Tigers announce spring training invites

The list of non-roster invites to spring training is out, both for minor-league free agents and for Tigers prospects. Most of the names have already been announced, or at least strongly hinted it. Some haven’t. That includes third-base prospect Nick Castellanos.

Castellanos was an extra player at a few games last spring, but he’ll be in camp every day this time around, at least for the first few weeks. So will last year’s first-round top pick, James McCann, who will serve as one of the extra catchers to catch some of the many pitchers in camp. Drew Smyly, reigning Tigers minor-league pitcher of the year, was also announced as a non-roster invite.

Here’s the full list, which actually isn’t a very long list compared with past years:

  • RHP: Chris Bootcheck
  • LHPs: Darin Downs, Drew Smyly
  • Catchers: Rob Brantly, Curt Casali, Bryan Holaday, Patrick Leyland, James McCann, Omir Santos
  • Infielders: Nick Castellanos, Audy Ciriaco, Argenis Diaz, Ryan Strieby
  • Infielders/outfielders: Justin Henry, Eric Patterson
  • Outfielders: Quintin Berry, Jerad Head, Matt Young

The Tigers also made their reporting dates official. Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 19, with the first workout the next day. Most pitchers, however, will be in camp before that. The first full-squad workout is February 24.


One of the best things about spring training (other than getting out of the cold weather) is the opportunity to see the minor league players all in one place. You don’t leave the game early, that’s for sure.
And that’s a well deserved honor for Mario. Very well deserved.

Darin Downs pitched here: 9 games ,2-3 era 3.35 40.1, IP 46 hits, 15 er 12 BB 25 SO 1.44 whip. His manager here use his pitchers with care, so they dont overwork. Then the little load.
Justin Henry already reported he ended with 333 BA
Argenis Diaz , great defense .

just to be clear, “non-roster” means you don’t have a MLB contract with the tigers?

Exactamente–well generally but more precisely they are not on the 40 man roster.
Strieby was on the 40 man last year. He’s on the bubble. Probably hoping for a big spring for him and then perhaps be able to use him in a trade. He’s blocked like he’s a 120 pound defensive tackle.

AHHH, ok thank you. So then I have to ask, does this mean that Fu Te Ni and the other aspiring mud hen players who aren’t invited….don’t really have a chance? I guess the reason why i am saying, is that it seemed like in the past we had MANY relief pitchers out there…..and we have like none here……and we could use more relief pitching IMO

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