More non-roster invites

*The Reds revealed the additions to their Spring Training non-roster invites on Wednesday, which includes a pair of recent first-round picks. Invited were: Jeff Francis, RHP Tim Crabbe, RHP Drew Hayes, RHP Michael Lorenzen and RHP Robert Stephenson.

Stephenson was the 27th overall pick by the Reds in 2011. Lorenzen was the 38th overall selection in the first-round supplemental portion of the 2013 Draft. Click here for the non-roster invitees page on The new names should be updated soon.

*Speaking of Stephenson, today he was named the No. 7 right-handed pitching prospect in baseball by’s web site Click here for a companion story I did today about Stephenson.

*The Reds will play the Cardinals on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on May 25 at GABP. Game time is 8 p.m.

*Also a correction to a previous post: When I wrote that outfielder Thomas Neal was signed to a Minor League deal he was not given an invitation to big league camp as I had reported. Sorry for that mistake.

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