The Dodgers’ first full-squad workout lands on Feb. 23, meaning we’re only one week away from a large group of World Champions reuniting in Arizona.
Did that move quickly? Or extremely slowly? Little bit of both? Yeesh.
Accompanying LA’s best and brightest is a laundry list of 30 different non-roster invitees, ranging from top prospects to veterans looking for a shot at redemption under the spotlight in Hollywood.
The full complement of non-roster invitees was released on Tuesday, and while Spring Training might just be a showcase for some of these top prospects, there’s a genuine opportunity to grab a bullpen spot for a few of these veterans.
The Dodgers’ non-roster invitees have been announced for 2021.
Of the veteran names who may be of interest, Jimmy Nelson, Enny Romero, James Pazos and Mike Kickham all stand out as potential contributors.
Oh, and that Brandon Morrow guy who you may remember laying it all on the line during the 2017 World Series. He’ll be attempting to return to prominence, too.
The last time we saw Morrow, he was posting a 2.06 ERA and finishing games for the 2018 Chicago Cubs before succumbing to a multitude of ailments that have kept him on the sidelines for two full seasons (if you consider 2020 a full season). He’s hardly a shoo-in for a roster spot, but if he displays any semblance of the talent that got him into all seven games of the 2017 World Series, he’ll be given a shot.
Romero, a former Ray, National and Futures Game participant, and Pazos, a former Yankees prospect and mustachioed Mariners lefty, are also worth watching.
As for those top prospects? You can see the majority of the team’s top 30 in action, since several of them are on the 40-man roster. As for the NRIs? You’ll be able to watch No. 1 prospect Josiah Gray, infielder Michael Busch, and Kody Hoese in one specific area code.
It’s been such a long three months since the last time we saw the men in white and blue take the field en masse, win ballgames in dramatic fashion, and ride off into the offseason with a trophy.
Now, triple the roster size and put it in the dry Arizona sun. You’ve got yourself a deal.