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How Inviting The Non-Roster Players For Spring Training Will Help Yankees Elevate Their 2024 Season?

The New York Yankees focused on the offseason to turn things around after the terrible 2023 season. They had the second-worst batting average last year. Moreover, it was the Oakland Athletics who were the only team with an even worse batting average. Clearly, the team needed to make significant changes this offseason. That’s what they did. Moreover, the NY side made sure they had more dependable outfielders. This way, the offense of the Bronx Bombers got even stronger. But the biggest boost this offseason for the NY side was when they signed Juan Soto for a year. The Dominican superstar alone changes the dynamic of the Yankees outfield.

Previously, Aaron Judge was the lone superstar in that outfield for the NY side. Now, they have the two best hitters in the league in the same batting order. Clearly, it raises hope for the Bronx Bombers for the upcoming season. The Yankees Nation hopes their beloved team will redeem themselves in 2024. Now, the question is if they can win the AL East. It won’t be easy because the Baltimore Orioles are looking stronger than ever. Anyhow, the Yankees look to focus on their spring training at present. Surprisingly though, the Bronx Bombers invited many non-roster players for their spring training.


What’s The List Of The Non-Roster Invitees For The Spring Training Look Like?

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Spencer Jones Yankees Source: MLB.com

The New York Yankees invited some of their top prospects outside their MLB roster. These players got an invitation to the major league spring training. They invited almost 26 non-roster players. But the most notable names on the list of the 26 NRIs are Spencer Jones and Chase Hampton. Moreover, Spencer Jones, an outfielder, is the top prospect of the Yankees for their position player role. On the other hand, Chase Hampton is a right-handed pitcher. He is the top pitching prospect of the NY Yankees. Moreover, the Pinstripes also invited pitching prospect Will Warren.

Anyhow, the other names on the list of the 26 NRIs are Josh Breaux (C), Jeter Downs (INF), Caleb Durbin (INF), Oscar Gonzalez (OF), Brandon Lockridge (OF), Ben Rice (C), T.J. Rumfield. Then, there are Nick Burdi (RHP), Yerry de los Santos (RHP), J.C. Escarra (C), Luis Gonzales (OF), Oddanier Mosqueda (LHP), Jose Rojas (INF/OF). Moreover, there are Dennis Santana (RHP), Kevin Smith (INF), Luis Torrens (C), Duane Underwood Jr. (RHP), and Josh VanMeter (INF). Some more names whom the Yankees invited were Greg Allen (OF), Anthony Misiewicz (LHP), Tanner Tully (LHP), Joey Gerber (RHP), and finally, Art Warren (RHP). 

Yankees Are Getting Ready For The First Full Squad Workout

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DJ LeMahieu Yankees Source: MLB.com

On February 15, the pitchers and catchers of the NY side will report to Tampa. Then, on February 20, the Yankees will have their first full-squad workout. Moreover, the team will need to figure out exactly what the batting order will look like. Earlier, Aaron Boone mentioned he was still not sure if he would send Juan Soto at second or third.

Hence, the batting order for Soto and Aaron Judge is still in a little bit of uncertain territory. But the Yankees skipper said it will come down to who’s going as the leadoff hitter. Chances are it will be DJ LeMahieu. Moreover, who’ll start alongside Gerrit Cole? Either Carlos Rodon or Nestor Cortes. Or perhaps it will be Marcus Stroman.

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