However, before we get to the position players, one more pitcher is now a "non-roster invitee"
The right-handed reliever cleared waivers this week - he had been taken off the 40-man roster on January 14, to make way for Cody Hall, another reliever, acquired from the Giants - and has now been outrighted to Reno. Not much of a surprise he was unwanted elsewhere; Stites has appeared in 48 games over the past two seasons, with an underwhelming 7.13 ERA for the D-backs. That's the second highest all-time for anyone with 30+ appearances for Arizona, trailing only Eddie Oropesa's 7.59 over 79 games in the 2002-03 campaigns. Stites has been kinda unlucky, though with a K:BB ratio of 32:21, only kinda.
With no clear backup catcher, there's an outside chance of the non-roster invitees at the position could potentially snag the spot, or at least establish themselves higher on the depth chart. Hayes is not short of experience, having appeared in the majors each of the last seven seasons, though has yet to reach 150 PA in any year. Last season, he was with the Indians, getting about a month in the majors after Yan Gomes sprained a knee. Hayes will turn 32 next month and has a career 63 OPS+ in 189 games. As for trivia concerning Mr. Hayes, I'll just leave this video from his 2011 wedding here.
The other non-roster catcher who has parlayed his 22nd-round pick by the Rays into a career as a minor-leaguer, and who'll be entering his 10th season without ever playing above Double-A. He has spent the last four seasons there, with the Rays and Diamondbacks organizations, hitting .201 with a .614 OPS at that level. Still, credit for turning his life round, having spent 3½ months at a drug-rehab facility in 2013, after getting a 50-game ban from MiLB for his second failed test for recreational drugs. Since then, no apparent issues - here's an interview with Thomas from August last year.
Moving on to the infield, Arias is one of the most experienced of non-roster invitees, with not one but two World Series rings, having played for the San Francisco Giants in their 2012 and 2014 wins. He was the PTBNL in the trade that sent A-Rod to the Yankees, the Rangers preferring him to Robinson Cano, and also played for the Mets and Royals before signing with the Giants in December 2011. Arias started the final out of Matt Cain's perfect game in June 2012, but was DFA'd by San Francisco in August, having batted .207 with zero walks in 40 games. One thing might help though: he's a career .300 hitter against Clayton Kershaw, having gone 12-for-40.
Jensen will be in his eight year as a minor-leaguer, all but 2015 being spent with the Marlins - he was traded to the Dodgers in November 2014, in part because the long-term extension given to Giancarlo Stanton made him expendable. The 27-year-old put up a decent line last season of .259/.314/.484, a .798 OPS in 128 games for their AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City. The outfielder has some power, with 47 home-runs during the past two seasons combined, so be interesting to see what he can do in Reno. However, that comes with a high strikeout rate of 25.4% over the same time-frame. He shared the same birthday - May 20, 1988 - as fellow Reno Ace Carlos Rivero.
One of the prospects received from Seattle along with Welington Castillo, in exchange for Mark Trumbo, Reinheimer has more of a reputation for his defense than his offense. Tony La Russa said of him in September that our scouts think Reinheimer is "right there in the conversation with Nick Ahmed." After arriving, the 23-year-old spent the rest of the season in Double-A Mobile, hitting .265/.355/.371. He was also one of the prospects sent by Arizona to the Fall League, where he hit only .230, but walked 14 times in his 21 games, for a .352 on-base percentage there. Below, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis of MLB.com discuss Reinheimer in the AFL along with another NRI, Yoan Lopez.