3 Yankees non-roster spring training invitees who will make MLB by end of 2024

HINT: Two of them share the same name.

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The Yankees' 40-man roster is so full -- HOW FULL IS IT?! -- that when Pitchers and Catchers reported, some of the catchers had to report on Zoom.

It's safe to say that, minus a few dings and alterations and Blake Snell's asking price dropping by $100 million, the Yankees' 40-man is set for both spring training and Opening Day. Any injury replacements are probably already in the building ... but that doesn't mean this year's non-roster invitees don't have some noise to make.

After all, a thunderous spring is how Jasson Dominguez was able to open eyes last year and prove his production was finally matching his pedigree. His powerhouse camp paved the way for his promotion in late summer, which went ... pretty well (elbow not withstanding).

This spring, several key offensive prospects will get a chance to impress, as well as a few arms who the team has given every indication will get serious looks as contributors in 2024. The Yankees have a full five-man rotation of established talent in place at the moment, but plenty of rookies are penciled into important depth roles behind them. They feel more than comfortable with that setup, even if you, the fan, do not.

With apologies to Yerry De Los Santos (we've made our opinion of him extremely clear), these three unheralded non-roster invitees have the best chance of selling themselves during a longer-than-expected spring training.

3 Yankees spring training invitees who could open eyes and enter roster conversation

Caleb Durbin

The Yankees are giving their diminutive second baseman/spark plug a chance to shine at camp, in what'll hopefully be a glorious preview of what Roc Riggio will be able to offer them next spring.

Durbin more than earned the showcase. He showed out in the Arizona Fall League, capturing a Player of the Week award while in the spotlight amongst the game's brightest prospects. If he was up for that challenge, he will probably do a pretty good job outhustling also-rans and agitating aging middle relievers (who are still working their way into shape).

Spring training games are all interesting for a week or so -- baseball's back! -- before receding into drudgery. Durbin won't let that happen. He's likely to seize every opportunity he gets to make his jersey dirty, fresh off posting an .822 OPS and stealing 36 bags across two levels last summer, peaking at Double-A.

His frame doesn't seem capable of producing both speed and power, but so far, he's defied the odds at every stop. Why wouldn't he do so again this spring? Plus, the man he was traded for, Lucas Luetge, will in Boston's camp with the dreaded Red Sox. There's no better time for Durbin to rub it all in.