Reds extend spring invite to 19 non-roster players

No. 5 prospect Gutierrez to report to Arizona; Cincy acquires VanMeter from SD

Reds extend spring invite to 19 non-roster players

CINCINNATI -- The Reds completed Thursday's trade of Rule 5 selection Luis Torrens to the Padres on Friday by announcing that they acquired infielder Josh VanMeter.

VanMeter, 21, split the 2016 season at San Diego's Class A Advanced and Double-A affiliates, batting a combined .251/.331/.403 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs. He primarily plays second base and third base but also has shortstop experience.

Torrens, a catcher, was picked second overall in the Rule 5 Draft and flipped to the Padres later in the day. The Reds also received cash in the deal.

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Cincinnati also announced the invitation of 19 non-roster players to big league camp at Spring Training: catchers Rob Brantly, Chad Wallach and Shawn Zarraga, right-handers Alejandro Chacin, Vladimir Gutierrez, Jimmy Herget, Tyler Mahle, Evan Mitchell and Kevin Shackelford, left-handers Ismael Guillon, Lucas Luetge and Nick Routt, infielder Brandon Dixon, shortstop Zach Vincej, outfielders Sebastian Elizalde and Gabriel Guerrero, infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan and Tony Renda and utility player Hernan Iribarren.

Of the invites, Renda, Iribarren and Kivlehan spent some time in the Major Leagues last season with Cincinnati.

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Gutierrez, who ranks as the organization's fifth-best prospect by, was a Cuban defector that the Reds signed in September for $4.75 million.

Vincej was recently named to the Arizona Fall League's top prospects team. Wallach, Mitchell and Routt also took part in the AFL last month.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.