Best AL Spring Non Roster Invites
The best part of spring every year is seeing that former all star or top prospect from 7 years ago that been on his 5th team in 4 years, all with the same goal: Making it to the big leagues again. Here is a list of the most fun non roster invite (hopefully at least one per team)
Baltimore starts the list with some former stud pitchers,
Matt Harvey and Felix Hernandez. 2 pitchers that can not me more opposite. Matt Harvey got big time for a 2 years in the biggest market and flamed out just as quick as he came. Felix on the other hand went a decade lost in Seattle pitching gem after gem. In Boston, Jett Bandy makes his triumph return. He hasn't played in a big league game since 2018 but hopefully he can make this team and bring joy to all our hearts again. Yankees have 2 interesting OF spring invites. Jay Bruce and Socrates Brito. Jay Bruce still has some juice in the bat and Socrates is named Socrates, I think that is enough said. Tampa has no one interesting besides Hunter Strickland. Toronto makes up for the Rays lack of fun. Toronto brings in Francisco Liriano, Joe Panik, Tommy Milone, and Rockies prospect Forrest Wall.
White Sox graduated all their fun players to the big league roster besides Jonathan Lucroy and former #1 overall pick Tim Beckham (I still hold out hope he will be good). My favorite spring training invite this year is in Cleveland. Anthony Gose (former Blue Jays CF prospect) is trying to make this big leagues, but now as a pitcher. MORE 2 WAY PLAYERS. Oliver Perez is back and I am sure he will win a bullpen spot because that is what he does every year. Lastly in Cleveland Billy Hamilton found the leagues worst outfield and trying again to hit .210 in the big leagues. Detroit is challenging Baltimore for the top pitching invites. Detroit is bringing in Derek Holland, Willy Peralta, Erasmo Ramirez, and Julio Teheran. You could tell me that was a teams rotation in 2020 and I would believe it. Royals have almost all their top prospects up in camp, oh and Ervin Santana. Minnesota is keeping the dream alive for Keon Broxton and Rob Refsynder,
The only fun name in Houston camp is Steven Souza Jr. I still believe. Joe Maddon continues to be the best. Inviting Juan Lagares and Jon Jay to camp. I would not be surprised to see one of them in big leagues this year as a pinch runner of sorts. Oakland brings in Cardinal great Pete Kozma to camp. Remember that post season run he had? What a time. They also bring back Jed Lowrie for what feels like the 9th time. Seattle brings in their top prospects, as they should, but we all know they wont be up until a 2-3 weeks into April according to Kevin Mather. Matt Bush is back in Texas along with Ian Kennedy. More importantly they bring in Brock Holt for a try out.