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Mets announce 15 non-roster invitees to spring training

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Notable names include pitcher David Peterson and outfielder Tim Tebow, bringing the total expected in big league camp to 58.

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The Mets announced Thursday that 15 minor league players in the organization will be invited to spring training, joining three minor league signings which included invitations to big league camp: outfielder Jarrett Parker, infielder Max Moroff, and LHP Chasen Shreve.

The new position player additions to camp consist of outfielders Ryan Cordell, Tim Tebow, and Johneshwy Fargas as well as infielder Jake Hagel and catchers Austin Bossart, Patrick Mazeika, and David Rodriguez.

On the pitching side, invitees include right-handers Matt Blackham, Ryley Gilliam, Francisco Rios, Pedro Payano, Stephen Nogosek, and Adonis Uceta and left-handers David Peterson and Kevin Smith.

Peterson, the Mets first round pick in 2017, goes into the 2020 season as the team’s 8th best prospect per Baseball Prospectus, the only member of the top ten expected to receive a nod. The other notable player included in this group is Tim Tebow, not ranked.

24 year old Nogosek struggled significantly in limited time in the majors in 2019, though he performed very well in the upper minors. 22 year old lefty Smith is rising quickly through the minors and may arrive in Queens as early as 2021.

Between a full 40 man roster, these 15 minor leaguers, and the three previously signed minor league deals with spring training invites, the Mets big league camp is up to 58 players expected, barring any additional signings.