Detroit Tigers announce non-roster invites to Spring Training
Spring Training for the Detroit Tigers is just around the corner
As we approach the month of February, it's hard to believe that baseball season is fast approaching. Most of the state of Michigan just got pelted with snow over the weekend. Yet today, we were reminded that baseball season is indeed getting closer.
The Detroit Tigers released a list of non-roster invites to spring training this afternoon, and there are some interesting names to take note of. Overall, there are 22 players being invited to spring training—12 position players and 10 pitchers.
The entire list is as follows:
Pitchers: Elvis Alvarado, Kervin Castro, Angel De Jesus, Miguel Del Pozo, Miguel Diaz, Brenan Hanifee, Zach Logue, Chasen Shreve, Trey Wingenter, Adam Wolf
Position players: Brendon Davis, Jonathan Davis, Dillon Dingler, Mario Feliciano, César Hernández, Andy Ibañez, Colt Keith, Andrew Knapp, Justyn-Henry Malloy, Jermaine Palacios, Michael Papierski, Julio Rodriguez
One thing you may notice right away is that there aren't a lot of prospects coming to Lakeland with the big league club. The reason for that is that the Tigers have *a lot* of players that need to get at-bats this spring, so some prospects are going to be stuck in minor league camp.
That being said, there are still a few prospects that will be spending time with the major league club this spring. Colt Keith and Justyn-Henry Malloy are the first that catch the eye. If I had to guess, Keith will probably get anywhere from 10-20 ABs with the Tigers before getting sent back to minor league camp.
JHM, on the other hand, will probably get a longer look. There's a slim chance he actually makes the team out of camp. He'd have to blow up like Akil Baddoo did a couple years ago, but it's certainly possible.
Dillon Dingler also made the NRI list. This is a pretty big year for him. This will be his third full year of pro ball, so he'll need to take that next step this season.
For the pitchers, there are some interesting names. The only prospects that made it were Elvis Alvarado and Adam Wolf. Alvarado is intriguing because he was a minor-league Rule 5 pick in 2021 and pitcher very well last year. He throws hard, but just needs to learn to command his stuff.
Wolf could be a dark horse to make the team. A fifth-round pick back in 2018, Wolf is a 6-6 lefty who finally started making strides in Double-A last season. The Tigers need another lefty in their bullpen besides Tyler Alexander. If he does well, don't be surprised to see him head north with the team.
The first team workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 15. Yes, you read that correctly. For as bad as this offseason as been for the Detroit Tigers, it definitely hasn't overstayed its welcome. Just a couple more weeks, folks.