LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Thursday announced 21 non-roster invitees to big league camp in spring training in Arizona, a list that includes top prospects Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo getting their first extended taste of major league camp.
Calhoun, Verdugo and Cody Bellinger are the Dodgers’ three top position player prospects, and all played together in 2016 with Double-A Tulsa, and all three finished up the season playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
Bellinger was a non-roster invitee to big league camp in 2016 as well. This will be the first big league camp for Calhoun and Verdugo. The second baseman Calhoun expressed his joy at the news last week.
Officially got the big league camp spring training invite! Can't wait to get to work @Dodgers ⚾️— June Calhoun (@11WillieCalhoun) January 10, 2017
In addition to Belinger, Calhoun, and Verdugo, other Dodgers prospects getting their first taste of big league camp include pitchers Trevor Oaks and Ralston Cash.
Oaks was 14-3 with a 2.74 ERA in 24 starts across three minor league levels in 2016, leading the Dodgers minors with 151 innings while striking out 108 and walking 21.
Cash had a 2.84 ERA and a pair of saves in 46 games between Tulsa and Oklahoma City last year, with 84 strikeouts and 33 walks in 69 innings.
Josh Sborz, who was the California League Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and finished his year in Double-A, also spilled the beans last week that he got the call.
2017 is off to a great start! Couldn't be more excited about receiving an official invite to Big League Spring Training @Dodgers ⚾️⚾️⚾️— Josh Sborz (@JoshuaTree_27) January 11, 2017
Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez, signed two weeks ago to a minor league contract, did not the call to Dodgers camp.
Who did get the call was pitcher Yaisel Sierra, in the second year of a six-year, $30 million deal.
Other Dodgers minor leaguers to report to big league camp include Darnell Sweeney, who was reacquired from the Phillies in November; and O’Koyea Dickson, who hit .328/.398/.556 with 18 home runs for Oklahoma City in 2016. Both Sweeney and Dickson were non-roster invitees to Dodgers spring training in 2015.
Infielder Charlie Culberson, who was sent outright to Triple-A in December, and catcher Bobby Wilson, signed to a minor league pact in December, were also invited to big league camp, which was previously reported.
Other minor league free agents in camp include relief pitcher Steve Geltz and outfielder Tyler Holt, and pitchers Patrick Schuster and Madison Younginer.
Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch on Feb. 15, with their first workout one day later. Position players report on Feb. 20 and the first full squad workout is Feb. 21.
The Dodgers open Cactus League play on Feb. 25 against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.
Dodgers 2017 non-roster invitees
Pitchers (9): Ralston Cash, Fabio Castillo, Steve Geltz, Brandon Morrow, Trevor Oaks, Patrick Schuster, Josh Sborz, Yaisel Sierra, Madison Younginer
Catchers (3): Jack Murphy, Wynston Sawyer, Bobby Wilson
Infielders (2): Willie Calhoun, Charlie Culberson
Infielders/outfielders (3): Cody Bellinger, O’Koyea Dickson, Darnell Sweeney
Outfielders (4): Stetson Allie, Tyler Holt, Henry Ramos, Alex Verdugo