Danny Worth has played in 115 games for the Tigers over the last four seasons. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Detroit – Who will be the players to watch this spring of the 16 non-roster invitees the Tigers announced on Thursday?
Here’s a list of six.
1. Robbie Ray, LHP: Ray is one of the pitchers the Tigers received from the Washington Nationals in the Doug Fister deal. Ray, 22, didn’t have lights-out stats in the minors last year, but the Tigers think highly of him – so he’ll probably get a longer look than most in spring training.
2. Devon Travis, 2B: He’s coming off a .352 season at West Michigan, followed by .350 in 55 games at Lakeland -- with good pop at both stops. You bet this second baseman will be worth watching.
3. Blaine Hardy, LHP: Another left-hander, and not a kid (he’ll be 27 in March), he had a 1.63 ERA in 16 games at Erie and a 1.69 at Toledo, and with stats like that he’s certainly worth a long look in the spring.
4. Tyler Collins, OF: He made a good impression last spring, but followed that by hitting just .240 at Double A Erie after .290 at Lakeland in 2012. Still highly regarded, though.
5. Ezequiel Carrera, OF: Speedy and with major-league experience with both Cleveland and Philadelphia. Speed is his game (43 stolen bases last year at Triple A Columbus).
6. Trevor Crowe, OF: He, too, has major-league experience and could help out as some point as an outfielder during the season.
The first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers in Lakeland, Fla., is Feb. 14 and the first full-squad practice is Feb. 18.
TIGERS NON-ROSTER INVITEES TO SPRING TRAINING
Right-handed pitchers: Jhan Marinez, Luis Marte, Eduardo Sanchez, Drew VerHagen.
Left-handed pitchers: Duane Below, Blaine Hardy, Robbie Ray.
Catchers: Craig Albernaz, Luis Exposito, James McCann, John Murrian.
Infielders: Devon Travis, Danny Worth.
Outfielders: Ezequiel Carrera, Tyler Collins, Trevor Crowe.