Prospects Baez, Bryant, Almora highlight Cubs' NRIs
Trio headlines group of 24 non-roster players invited to big league Spring Training
CHICAGO -- The Cubs have invited 24 non-roster players to Spring Training, including top prospects Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Albert Almora.
Cubs pitchers and catchers will report on Feb. 13 to the team's new facility in Mesa, Ariz., and have their first workout the next day. Position players are set to report on Feb. 18, with new manager Rick Renteria's first full squad workout scheduled for Feb. 19.
Among the pitchers invited to Major League camp are right-handers Marcus Hatley, Kyle Hendricks, Carlos Pimentel, Armando Rivero and Brian Schlitter, and lefties Tommy Hottovy, Eric Jokisch, Jonathan Sanchez and Tsuyoshi Wada. Hendricks was the Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013.
Five infielders were invited, including Baez, Bryant, Ryan Roberts, Chris Valaika and Jeudy Valdez. The list of outfielders invited includes Almora, Chris Coghlan, Aaron Cunningham, Ryan Kalish, Mitch Maier, Darnell McDonald and Casper Wells.
Kalish, 25, a left-handed-hitting outfielder, was voted the Red Sox's Rookie of the Year in 2010. He's coming off surgery on his right shoulder in January 2013, which was followed by cervical fusion surgery last August, similar to a procedure Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning underwent.
Jorge Soler, another top Cubs prospect, will also be in big league camp, but he's already on the 40-man roster.
Catchers John Baker, Rafael Lopez and Eli Whiteside also are on the list of non-roster invitees. The Cubs said Minor League catchers Luis Flores and Will Remillard also will assist at times in big league camp.
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