Most of the players in the Astros' organization who aren't on the 40-man roster won't be reporting until a few weeks after pitcher and catchers report for Spring Training on February 11. However, in all likelihood, several prospects will be reporting with the big league club as non-roster invitees. The early arrival of more players accomplishes three things. It gives young players a chance to gain exposure to big league camp. It provides more opportunities for the Astros to see their prospects as they interact with big leaguers. In the case of catchers, it assures that the increased number of pitchers in Major League camp will have someone to catch their pitches in the bullpen.
Following are a few players who are candidates to be extended an invite to big league camp.
Carlos Correa, SS(GCL Astros/Greeneville in 2012)
Delino DeShields, 2B(Lexington/Lancaster)
Rene Garcia, C(Lancaster/Corpus Christi)
Marc Krauss, OF(Mobile/Corpus Christi/Oklahoma City)
Carlos Perez, C(Lansing/Lancaster)
Jon Singleton, 1B(Corpus Christi)
George Springer, OF(Lancaster/Corpus Christi)
Jason Stoffel, RHP(Corpus Christi)
Chris Wallace, C(Corpus Christi/Oklahoma City)
NOTE: In 2012, the Astros brought in seven pitchers and four catchers as part of a minor league mini-camp. It will be interesting to see if they continue that practice in 2013.