The San Francisco Giants announced their 2017 non-roster invitees for spring training earlier this week, a list which includes some familiar big league names as well as up-and-coming talent.
Pitchers and catchers report to spring training February 13 and all eyes will be in the Giants' No. 1 prospect Tyler Beede who was recently ranked as the No. 88 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com. Beede will be looking to make the next step in his career by playing at the Triple-A level with Sacramento after spending the last two seasons with Double-A Richmond. In 2016, the right-hander went 8-7 with a 2.81 ERA, best in the Eastern League.
Joining Beede is veteran left-hander Matt Reynolds who spent last season between Richmond, Sacramento and San Francisco. Reynolds did not allow a run in his 20 minor league appearances but totaled a 7.50 ERA in eight outings with the Giants. Behind the dish, Aramis Garcia joins a crowded group of catchers looking to make a name for themselves. Garcia is the No. 6 prospect in the Giants' farm system according to MLB.com and hit .257 with Advanced-A San Jose last year. From behind the plate, he threw out 42% of attempted base stealers.
Christian Arroyo headlines the infielders invited as the 2013 first round pick was recently ranked as the No. 89 prospect, one behind Beede. Arroyo is also ranked as the No. 2 prospect in San Francisco's organization should find himself starting at third base with the River Cats. Middle infielder C.J. Hinojosa is another young talent hoping for a breakout spring after splitting the 2016 season between San Jose and Richmond. Joining them is former MVP and three-time All-Star Jimmy Rollins who spent last season with the Chicago White Sox.
In the outfield, up-and-coming prospect Austin Slater is a name to watch after being named the River Cats Most Improved Player from last season. Slater was also named the Pacific Coast League's August Player of the Month and is the 22nd ranked prospect in the Giants' system. Steven Duggar is coming off a strong 2016 campaign in which he led Richmond with a .321 batting average and is a top-10 prospect.
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