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Rockies will have 24 non-roster invites in spring camp
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/4/14) The Rockies announced Tuesday 24 players received non-roster invites to spring training. The roster breakdown is 12 pitchers, four infielders, two outfielders and six catchers.
The pitchers are Christian Bergman, Brooks Brown, Greg Burke, Eddie Butler, Manny Corpas, Yohan Flande, Jonathan Gray, Pedro Hernandez, Chris Martin, Nick Masset, Scott Oberg and Josh Sullivan.
The four infielders are Paul Janish, Angelys Nina, Ben Paulsen and Rafael Ynoa. The two outfielders are Jason Pridie and Tim Wheeler.
The six catchers are Ryan Casteel, Dustin Garneau, Matt McBride, Michael McKenry, Tom Murphy and Jackson Williams.
Gray, Butler and Murphy are among the team's top prospects.
|Though Tom Murphy wasn't so highly regarded coming into 2013, the third-round pick in the 2012 draft showed he might have a future in the big leagues by hitting 22 homers with a .948 OPS in his first full professional season. Granted, most of that production came at low Class A Asheville, which is notorious for making fringy prospects look like burgeoning superstars, but he was similarly productive after his promotion to Double-A Tulsa (a two-level jump, mind you), hitting .290 with three homers in 69 at-bats. Soon to turn 23 and already seasoned from his time at the University of Buffalo, Murphy could advance quickly for the Rockies. He presents them with a ready-made alternative to Wilin Rosaro, whose bat they want in the lineup but whose defense hasn't come along as hoped. Depending on how he performs in the upper levels of the minors, Murphy could even reach the majors at some point in 2014. You'll likely have advance notice of such a move, though, so he's not a high priority in NL-only leagues. Long-term, he projects to hit for power, particularly at Coors Field, but his ceiling isn't as high as, say, Gary Sanchez's.
(Updated 1/15/14) |
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