Jonathan Gray, Eddie Butler headline group of 24 non-roster invites to Spring Training

Jun 7, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners pitcher Jonathan Gray (22) pitches against the LSU Tigers in the first inning during the Baton Rouge super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

According to Troy Renck of The Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies invited 24 non-roster players to Spring Training. The list is headed by top pitching prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler. Gray headlines the Rockies prospects ranked number one overall while Butler sits at number three behind outfielder David Dahl. According to MLB.com’s new top 100 list, Gray sits at number 14 while Butler is placed at number 41.

Here is the complete list of players that were non-roster invites:

Pitchers:

Christian Bergman
Brooks Brown
Greg Burke
Eddie Butler
Manuel Corpas
Yohan Flande
Jonathan Gray
Pedro Hernandez
Nick Masset
Scott Oberg
Josh Sullivan

Infielders:

Paul Janish
Angelys Nina
Ben Paulsen
Rafael Ynoa

Outfielders:

Jason Pridie
Tim Wheeler

Catchers:

Michael McKenry
Tom Murphy
Matt McBride
Ryan Casteel
Dustin Garneau
Jackson Williams

Here is the scoop on Butler and Gray and what the Rockies expect out of them:

Neither is expected to break camp with the Rockies, but they will get a chance to show off their talents early in spring training against big league competition. It’s possible both will start in Double-A Tulsa, but nothing is set. The Rockies would love for them to push the fifth starter candidates in spring training, creating competition and leaving the impression that they are ready if a pitcher struggles into early May.

Topics: Colorado Rockies, Spring Training

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