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Baez tops Cubs’ non-roster list for spring training
The Cubs’ top prospect, shortstop Javier Baez – who’s expected to open the season at Class A Daytona – headlines a group of 22 non-roster players invited to spring training.
The club released the list Friday. Pitchers and catchers report just over a week from now, with first workouts scheduled Feb. 12.
Among the 11 non-roster pitchers on the list are two who spent time in the majors with the Cubs last year, right-handers Casey Coleman and Blake Parker, and veteran Japanese free agent Hisanori Takahashi, who made 51 appearances last year for the Angels and Pirates.
The eight other pitchers invited: right-handers Drew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Dayan Diaz, Jensen Lewis, Barret Loux, Zach Putnam, Nick Struck and Cory Wade.
Among the three non-roster catchers is second-year invite Michael Brenly, son of former Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly. Catchers J.C. Boscan and Rafael Lopez also were invited.
Four other infielders join Baez on the non-roster list, including former White Sox infielder/outfielder Brent Lillibridge (along with Alberto Gonzalez, Edwin Maysonet and Brad Nelson).
Three outfielders round out the list: Brian Bogusevic, Johermyn Chavez and Darnell McDonald.
First full-squad workouts are Feb. 17.