Wednesday, January 6, 2021

First Four Non-Roster Invitees Announced

2019 Topps Heritage #642
2016 Topps Heritage #221
2016 Topps Heritage #632
2012 Topps Heritage #143

If and when spring training happens in a few months, the Phillies will have at least four non-roster invitees suiting up in Clearwater.  That number is sure to grow, but it's always a good sign when non-roster invitee news starts to hit.  The Phillies announced these four names on Monday, a few weeks behind the pace of prior years.  For comparison purposes, the first four non-roster invitees were announced last year on December 20th.

Ronald Torreyes is the only returning Phillies player from 2020, for now, although Christian Bethancourt was in Clearwater with the club last spring before seemingly disappearing.  Neftali Feliz is a nine-year veteran, making the All-Star team and winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2010 while with the Rangers.  He last pitched in the majors in 2017 with the Royals.  The 6'7" Michael Ynoa also last pitched in the majors in 2017, when he appeared in 22 games for the White Sox.

Player (position) - 2020 Organization - Last Major Baseball Card Appearance
1.  Christian Bethancourt (c) - N/A - 2017 Topps #697 (Padres)
2.  Ronald Torreyes (inf) - Phillies - 2019 Topps #537 (Twins)
3.  Michael Ynoa (rhp) - N/A - 2016 Topps Heritage High Numbers #632 (White Sox)
4.  Neftali Feliz (rhp) - N/A - 2017 Topps Update #US117 (Royals)


John Bateman said...

It was not until a few years ago that I realized how 1967 and 1969 Topps are basically the same design. It really is noticeable on Heritage.

Jim said...

I know collectors LOVE the 1967, 1968 and 1969 Topps sets, but they never really did it for me. To your point, 1967 and 1969 are very similar - one with a circle at the top and one without.