Invites to spring training are beginning to be announced, and we've got you covered. As they are made public, MLB Prospect Watch will track them all on individual team-by-team pages, which are still under construction. In the meantime, we'll keep you posted with links to the announcements made by each team and a background on the prospects you need to know.
As a reminder, all players on a team's 40-man roster automatically get invited to spring training, so the real news here are the non-roster invitees.
Most of the Phillies top prospects, of which there aren't currently too many, are near the majors, so Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle will be in camp. Neither has much of a shot to make the club, but both could be up at some point in 2014, especially if things go badly for the Phillies. Other prospects getting the invite are hard-throwing right-hander Ken Giles, who had a strong Arizona Fall League, and catcher Sebastian Valle, who was recently removed from the 40-man roster but who cleared waivers.
The Diamondbacks have a deep system with a number of interesting prospects, many of whom will be in camp. Headlining the prospect crowd is top prospect Archie Bradley, who is perhaps the best pitching prospect in all of baseball but who has virtually no chance to break camp with the team. Joining Bradley will be righty Jake Barrett and lefty Andrew Chafin among the pitching ranks, while Nick Ahmed and Jake Lamb are the most notable hitting prospects to receive invitations.
Perhaps no team in baseball can boast a better trio of prospects invited to spring training than the Twins, who have extended invitations to Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Alex Meyer. None will be making the team this spring, but their presence makes them a destination for scouts this March.