Rockies announce 22 non-roster invites for 2021 spring training, including

The Colorado Rockies announced their 2021 Major League spring training non-roster invitations on Tuesday.

22 players received an invite to join the Rockies in Scottsdale. Pitchers and catchers will report for their first workout on Thursday, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Feb. 23.

Among the invites are Colorado natives Max George, a graduate of Regis Jesuit High School, and Greg Bird, a Grandview alum. George, 24, will be attending his first Major League spring training, while Bird is a former high draft pick of the New York Yankees and has played in 186 big league games.

Like Bird, who spent last year with Texas and Philadelphia, six others are putting on the purple from different organizations. Catcher José Briceño, first baseman C.J. Cron, left-handed pitcher Brian Gonzalez, right-handed pitcher Dereck Rodríguez and infielder Connor Joe have all appeared in the Majors. Jameson Hannah has not appeared in MLB yet, but he was a second-round pick of Oakland in 2018, coming to Colorado in a November trade.

A total of 15 non-roster invitees finished the 2020 season in the Rockies organization, including four players who appeared in a Major League game with the Rockies: right-handed pitchers Chi Chi González, Joe Harvey, and Jesus Tinoco as well as infielder Chris Owings. Seven other players spent time at the Rockies’ alternate training site in Denver during the 2020 season: catcher Willie MacIver and Brian Serven, left-handed pitcher Ryan Rolison, right-handed pitcher Chad Smith and infielders Eric Stamets, Alan Trejo and Ryan Vilade.

Rolison and Vilade are among the Rockies top prospects.

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