The Red Sox have announced the non-roster invitees to Spring Training, including a mix of prospects and minor league free agents.
While there's no real space on the Red Sox' 25-man roster going into the season barring injuries, this will give the Sox a chance to evaluate their depth and closely evaluate some of their minor league prospects to determine who they can expect to contribute in the near future.
The most notable players joining the team include:
Che-Hsuan Lin -- A speedy defensive whiz in the outfield who showed off his plate discipline last spring, drawing five walks in under 25 plate appearances. He posted a .386 OBP in Double-A Portland last year.
Ryan Lavarnway -- Perhaps the best pure hitter in Boston's system, Lavarnway has topped 20 homers in his last two years, hitting .285/.395/.494 for Portland last year after being promoted from High-A Salem. The question is whether or not he will be able to stick at catcher--something the Sox will be looking at carefully this spring.
Alex Wilson -- A big The team's second round draft pick from 2009, Wilson dominated the lower levels before getting beat up by Double-A batters last year.
Here's the full list of non-roster invitees:
Juan Carlos Linares