Dodgers spring training invitees include prospects Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs

Dodgers 2017 first-round pick Jeren Kendall
Dodgers 2017 first-round pick Jeren Kendall plays for USA Baseball’s collegiate national team on June 28, 2016, at Dodger Stadium. Kendall is among 21 nonroster players invited to the Dodgers’ training camp this spring.
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The Dodgers announced 21 nonroster invitees for spring training Thursday. The group includes nine pitchers, three catchers, four infielders and five outfielders.

Right-hander Josiah Gray and shortstop Jeter Downs, two of the organization’s top prospects, are among those who will report to major league spring training for the first time.

Gray, 21, is the fifth-ranked prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system, according to Baseball America. He received the invite after posting a 2.75 earned-run average in 26 games (25 starts) across three levels, topping out at double-A Tulsa, and being named the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year last season.

Downs, the Dodgers’ sixth-ranked prospect, also reached Tulsa last season. The 21-year-old batted .276 with 24 home runs, 24 steals and an .888 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

Gray and Downs were acquired from the Cincinnati Reds last winter as part of a package in exchange for Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer. A year later, only Farmer remains with the Reds from the trade, while Wood recently re-signed with the Dodgers.


Other notable names invited to Dodgers camp include outfielder Jeren Kendall (2017 first-round pick), right-hander Jordan Sheffield (2016 first-round pick), infield prospect Jacob Amaya, and veteran right-hander Edubray Ramos, who owns a 3.71 career ERA in 173 major league relief appearances.

here is the full list of nonroster invites:


RHP Brett de Geus
RHP Josiah Gray
LHP Reymin Guduan
RHP Marshall Kasowski
LHP Kyle Lobstein
RHP Zach McAllister
RHP Edubray Ramos
RHP Jordan Sheffield
RHP Edwin Uceta


Rocky Gale
Jose Lobaton
Connor Wong


Jacob Amaya
Jeter Downs
Omar Estevez
Cristian Santana


Anthony Garcia
Connor Joe
Jeren Kendall
Zach Reks
Cody Thomas