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San Francisco Giants: Three Non-Roster Invitees to Watch

Jake Mastroianni
Mar 25, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) talks with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) prior to the game at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) talks with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) prior to the game at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 25, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) talks with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost (3) prior to the game at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Here we’ll take a look at three San Francisco Giants non-roster invitees to keep an eye on during spring training and see if any can crack a spot on the big league roster.

The San Francisco Giants have invited 29 guys to spring training, and that number is still growing as Gordon Beckham was recently signed as a non-roster invitee.

As we all know, it’s difficult for non-roster invitees to make the major league roster out of spring training because that means the team would have to add them to their 40-man roster. If the team’s 40-man roster is full, then they will have to release a player in order to add them, so there has to be a huge benefit to adding someone to a 40-man roster.

Still, we see it happen every spring, with Ryan Vogelsong being one of the more popular non-roster invitees to make the San Francisco Giants team out of spring training in recent memory.

It’s also very difficult for players who still have minor league options to make the major league roster out of spring training as non-roster invitees. For that reason, we won’t be looking at some of the San Francisco Giants top prospects in this article like Tyler Beede, Christian Arroyo and Steven Duggar.

All three of those players certainly have a chance to crack the big league roster this year, but I’m doubtful that any of them will out of spring training. Duggar might have the best shot if he impresses this spring.

Instead we are going to focus on some of the veterans that the San Francisco Giants have brought in to provide some experience and depth.

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