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Julio Urias, Jose De Leon among Dodgers non-roster invitees to spring training

Julio Urias is a non-roster invitee to Dodgers big league camp in spring training for a second straight season.
Julio Urias is a non-roster invitee to Dodgers big league camp in spring training for a second straight season.
Photo: Rich Crimi | Tulsa Drillers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Monday announced 16 non-roster invitees to minor league camp in spring training at Camelback Ranch. The mix of minor league signings and prospects is headlined by top pitching prospects Julio Urias and Jose De Leon.

Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to big league camp at Camelback  Ranch on Friday, Feb. 19, with the first workout on Feb. 20. Position players report on Feb. 24, with the first full-squad workout on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Urias, 19, is the Dodgers' top pitching prospect and one of the top prospects in all of baseball. He struck out 88 in 80⅓ innings in 2015 with a 3.81 ERA in 18 starts, including a 2.77 ERA in 13 starts with Double-A Tulsa to go with 74 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 68⅓ innings.

Urias was a non-roster invitee to big league camp in 2015 as well, and appeared in two Cactus League games, allowing a run on three hits in two innings, with three walks, two strikeouts and a wild pitch. He was part of the first wave of roster cuts, reassigned to the minor league side three weeks before the end of camp.

The left-hander also appeared in one game during spring training in 2014, at age 17, pitching a perfect inning while striking out two of his three batters faced.

De Leon, drafted by the Dodgers in the 24th round 2013, had a breakout season in 2015, putting up a 2.99 EA in 23 starts and 114⅓ innings between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, with 37 walks and 163 strikeouts, the latter leading all Dodgers minor league pitchers.

This will be the first time in big league camp for De Leon, 23.

Outfielders on minor-league deals include speedster Rico Noel, left-hander Corey Brown, and right-hander Alex Hassan, the latter playing in Triple-A for three different teams (Rangers, A's, Blue Jays) in 2015. Hassan hit .288/.343/.380 for those three teams in Triple-A. He has hit .286/.376/.406 in five seasons in Triple-A, though his walk rate in 2015 fell to 7.8 percent after posting a 13.9-percent walk rate in his previous four Triple-A campaigns.

Corner man Rob Segedin, who was acquired from the Yankees on Jan. 12 for Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Olson, also gets an invite to big league camp.

Cody Bellinger, fresh off his breakout season with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, gets the call as well to his first big league camp. Bellinger, now 20, hit .264/.336/.538 with 30 home runs in 2015, playing both first base and center field.

Chris Anderson, the Dodgers' first-round draft pick in 2013, gets a non-roster invitation to camp for a second straight season. The 23-year-old right-hander put up a 4.74 ERA in 26 games, including 24 starts in 2015 between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, with 100 strikeouts and 68 walks in 133 innings.

During spring training in 2014, Anderson appeared in three games, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings, with three strikeouts, two walks and two hit batsmen. He was, with Urias, among the first round of roster cuts last spring.

Kyle Farmer, drafted by the Dodgers in the eighth round in 2013, gets the call as well as one of six catchers in camp.

Noticeably absent are infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena and outfielder Jose Tabata, both off the 40-man roster but also owed $4 million and $4.5 million, respectively, in 2016.

2016 Dodgers non-roster invitees

Right-handed pitchers (5):  Chris Anderson, Lisalverto Bonilla, Brooks Brown, Jose De Leon, Matt West

Left-handed pitchers (1):  Julio Urias

Catchers (3): Kyle Farmer, Jack Murphy, Shawn Zarraga

Infielders (2): Charlie Culberson, Rob Segedin

Outfielders (3): Corey Brown, Alex Hassan, Rico Noel

Infielder/outfielders (2): Cody Bellinger, Elian Herrera

The 16 non-roster invitees bring the total number expected in Dodgers big league camp to 56, which at the moment includes 30 pitchers and 26 position players. For more detailed information on these players, check our special section on NRIs.