Henry Owens, Matt Barnes, Blake Swihart headline Red Sox non-roster invitations to big league camp

January 17, 2014 - 9:31 am

The Red Sox announced that eight prospects -- seven of whom are currently taking part in the team's Rookie Development Program in Boston -- have received non-roster invitations to take part in big league spring training. The group: Matt Barnes Dalier Hinojosa Deven Marrero Henry Owens Noe Ramirez Travis Shaw Blake Swihart Heiker Meneses Owens (No. 2), Swihart (No. 5) and Barnes (No. 9) all ranked among Baseball America's top 10 Red Sox prospects; all are taking part in their first big league camp, as is right-hander Noe Ramirez, who flourished in his conversion to a reliever in 2013, and first baseman Travis Shaw. All five of those invitees were members of the draft class of 2011. Marrero, a shortstop whom the Sox took in the first round of the 2012 draft, will be taking part in his second big league camp. Hinojosa, a right-handed pitcher who defected from Cuba and signed with the Sox in late-2013, will be in his first spring training. Meneses, a versatile utility player who spent some time this winter at both catcher and in the outfield to round out his ability to play short, second and third, is a 22-year-old who will be in his first big league camp. In 110 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last year, Meneses hit .253 with a .312 OBP and .343 slugging mark. The wealth of homegrown big league spring training invitees -- particularly pitchers -- represents a marked contrast from just two years ago, when the Sox had just one homegrown pitcher (right-hander Alex Wilson) in camp as a non-roster invitee. For more on the seven Red Sox non-roster invitees taking part in the Rookie Development Program (as well as the three participants in the program who will be in spring training as members of the 40-man roster -- Garin Cecchini, Anthony Ranaudo and Christian Vazquez) -- click here.