Colorado Rockies announce non-roster spring training invitees
By Kevin Henry
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Colorado Rockies have unveiled the 10 non-roster players who have received an invitation to join them for spring training workouts here at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
These are the 10 non-roster players joining the Colorado Rockies for spring training
Among the 10 players, four are pitchers and two of those have Colorado ties. Ty Blach is the only southpaw among the group. A graduate of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Blach last pitched in MLB in 2019, pitching in seven games for the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles.
Also with Colorado ties is right-hander J.D. Hammer, a native of Fort Collins. He was drafted by the Rockies in the 24th round of the 2016 MLB draft and pitched for parts of two seasons in the Rockies system before he was traded by Colorado to Philadelphia as part of the deal that brought reliever Pat Neshek to the Rockies just before the 2017 trade deadline.
Here is the complete list of non-roster invitees:
Left-handed pitcher (1): Ty Blach
Right-handed pitchers (3): Nate Griep, J.D. Hammer, Zach Lee
Catchers (2): Carlos Pérez, Brian Serven
Infielders (2): Brett Boswell, Kyle Holder
Outfielders (2): Tim Lopes, Scott Schebler
Three of the non-roster invitees (Boswell, Griep, and Serven) completed the 2021 season in the Rockies organization. Boswell and Serven have spent their entire careers within the Rockies farm system.
Five of the players (Blach, Hammer, Lopes, Pérez, and Schebler) have spent time at the MLB level, with Schebler having the most service time at just over three years. His best campaigns came in 2017 and 2018 with the Cincinnati Reds as he saw action in over 100 games in each season (including 141 in 2017) and hit a combined 47 home runs.
You can see a glimpse of his power below and can read more about him here.
Additionally, you can more about Blach, Holder, and Lopes (who were announced during the lockout as Rockies MiLB signings) here.