Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Thursday that the club has invited 26 players to Major League Spring Training. Of the 26 players that have been added to the Spring Training roster (in addition to the 40-man roster), 11 were members of the
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Thursday that the club has invited 26 players to Major League Spring Training.
Of the 26 players that have been added to the Spring Training roster (in addition to the 40-man roster), 11 were members of the Mariners organization last season and 9 are homegrown products having been originally drafted or signed by Seattle.
Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is entering his 19th season with a Major League organization, including his 14th with Seattle, after 9 seasons in Japan's Pacific League. He has been invited to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee and is the only invitee to have appeared with the Mariners in 2018.
12 invitees who signed minor league contracts this offseason include right-handed pitchers Jorgan Cavanerio, Nabil Crismatt, Tyler Danish, Robin Leyer and Tayler Scott, left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone, catchers José Lobatón and Austin Nola, infielders Dustin Ackley, Orlando Calixte and Tim Lopes, and outfielder Tito Polo.
The list of invitees features several notable players from the Mariners player development system, including the 2018 Alvin Davis "Mr. Mariner" Award winner, infielder Evan White, the 2018 Edgar Martinez PTPA Award winner, catcher Dean Nevarez, and the 2018 60-foot, 6-inch Club award winner, right-handed pitcher Jack Anderson. Also, right-handed pitchers Ryan Garton and David McKay, left-handed pitcher Matt Tenuta, catchers Joe DeCarlo and Cal Raleigh, and outfielders Eric Filia and Kyle Lewis each had strong 2018 campaigns in the Mariners minor league system.
In addition, right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn and outfielders Jake Fraley and Dom Thompson-Williams have also received Spring Training invites after being acquired in offseason trades. Dunn, who was acquired by the Mariners from New York-NL in a 7-player deal on Dec. 3, 2018, was ranked as the Mets 4th-best (MLB.com) and 5th-best prospect (Baseball America) after splitting the 2018 season with High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. Fraley joins the Mariners after being acquired in a 5-player trade with Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, 2018. He hit .347 (78x225) with a .962 OPS (.415 OBP/.547 SLG) in 66 games with High-A Charlotte last season. Thompson-Williams was one of three players acquired by the Mariners from New York-AL on Nov. 19, 2018. He spent most of the 2018 season with High-A Tampa, batting .290 (96x331) in 90 games.
Six invitees have previous Major League experience: Suzuki, Lobatón, Milone, Danish, Garton and Calixte.
Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Peoria, AZ on Feb. 11 (physicals) and hold the first workout Feb. 12. Position players are scheduled to report for physicals Feb. 15 and the first full squad workout will be Feb. 16.
The Mariners Spring Training roster is currently at 66 players (40 roster, 26 non-roster), including 33 pitchers (11 non-roster), 7 catchers (5 non-roster), 15 infielders (4 non-roster) and 11 outfielders (6 non-roster).