Pitchers and catchers report in under a week and you can almost feel the swings and misses they will generate – especially if they get to face Albert Pujols, Max Stassi, or Justin Upton in simulations. On Friday, the Angels announced 19 total non-roster invitees.
Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell were a given to have big league camp invites. Adell could see time with the big league club early in 2020 and Marsh may not be far behind (perhaps later in 2020). Both players saw significant playing time last spring (11 and 13 games) and are likely poised to see significant at bats this time around.
Matt Ball – Give the ball to ball? Yes. This dude has one of the better names in the system, does he not?? Ball has been in the system since December 2017 and you probably haven’t head of him until now. He’s a below the radar guy with a slim shot at making the opening day roster.
Adrian De Horta – Signed as a minor league free agent two years ago, De Horta tossed 2 innings for the Angels last spring.
Jake Thompson – With a 116 big league innings under his belt, Eppler snagged him as a hot commodity (read: free agent) this past December.
Luiz Gohara – Also recently signed as a free agent (in September), Gohara has 49 major league innings to boast about (or not: 5.33 career ERA).
Neil Ramirez – Signed by the Angels as a free agent in November. In the big leagues, Ramirez has pitched for the Cubs, Brewers, Twins, Indians, and Blue Jays. He has shown flashes of greatness at times if you are living in 2014.
Hoby Milner – Also signed as a free agent in November. Geesh. How many times can I say the same thing? That’s all I got other than his name is kinda cool.
Jacob Barnes – Decent big league pedigree with a 4.25 ERA over parts of 4 seasons. If you don’t include 2019, Barnes has tossed 149 big league innings with a 3.50 ERA
José Rodriguez – One of the few homegrown pitchers with a Spring Training invite.
José Briceño – Oldest of the backstop bunch. We’ve already seen him in Anaheim.
Jack Kruger – Up and comer who played in AA last year. Decent bat. Went 6 for 18 last spring.
Keinner Pina – Just 22 years old – youngest catcher on this list.
Franklin Torres – Solid hitter who played more games in the infield than at catcher last season.
Harrison Wenson – 24th round draft pick by the Angels in 2017. His first spring training stint.
Arismendy Alcantara – Second baseman signed as a free agent in November.
José Rojas – Tore up spring in 2019 going 14 for 24 with 2 home runs and 6 doubles.
Elliot Soto – Shortstop signed as a free agent in November.
Brennon Lund – His skills are speed and getting on base (career .357 in 380 minor league games).
Outfielder turned infielder Jahmai Jones made the cut the last few years but is not on the 2020 list. Perhaps due to Jones’ recent struggles, the Angels may want him to focus more on specific improvements outside of the big league camp. Anyone else you think is missing? Comment below!