Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Non-Roster Invitation List

While guys like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips and Johnny Cueto need not worry about making the big league roster this Spring Training, the following list of players do. These 15 non-roster invitees have been offered the outside shot at making the Reds' 25-man Opening Day roster, and you better believe they're chomping at the bit for the chance.

Most of the list includes minor leaguers from the team's farm system, but there are a handful of veteran players vying for a spot as well. Although none of the 13 invitees from last year's camp made the cut, six of them eventually saw playing time with Cincy at some time throughout the year (Dontrelle Willis, Devin Mesoraco, Jeremy Horst, Chad Reineke, Jeremy Hermida, & Dave Sappelt). Interestingly enough, four of those six players are no longer with the organization.

Anyways, without futher ado here is the list of the 2012 Non-Roster Invitees:

RHP Nick Christiani
RHP Daniel Corcino
RHP Sean Gallagher
LHP Donnie Joseph
LHP Ron Mahay
RHP Chad Reineke
LHP Clay Zavada
LHP Clayton Tanner
RHP Kanekoa Texeira
C Tucker Barnhart
C Corky Miller
C Dioner Navarro
C Brian Esposito
OF Daryl Jones
OF Willie Harris

Will LHP Clay Zavada bring his talents
and his mustache to the Queen City?

Of course, with Spring Training still being a couple weeks away there's still time for another player or two to be added to this list. However, after seeing who currently comprises it, who do you think has the best chance at being dressed out in a Reds uniform come April 5th against the Marlins?

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