You made it to the final division of our non-roster camp invitees previews. Congrats! And, remember, some of these guys may play an important role at some point during the season. In case you missed 'em, here are the AL East, AL Central, AL West, NL East and NL Central.
Considering that the catching situation is a mess, with only Tuffy Gosewisch and Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez on the 40-man roster, the D-backs invited a bunch of veteran catchers to camp, including Gerald Laird, Matt Pagnozzi and Jordan Pacheco. None of them are good solutions. ... You can't be surprised that Tony La Russa would extend an invite to Nick Punto. ... Ben Francisco was a decent platoon outfielder at one point, but now he's 33 and coming off a .693 OPS in the Atlantic League. Even for non-roster material, that looks pretty desperate. ... Yoan Lopez is the 22-year-old Cuban right-hander the Diamondbacks signed for $8.25 million. ... Archie Bradley, Braden Shipley and Aaron Blair give Arizona fans hope for the future. All three ranked in Keith Law's top 100 prospects -- Shipley at No. 19, Bradley at No. 21 and Blair at No. 37 -- and could reach the majors this year.
Reliever John Axford has the best shot to make the club, although he's never rediscovered the magic of 2011, when he saved 46 games for the Brewers. ... Rafael Betancourt has a career 3.08 ERA with the Rockies over five seasons, which is pretty impressive. He had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and pitched a few games in the minors in 2014. ... Jair Jurrjens was an All-Star in 2011, but he's been injured and ineffective since. ... According to Baseball-Reference, John Lannan has made over $12 million in his big league career. ... Lefty Yohan Flande started 10 games for Colorado in 2014 and went 0-6. Considering the Rockies have used 26 different starters over the past two seasons, Colorado fans probably haven't seen the last of him. ... Jon Gray was the third overall pick in 2013 and shot up the prospect lists after a dominant professional debut. But 2014 was less sterling; he had a 3.91 ERA at Double-A Tulsa. ... Omar Quintanilla spent parts of five seasons (2005-09) with the Rockies, but it's not exactly like bringing back Larry Walker or Todd Helton.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Corey Seager ranked fifth on Keith Law's top 100 prospects and will get a long look in spring training; he's a possible midseason call-up. A shortstop in the minors, Seager will probably play some third base in camp. ... Erik Bedard is Triple-A insurance if Brett Anderson or Brandon McCarthy get injured, which they often do. ... The injury to Kenley Jansen may open up a spot for David Aardsma or Sergio Santos, former closers who haven't been able to stay healthy. ... Julio Urias is just 18, but the left-hander is so advanced it's not out of the question that he'll pitch in the majors this season. ... Shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena signed out of Cuba last year and appeared in 22 games for the Dodgers, hitting .195. He's actually set to make $22 million over the next four seasons, but the Dodgers removed him from the 40-man roster, knowing no team would claim him because of the contract.
San Diego Padres
Good to see that Jose Valverde will be in camp somewhere. ... Right-hander Matt Wisler is in line to be one of the first starters called up from Triple-A. ... Last we saw Scott Elbert was when Don Mattingly brought him in during a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the NLDS, even though he'd pitched only 4.1 innings during the regular season. The series was tied 1-1. Elbert promptly gave up a double, a sacrifice and then a two-run home run to Kolten Wong. Only one of the key moments of the entire season. ... Former outfielder Jason Lane is now a pitcher. He actually started one game for the Padres last season and allowed one run in six innings. ... Brett Wallace was once the key component (who went to Oakland) in the Matt Holliday trade with St. Louis. He spent parts of four seasons with the Astros, the last in 2013.
San Francisco Giants
Brandon Hicks played a lot of second base last year and hit .162. He did, however, hit a big home run off Clayton Kershaw. ... Justin Maxwell is Triple-A outfield insurance, a guy who would fill in against left-handed pitching. ... Kyle Crick is allegedly the team's top prospect, but he walked 61 batters in 90 innings in Double-A and looks like a future reliever to me. ... Clayton Blackburn, on the other hand, lacks Crick's raw stuff but posted excellent numbers in Double-A. ... Brett Bochy is the son of the manager. He did appear in three games for the Giants but is your typical nondescript right-handed Triple-A reliever.