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Javier Baez, 23 Other Cubs Get Spring Training Non-Roster Invitations

You'll get to see quite a bit of the Cubs' team future in Mesa this February and March.


Here's a complete list of the Cubs' non-roster invitations to spring-training camp, broken down by position. With the 40 players officially on the Cubs' roster, that will mean 64 players in camp.

Pitchers: right-handers Marcus Hatley, Kyle Hendricks, Carlos Pimentel, Armando Rivero and Brian Schlitter; left-handers Tommy Hottovy, Eric Jokisch, Jonathan Sanchez and Tsuyoshi Wada.

Infielders: Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Ryan Roberts, Chris Valaika and Jeudy Valdez.

Outfielders: Albert Almora, Chris Coghlan, Aaron Cunningham, Ryan Kalish, Mitch Maier, Darnell McDonald and Casper Wells.

Catchers: John Baker, Rafael Lopez and Eli Whiteside.

Additionally, minor league catchers Luis Flores and Will Remillard will assist at times in big league camp, most likely early in spring when there are a number of split-squad games.

So, if you've been waiting to see Baez, Bryant and Almora, in particular, here's your chance to see them play against major-league competition. Baez played during major-league spring games last year, and hit one of the longest home runs I've ever seen at the old HoHoKam Park, a blast that went over the scoreboard and six cars deep into the parking lot.

If Baez can hit the board at Cubs Park, that would be a prodigious blast. I wouldn't put anything past him -- he has tremendous power.

Pitchers and catchers officially report February 13, with position players reporting on February 19. The first full-squad workout is February 19, and the Cubs open the first season at Cubs Park in Mesa February 27 against the Diamondbacks.