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Carlos Correa, Colin Moran, Mark Appel headline Astros spring training non-roster invites

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Houston announced it will bring 17 players to spring training this year.

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Tuesday provided some good news for a select group of Astros prospects. Via a press release, the Astros announced this morning that 17 players have been invited to spring training as non-roster players.

The group includes top prospects like right-hander Mark Appel, third baseman Colin Moran and shortstop Carlos Correa along with previous 40-man roster members left-hander Darin Downs and shortstop Gregorio Petit.

Minor league signee Dan Johnson is also on the list, along with outfielder Andrew Aplin, third baseman Matt Duffy, catcher Luis Flores, shortstop Nolan Fontana, catcher Tyler Heineman, right-hander Jordan Jankowski, catcher Roberto Pena, right-hander Brady Rodgers, infielder Joe Sclafani, right-hander Jason Stoffel and outfielder Preston Tucker.

Seven of the Astros top 10 prospects, per MLB.com, will be in attendance at Major League Spring Training, including Correa (No. 1), Appel (No. 2), OF Domingo Santana (No. 3), RHP Mike Foltynewicz (No. 4), Moran (No. 5), RHP Michael Feliz (No. 7) and RHP Vincent Velasquez (No. 8). Santana, Foltynewicz, Feliz and Velasquez are currently on the Astros 40-man roster.

With Houston's 17 non-roster invitees scheduled to attend camp, the overall Spring Training roster total is at 56 players (25 pitchers, 31 position players). The 40-man roster is currently at 39. The report dates for Spring Training are Feb. 20 for pitchers and catchers and Feb. 24 for position players.

What do you think? Surprised by any names on the list? Expecting any additions in the next month?