It's time to get familiarized as Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers and catchers plan to report to spring training in a couple of weeks. It certainly feels weird, but we're almost there. LA snuck in some minor-league signings with their latest news update, too.
On Friday, the team revealed its list of non-roster invites to spring training, which featured a combination of players you might've never heard of as well as top prospects everybody's equally excited about.
Bobby Miller, Landon Knack, Gavin Stone, Nick Nastrini and Ryan Ward -- all of whom rank among the top 30 in the Dodgers farm system -- will have a chance to make an impression this spring. Folks are particularly high on Miller and Stone, both of whom could make an MLB impact in 2023.
Other familiar names include Jason Heyward, Bradley Zimmer, Steven Duggar, Adam Kolarek, Jordan Yamamoto, Jake Reed and Matt Andriese. These former major leaguers signed minor-league deals with the Dodgers this offseason.
In total, Los Angeles invited 27 players that aren't currently on the 40-man roster. Let the competition begin!
Dodgers reveal list of 2023 non-roster spring training invites
Heyward, Zimmer and Duggar figure to be in the mix for a bench role since the Dodgers need some outfield help following the departure of Cody Bellinger, coupled with the relatively unclear picture at the moment. Is Chris Taylor able to play center field on a regular basis? Will Trayce Thompson remain a constant fixture? What's the plan for James Outman?
Same goes for the pitching. The rotation has five starters, but all it'll take is one injury to turn things upside down. The bullpen needs help, too, which explains why 16 of the 27 invites were pitchers. Keep an eye on Tyler Cyr as someone who could quickly get recognition for a big-league roster spot.
The infield situation is largely set. Freddie Freeman will be at first base, and a combination of Taylor, Max Muncy, Gavin Lux, Miguel Vargas and Miguel Rojas taking most of the reps at second base, shortstop and third base. Who knows, maybe Michael Busch forces the issue, too.
The Dodgers always manage to find at least one unexpected/unlikely contributor, so keep this list handy for when players start arriving in Arizona.