The Colorado Rockies announced their list of 22 non-roster players who will be invited to Major League spring training. Pitchers and catchers will get spring training underway next Friday, February 19. The first full team workout will come on Thursday, February 25.
Headlining the list, as Bryan Kilpatrick reported this morning, is David Dahl. Dahl was drafted 10th overall by the Rockies in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Oak Mountain High School in Alabama. In four seasons in the minors, Dahl is hitting .309/.345/.497 with 144 RBI in 275 games played. While in Double-A, Dahl had to have his spleen removed following a collision with teammate Juan Ciriaco. He hit .266/.298/.397 in 79 games, which included a six game rehab stint with Short Season-A Boise.
Dom Nunez is also among the NRI's. The Rockies selected Nunez out of Elk Grove High School in California in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft. They quickly transitioned the infielder to catcher. Nunez spent his first two seasons with the organization playing for Rookie League Grand Junction before moving onto Asheville for 2015. He slashed .282/.373/.448 for the Tourists in 104 games last season.
Jeff Hoffman is also a notable name. According to the most recently released top prospect lists, Hoffman has been ranked ahead of Jon Gray. After spending time in Double-A New Britain in 2015, he'll get the chance to pitch against Major League clubs this spring, at least for a little while.
In the most recent edition of our PuRPs list, Dahl came in at No. 2, Hoffman No. 3, and Nunez slotted in at 13. This morning, Bobby DeMuro took a look at who he thought would get an invite and, all in all, he did pretty well, missing only one pitcher. See how the rest of his prediction compares to the rest of the list below!
Update (5:55 p.m. MT): Ryan McMahon and Kyle Parker have been added to the Rockies' NRI list, according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.
Left-handed pitchers (5)
Right-handed pitchers (8)