The Chicago White Sox announced a list of 21 non-roster invitees to Spring Training ahead of the 2021 season.
A non-roster invite is given to a player who is not on the 40-man roster with the opportunity to beat out another player on that set, or to impress enough to move up the ranks within the team’s farm system.
The headliner of this list is top prospect Andrew Vaughn, who was a third overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. With the questions surrounding the White Sox DH slot in the lineup, there is plenty of speculation that Vaughn’s advanced bat will land him on the big league club. The 22-year-old was said to be the best overall hitter in his draft class, shining a bit more light on the baseball program at California-Berkley. Although he’s never played above Single-A, there are high hopes for Vaughn heading into the team’s contention window.
Another familiar name headed to Glendale is bullpen arm Ryan Burr, who has been making his comeback from Tommy John surgery in 2019. Additionally, former first-round pick Tim Beckham and pitcher Alex McRae, who appeared in two games for the White Sox last season, are making the trip as well.
Finally, Jonathan Lucroy, who signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox a week ago, received an invite to Camelback Ranch. Lucroy’s best days came with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he was a two-time All-Star selection. The 34-year-old backstop will join Yasmani Grandal, Zack Collins, and Yermin Mercedes in working with new hire Jerry Narron on the craft of catching.
All pitchers and catchers are set to report to Glendale on February 17th with the team’s first full-squad workout just five days later.