You know spring training is starting to grow close when the Dodgers begin their annual community caravan – now apparently dubbed “Love LA Tour” – and the non-roster invitations go out.
The Dodgers gave out 16 invitations to players in the system but not on their 40-man roster on Monday, none exactly shocking, but still several of the intrigue variety.
A pair of starting pitchers who could get a call-up later in the season headline the invitees, left-hander Julio Urias and right-hander Jose De Leon.
De Leon is 23 and was originally drafted on the 24th round, but in the last two years has turned himself into a serious prospect. In his three seasons in the minors, he has gone 16-12 with a 3.61 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and averaged 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
Other pitchers invited to camp include right-handers Chris Anderson, Lisalverto Bonilla, Brooks Brown and Matt West. Anderson, 23, was the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2013.
Also receiving invitations to camp are catchers Kyle Farmer, Jack Murphy and Shawn Zarraga; infielders Charlie Culberson and Rob Segedin; infielder/outfielders Cody Bellinger and Elian Herrera; and outfielders Corey Brown, Alex Hassan and Rico Noel.