3 non-roster invitees who could steal Opening Day roster spots for the Dodgers

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Coming into spring training as a non-roster invitee must be an intimidating prospect. Unlike a majority of the players already on the 40-man, NRIs have to view spring training as an audition rather than just a warm-up, getting to know a team and potential teammates while also fighting for their roster spot. The Dodgers have 20 NRIs with them at Camelback. Some are young prospects who either aren't major league ready and are just getting an opportunity to mix with the rest of the team, but most are minor league signings with major league histories, who could plausibly make it to Opening Day if they can show up in camp.

The Dodgers are pretty much set offensively, but there are vulnerabilities in the pitching staff that NRIs could exploit to make it onto the 26-man. LA have signed a number of players to minor-league deals, and we could be seeing more of a few of them heading into the season.

3 non-roster invitees who could steal Opening Day roster spots for the Dodgers

River Ryan

Ryan has been one of the most hyped-up names on the Dodgers' NRI list since it was announced, and he seems to have the best shot of any of LA's NRI prospects — which also includes No. 1 Dalton Rushing and No. 18 Trey Sweeney — to make it out of Camelback. Last year, Bobby Miller made it onto the 26-man in May after impressing Dodgers brass at spring training without even pitching in a game. He jumped over now-No. 2 prospect Diego Cartaya to get his MLB debut first despite the fact that both were essentially major-league ready (before Cartaya regressed). Ryan made it onto Keith Law of The Athletic's top 100 prospects list (subscription required) this year, ranking at No. 33, after going unranked in 2023.

He only managed to pitch seven rocky innings in Triple-A last year before the season ended, but Miller was also struggling in Oklahoma City before he was called up last year, with a 5.65 ERA over four starts. Ryan could be direct competition for Gavin Stone, who ended the 2023 season in Triple-A after pitching 31 major league innings for a 9.00 ERA, and will be also be looking to battle his way back to the big-league roster as a bullpen arm.

He's been a starter in the minors, but with the Dodgers' rotation already equipped with five possible arms (seven, when Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw can return), Ryan should be shooting for debuting during some middle innings this year. If all goes well, he could possibly even fight Emmet Sheehan for a backup spot in the rotation.