An invitation for a prospect who isn't on the Rangers' 40-man roster should be considered an honor and an opportunity. And Rougned Odor is getting that chance this season.
Odor, the No. 64 overall prospect according to ESPN.com's Keith Law, was invited Monday -- his 20th birthday -- and will join a handful of other prospects, along with the major league regulars and those hoping to win a job on the roster when spring training kicks off in a few weeks.
"Rougned earned it with how he played during the 2013 season between Myrtle Beach, Frisco and in the Venezuelan Winter League this offseason," said Mike Daly, senior direction of minor league operations. "Major league camp will be great opportunity and he is looking forward to it."
Odor was the club's minor league player of the year after hitting .305 with 41 doubles, six triples, 11 homers and 78 RBIs in 130 games with Class A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco. He had 32 stolen bases, the most of his career.
"We feel he can handle (spring training) physically and mentally," general manager Jon Daniels said. "(Jurickson) Profar and (Luis) Sardinas are coming by way of being on the 40 and we felt Odor deserved to be there with them. Plus, this gives Wash and the staff time to work with him, and see what he can do."
Daniels noted that being around Adrian Beltre won't hurt. Beltre, one of the club's key leaders and consistent hitters, has helped other young infielders (see Elvis Andrus and Profar) while in Texas and will get a chance to spend time with Odor.