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Diamondbacks spring training opens on Wednesday

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It’s going to be a different kind of spring...

Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on February 17th, with the first full-squad workouts on the Monday after that, the 22nd. However, it’s not going to be as fan-friendly as previous years, all workouts being closed to the public. Even media access will be significantly reduced, with Zoom calls being the order of the day, as it was during the regular season. As we noted earlier in the week, it’s unclear if fans will be permitted to attend games, with spring training ticket sales having been suspended. But right now, it appears MLB is going ahead with the intention of progressing towards a full 162-game season, beginning April 1.

The team announced the 61 players who will be coming to camp - of course, there will be more than that, I’ve no doubt, but these are the ones who we should be looking at, with regard to potential roster spots. In addition to the 40-man roster, there are also 21 non-roster invitees. As usual, we’ll run the rule over the latter group in the coming days, but below is the list of all 61.

40-man roster + non-roster invitees

Right-handed pitchers (19) Left-handed pitchers (4) Catchers (3) Position Players (14)
Right-handed pitchers (19) Left-handed pitchers (4) Catchers (3) Position Players (14)
Jeremy Beasley (59) Travis Bergen (47) Carson Kelly (18) Nick Ahmed (13)
J.B. Bukauskas (73) Madison Bumgarner (40) Daulton Varsho (12) Kole Calhoun (56)
Humberto Castellanos (54) Caleb Smith (31) Stephen Vogt (21) Eduardo Escobar (5)
Taylor Clarke (45) Alex Young (49) Stuart Fairchild (63)
Stefan Crichton (58) Tim Locastro (16)
Jon Duplantier (34) Ketel Marte (4)
Luis Frías (65) Wyatt Mathisen (27)
Zac Gallen (23) David Peralta (6)
Kevin Ginkel (37) Geraldo Perdomo (82)
Merrill Kelly (29) Josh Rojas (10)
Yoan López (50) Pavin Smith (26)
Corbin Martin (25) Josh VanMeter (19)
Humberto Mejía (62) Christian Walker (53)
Keury Mella (64) Andy Young (14)
Matt Peacock (87)
Riley Smith (46)
Joakim Soria (48)
Luke Weaver (24)
Taylor Widener (62)
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NON ROSTER INVITEES
Right-handed pitchers (5) Left-handed pitchers (5) Catchers (3) Position players (8)
Chris Devenski Miguel Aguilar Jose Herrera Seth Beer
Seth Frankoff Ryan Buchter Bryan Holaday Drew Ellis
Josh Green Tyler Gilbert Jamie Ritchie Domingo Leyba
Carlos Navas Joe Mantiply Christian Lopes
Bradley Roney Sam Moll Jake McCarthy
Juniel Querecuto
Trayce Thompson
Drew Weeks

Any names here you like as potential dark horse for roster spots? Where do you see the biggest position battles shaking down? Who has most to prove this spring?