Angels MLB beat writer Alden Gonzalez just announced the Angels spring training invites for the forthcoming pre-season. Here they are:
Angels fans should recognize some of the names on here. Particularly, Angels prospect Kaleb Cowart and 2011 first-round pick Randal Grichuk. Also included in the list of spring training invites will be reliever Fernando Cabrera whom the Angels recently signed. He will be invited once his contract becomes official.
Players who are looking for a contract or a spot on the 40-man roster include former Blue Jays pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes who the Angels signed in the off-season to shore up their pitching depth. You can add Brenden Harris and Luis Rodriguez to this list as well. Both are journeyman infielders the Angels signed in the off-season to add depth to the infield with the departure of Macier Izturis. These two will be fighting it out for a bench spot.
It should also be interesting to see infielder Taylor Lindsey who at age 20 hit .289/.328/.408 in the Cal League last year and has been scouted as having excellent gap power. At the 2B position, former University of Mississippi star Alex Yarbrough will also get a look. He hopes to improve on his .287/.320/.410 line that he posted last year in Low-A. The young second-basemen lacks the big tools but is considered to be a refined player with good instincts already.