Boston Red Sox invite eight non-roster players to Spring Training

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Eight players not currently on the team’s 40-man roster have been extended invitations to join the Boston Red Sox at Spring Training next month. None of the group is expected to compete for a spot on the team’s active roster heading out of camp, but having them participating in workouts with the veterans on the team should prove beneficial to their future development.

Matt Pepin at Boston.com has the full details on the group which includes four pitchers and four fielders. Left-hander Henry Owens will join right-handers Matt Barnes, Dalier Hinojosa, and Noe Ramirez. Catcher Blake Swihart, first baseman Travis Shaw, shortstop Deven Marrero, and infielder Heiker Meneses round out the group. Pepin also notes that all but Meneses are currently participating in the team’s rookie program.

The inclusion of Barnes, Owens, and Swihart come at little surprise. Most of the team’s other top prospects are already on the 40-man roster and will be present at Spring Training. Barnes, in particular, could be the closest from this mix to being MLB-ready and will likely slot into a deep Pawtucket rotation. Owens and Swihart are likely still headed to Portland.

Marc Normandin at Over the Monster discussed the group at length late Friday morning, particularly expressing some surprise over the inclusion of Shaw, Marrero, and Meneses. None of the three are close to reaching the Majors and have yet to spend much time at Double-A. He ultimately concludes that the team could simply be looking ahead to their exhibition schedule early on. Marrerro and Shaw both play positions that are not strongly represented in the team’s upper minor leagues, giving John Farrell and company more flexibility during the team’s early Spring Training games. Meneses fills a similar purpose.

Hinojosa and Ramirez will give the team a pair of extra arms early on. Both are likely projected for relief roles (Ramirez was converted to the ‘pen last season; Hinojosa’s track is still unclear but there is little room in the Triple-A rotation for him).

Topics: Blake Swihart, Boston Red Sox, Dalier Hinojosa, Deven Marrero, Heiker Meneses, Henry Owens, Matt Barnes, Noe Ramirez, Travis Shaw

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  • Rick M

    The Red Sox also recently completed the Rookie Development Program. This annual event gives the selected players the opportunity to lean what to expect and how to act when called up. The program also has a workout component.

    This program and the non roster are really keys to discovering who the team views is on the cusp of being on the big club. It is also a pat on the back for the fast track kids like Owens.

    I’ve always viewed the Development Program as opening the door and the invitee’s as the knocking on the door group.