Taylor among 15 Minor Leaguers getting camp invites
Shortstop Chris Taylor, last year’s Mariners Minor League Player of the Year, is one of 15 youngsters not on the 40-man roster who’ll be invited to take part in Seattle’s Major League Spring Training when manager Lloyd McClendon opens his first camp next month in Peoria, Ariz., the club announced Tuesday.
In addition to the 15 Minor League non-roster invitees, the Mariners have so far signed four veteran free agents to Minor League deals with Spring Training invitations – right-handed pitchers Ramon Ramirez and Matt Palmer, catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Cole Gillespie.
That number of veteran free agents figures to grow before camp opens with pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 12 and position players on Feb. 17. But the Minor League invitations have now been extended, with Taylor among 10 rookies who’ll receive their first exposure to the big-league camp.
Also getting their first Major League camp invites are catcher Mike Dowd, infielders Ty Kelly, Gabriel Noriega and Nate Tenbrink, left-handed pitchers Roenis Elias, James Gillheeny and Nick Hill, and right-handers Stephen Kohlscheen and Dominic Leone.
Five other invited Minor Leaguers will be getting their second big-league camp experience – catcher John Hicks and right-handed pitchers Jonathan Arias, Andrew Carraway, Chance Ruffin and Carson Smith.
These players will be invited to camp in addition to those on the 40-man roster, which can be viewed here.