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Dodgers invite 5 top prospects and 2 familiar veterans to spring training

Los Angeles Dodgers' Brandon Morrow pitches.
Brandon Morrow pitches for the Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros.
(Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

Five of the team’s top 10 prospects and a pair of familiar veterans highlight the list of 31 non-roster players who have been invited to spring training by the Dodgers, who will hold their first workout for pitchers and catchers on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix.

Josiah Gray, a 23-year-old right-hander who is the organization’s top prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and Kody Hoese, a 23-year-old third baseman who is ranked third, will join second baseman Michael Busch (No. 4), right-hander Bobby Miller (No. 7) and middle infielder Jacob Amaya (No. 10) in big league camp.

Brandon Morrow, a 36-year-old reliever who was the top setup man for closer Kenley Jansen during the team’s 2017 World Series run, and Jimmy Nelson, a 31-year-old right-hander who missed all of last season after undergoing back surgery, will also be in big-league camp. Both signed minor league deals in December.

After the San Diego Padres bolstered their pitching staff, the Dodgers underlined their position as World Series favorites by signing Trevor Bauer.

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Morrow posted a 2.06 ERA in 45 games in 2017 and made 14 postseason appearances, including all seven World Series games against the Houston Astros. Nelson is looking to rebound from three straight injury-marred seasons, including two (2018-2019) with Milwaukee.

The Dodgers also signed corner infielder Matt Davidson, 29, to a minor league deal with a spring training invite.Davidson hit .163 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 20 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season. He hit a combined 46 homers with 130 RBIs in 241 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2017-2018.

The rest of the non-roster invitees are right-handers Michael Grove, Landon Knack, Nolan Long, Jose Martinez, Ryan Pepiot, Nick Robertson, Gus Varland and Kendall Williams, left-handers Mike Kickham, Robinson Ortiz, James Pazos and Enny Romero, catchers Stevie Berman, Tim Federowicz and Hunter Feduccia, infielders Andy Burns, Matt Davidson, Omar Estevez, Devin Mann, Rangel Ravelo, Elliot Soto and Miguel Vargas, and outfielders James Outman and Andy Pages.

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