The New York Yankees announced today they have invited 26 players to 2015 Spring Training.
Among the invitees are 2014 second-round draft pick Jacob Lindgren, who rocketed through the Yankees system last year. The southpaw Lindgren is the lone 2014 draftee invited to big-league camp, but other recent draft classes are well represented.
Four players from the 2013 draft will be present, as OF Aaron Judge (first round, 32nd overall), RHP Nick Rumbelow (seventh), LHP Tyler Webb (10th) and C Trent Garrison (28th) received invitations.
Judge will likely get some early chances against major-league pitching, while Rumbelow and Webb, who both reached Triple-A Scranton in 2014, will get good looks as well vs. big-league hitters.
Representing the 2012 class are INF Rob Refsnyder (fifth round), RHP Nick Goody (sixth) and LHP James Pazos (13th). INF Greg Bird (fifth round) and OF Jake Cave (sixth) were selected in 2011. From the 2010 class are INF Cito Culver (first round, 32nd overall) and INF Kyle Roller (eighth), with both trying to prove a point.
Of that 2012 group, Refsnyder will get a chance to show his defense has improved at second base, while 2011 draftees Bird, Pazos and Cave emerged last season after promotions to Double-A Trenton. Roller has shown power in the system each year and has improved defensively at first base. Culver is excellent defensively, but has yet to hit consistently in the system.
They will be joined by Yankees top prospect Luis Severino, who like Lindgren, moved quickly through the farm system and ended 2014 in Double-A, where he could start 2015.
Recent minor league signees RHP Scott Baker, INF Cole Figueroa, INF Jonathan Galvez, C Juan Graterol, INF Nick Noonan, and C Eddy Rodriguez will be joining the big club this spring.
Also invited to George M. Steinbrenner Field are RHP Andrew Bailey, the former Athletics closer coming back from injury, OF Slade Heathcott, re-signed to a minor-league contract, C Kyle Higashioka, C Francisco Arcia, RHP Vicente Campos, RHP Diego Moreno and RHP Wilking Rodriguez.
Both Higashioka and Arcia, who also plays first base, have shown they can contribute during their years in the system.