The second wave of non-roster invitees to 2020 Marlins Spring Training announced Tuesday morning features three of the organization’s last four first-round MLB Draft picks, several other prospects with high upside and two relievers with major league experience. They’ll add some much-needed intrigue to the Grapefruit League, which begins in one month.
As previously reported, Miami has inked former MLB All-Star Ryan Cook and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to minor league deals. Assuming no other significant bullpen additions, I would expect one of them to squeeze onto the Opening Day roster.
Rep1 Baseball, the agency that represents shortstop José Devers and left-hander Alex Vesia, had already congratulated them publicly on the NRI opportunity. Devers just turned 20 years old in December, making him the youngest Marlins participant, while Vesia recently came on the Fish Stripes podcast to discuss his dominance in pro ball.
Here are the 10 additional NRIs, bringing the Spring Training roster up to 63 players:
- INF Eddy Alvarez
- OF JJ Bleday
- LHP Daniel Castano
- OF Jerar Encarnación
- RHP Tommy Eveld
- LHP Braxton Garrett
- LHP Dylan Lee
- OF Víctor Víctor Mesa
- OF Brian Miller
- LHP Trevor Rogers
The Marlins have distributed an updated list of each player’s listed height, weight and uniform number. I noticed that many of them are being listed much heavier than in 2019 (Sandy Alcantara is up 27 pounds, Pablo López is up 21, etc.). These seem to be long overdue updates, rather than reflecting weight gain this past offseason.
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