIs), nine played in other organizations in 2021 and signed minor league contracts with the Yankees for the 2022 season: LHP Manny Bañuelos, RHP Jimmy Cordero, C Rodolfo Durán, C David Freitas , OF Ender Inciarte, RHP Vinny Nittoli, INF José Peraza, DE Blake Perkins and RHP Ryan Weber.
Three NRIs – OF Michael Beltre, C Rob Brantly and C Max McDowell – have re-signed with the Yankees for 2022 after playing for the organization in 2021. RHP Reggie McClain, who remained under contract this year, was also invited at big league camp with RHP Matt Bowman, who signed a two-year minor league contract with the Yankees in December 2020 after undergoing “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow in September 2020.
The 14 NRIs consist of six pitchers (one left-handed, five right-handed), four receivers, three outfielders, and one outfielder. Ten of those players have accumulated Major League service time: Inciarte (7 years, 105 days), Peraza (5 years, 121 days), Bowman (4 years, 21 days), Weber (2 years, 153 days) , Cordero (2 years, 136 days), Brantly (2 years, 54 days), Bañuelos (1 year, 146 days), Freitas (1 year, 26 days), McClain (1 year, 6 days) and Nittoli (6 days ).
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