January 14, 2009

Yanks extend 20 invitations to spring training

Four pitchers, five catchers, seven infielders, and four outfielders make up the 20 non-roster invitees. Add these to the 40-man roster and you can expect 60 to show up for spring training this year.  

I wish I were in Tampa for this year's spring training so I could see some of the best Yankee prospects: Austin Jackson (OF), Mark Melancon (RP), and Jesus Montero (C). The non-roster invitees with the best chance of making the parent club right out of spring training are Angel Berroa (IF), Jason Johnson (SP), Kevin Cash (C), and John Rodriguez (OF).  

I am most excited about Austin Jackson. I would not be surprised if he turned some heads this spring. I saw him play for the Trenton Thunder last July, and he was easily the most intimidating and best hitter on the team. He is the future starting center fielder for the Yankees and will definitely make his Yankee debut this season.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've also had the good forture of seeing Austin Jackson play. Not perfect, but obviously lots of potential. He kind of reminded me of Carl Crawford.

Andrew McDermott said...

I love Austin Jackson.

Lenny Neslin said...

Yeah, he's the real deal. Realistically, we'll see him in August/September.

Andrew Fletcher said...

I love Chuck Norris.

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