February 26, 2021

The most interesting non-roster player for all 30 MLB teams (ESPN)


The rites of spring: pitchers and catchers, Jose Altuve’s tattoo and, of course, non-roster invitees. This is one of my favorite articles to write every season, going through all the non-roster players and pulling out an interesting name for each franchise. Sometimes it’s a top prospect who we might see later in the season, sometimes it’s a veteran who is a good bet to be added to the 40-man roster and make the Opening Day roster, and sometimes it’s a simple, “Wow, he’s still hanging around!” dude.

Let’s go division by division …

NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL West

American League East

Baltimore Orioles: Wade LeBlanc. The Orioles have LeBlanc, Ty Blach and Tommy Milone in camp, so if you like soft-tossing lefties, head down to Sarasota. LeBlanc had a solid 2018 with the Mariners but was crushed by the juiced ball of 2019, serving up 28 home runs in 121⅓ innings. Given some of the other options for the Orioles’ rotation, he still has a good chance of making the team.

Boston Red Sox: Jeter Downs. Considering what the Red Sox gave up to get him, all eyes will be on Downs early in camp. He should get some reps in major league games before getting…

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