Colorado Rockies: 3 interesting non-roster invitees to watch this spring

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies stand for the national anthem prior to the spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 25, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies stand for the national anthem prior to the spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 25, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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Castellani is one of the most intriguing young pitching prospects in the Rockies system. The 6-foot-4 right hander was drafted after high school in 2014 and has been in the Rockies system ever since.

This year, he worked his way up to Double-A Hartford and pitched much stronger than his 9-12 record would indicate. A few poor outings lifted Castellani’s ERA to 4.81, but overall he had a very solid season.

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The highlight of Castellani’s season this year came in a game against the Portland Sea Dogs, the star studded Double-A team of the Boston Red Sox. He pitched a complete game three-hitter, baffling some of Boston’s brightest star prospects in the process.

He has some Major League connections as his mother started working for the Philadelphia Phillies nearly 30 years ago and eventually moved into their front offices. Castellani has said that he hopes to follow in his mom’s footsteps and make it to the major leagues.

This spring, he will try to get one step closer to his dreams during Spring Training. A strong showing with the big league club now could set him up for future success the rest of the season.

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So take some time this spring to watch Rodgers, Hilliard, and Castellani, as well as the 14 other non-roster invitees. Some may be joining the big league club for good in the near future.