Buxton, Berrios among 18 non-roster spring invitees

Buxton, Berrios among 18 non-roster spring invitees

MINNEAPOLIS -- Top prospects Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios headline the list of 18 non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training for the Twins, the club announced Friday.

Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, is one of 12 position players on a Minor League contract invited to Spring Training. Berrios, ranked as the No. 33 overall prospect, is one of six non-roster pitchers invited to camp.

It marks the second straight year that Buxton, 21, will be in Major League camp, while Berrios, 20, returns to Major League camp after going for the first time in 2012, when he participated in the World Baseball Classic for his native Puerto Rico.

Buxton dealt with several injuries last season, including a lingering wrist injury and a season-ending concussion suffered in his first career game at Double-A. The center fielder played in just 31 Minor League games as a result before playing in the Arizona Fall League. Buxton suffered a fractured middle finger in the Arizona Fall League and had to undergo surgery, but is expected to be fully healthy heading into Spring Training.

Buxton's infield single

Buxton is one of four non-roster outfielders invited to camp, joining Eric Farris, Danny Ortiz and Shane Robinson. The Twins also invited four non-roster catchers: Mitch Garver, Tyler Grimes, Dan Rohlfing and Stuart Turner; and four non-roster infielders: James Beresford, Doug Bernier, Argenis Diaz and Heiker Meneses.

Berrios reached Triple-A Rochester for the first time last year, and he posted a 2.76 ERA with 140 strikeouts and just 38 walks in 140 innings across three levels. The right-hander is likely to start the year in the Minor Leagues, but remains one of the club's top pitching prospects along with Alex Meyer, Kohl Stewart and Trevor May.

Berrios is joined by right-handers Tyler Duffey, Mark Hamburger and Adrian Salcedo; and left-handers Ryan O'Rourke and Taylor Rogers.

Top Prospects: Berrios, MIN

Of the 18 non-roster invitees, only Hamburger, Bernier, Diaz and Robinson have Major League experience. The Twins currently have 58 players invited to Spring Training, with pitchers and catchers set to report on Feb. 22.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.