non-roster invitees to 2019 spring training Bob Uecker Jersey , the team announced Saturday.Guerrero was not only Toronto's top-ranked prospect a season ago, but he was also the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.The 19-year-old did nothing but validate his ranking by raking at the plate last season, hitting an incredible .381/.437/.636 while mashing 20 home runs and 29 doubles to go with 78 RBI in 95 games. And he did all that while working his way through the Blue Jays system, climbing the ladder from rookie ball to Triple-A.Though it was in a small sample size, Guerrero showed he was more than ready to handle Triple-A pitching, hitting .336/.414/.564 with six dingers in 30 appearances with the Buffalo Bisons.Guerrero got his first taste of the big leagues last year, when he went 7-for-13 with one home run, one double and two RBI in four games during camp. He provided one of the top moments in MLB preseason history when he hit a walk-off home run in Montreal, where his father Vladimir Guerrero played the first eight years of his Hall of Fame career:Toronto Tyler Flowers Jersey , which finished 73-89 and in fourth place in the American League East, received no shortage of criticism for keeping Guerrero in the minors for the duration of the 2018 campaign, which prevented his service clock from starting. The MLB Players Association was especially critical of the organization's decision, per Sportsnet's Shi Davidi:"The union's position on service-time manipulation is clear: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and other great young talents around baseball have earned the right to play on the field for a major league team. The decision to not to bring him up is a business decision, not a baseball decision. It's bad for the Blue Jays, it's bad for fans, it's bad for players and it's bad for the industry."Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio the franchise believed it was in Guerrero's best interest for him to continue to develop before he made his MLB debut.Guerrero has a clearer path to the big leagues this year than he did in 2018, as 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson has since moved on, leaving Brandon Drury and Richard Urena as Toronto's top options at the hot corner.Fans will recognize some of the other non-roster invitees as well, as infielders Bo Bichette (Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect) and Cavan Biggio (No. 9) and pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. will all participate in big league camp. MESA , Ariz. (AP) For Anthony Rizzo, spring training sure has a different feel this year.The three-time All-Star showed up cracking jokes and slinging one-liners as he set out to help the Chicago Cubs bounce back from a disappointing finish last season.Its the first day; I picked out my outfit last night, he said as position players officially reported to camp this week. I was off to school.Rizzo left camp a year ago to return to his home in Parkland, Florida, in the wake of a deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A 2007 graduate, he fought back tears as he spoke at a vigil for the 17 people killed. He visited victims in the hospital, spent time with family and talked with neighbors following the rampage.Once he rejoined his team, well, it wasnt easy focusing on baseball. Rizzo acknowledged the shooting affected him and it still does.I went back and spoke from my heart, he said. It was a tough time. I still think about it every day for the most part. You have to move on in life and try to do the best I can.The way Rizzo handled the tragedy gave a glimpse into how he became one of the teams clubhouse leaders.Hes a great teammate Phil Niekro Jersey , great guy to be around, Kris Bryant said. I cant get enough of him. I love the guy.While Bryant clearly has affection for Rizzo, he doesnt think the Cubs first baseman gets enough around the league.I feel like he is still underrated, Bryant said. Its tough first base in the (National League) is loaded. He seems to be not talked about very much. Hes consistent and brings it every day.Rizzo has had four straight 100 RBI seasons and five in a row with 25 home runs or more. Despite being slowed by a back injury early on and batting .149 through April, he finished with a .283 average, 25 homers and 101 RBIs last year. He also won his second Gold Glove.But with Cincinnatis Joey Votto, Pittsburghs Josh Bell, Milwaukees Jesus Aguilar and St. Louis Paul Goldschmidt, the NL Central has no shortage of star power at first base.Its going to be fun and its going to be a battle, Rizzo said. Probably going to be some really intense games.The Cubs feel like they have something to prove after blowing a five-game lead over Milwaukee in the Central and losing to Colorado in the wild card game. Chicago combined for just two runs over 22 innings and watched as the Brewers and Rockies celebrated on consecutive days at Wrigley Field. It was a weak finish after three straight trips to the NLCS and a drought-busting World Series championship in 2016.A lot of guys are used to going to the NLCS , Rizzo said. To get knocked out, is like, Whoa. What is this? Barbecuing in October? Just talking to everyone, everyone is excited.Coming off a 95-win season, the Cubs were noticeably quiet in free agency because of budget constraints. Thats just fine with Rizzo.Its a challenge for all of us, he said. We didnt win last year, so what are we supposed to do sit back and do the same thing? Thats insanity. Weve got to play better. Weve got to be better and take it upon us to lead this group.Manager Joe Maddon likes what hes seeing from Rizzo.He looks great, Maddon said. Hes been working hard to create flexibility to his body. The extra month were not used to all of sudden had some benefit in how he felt and how eager he was to get going.Urgency has been the buzzword in camp. And Rizzo senses it.Maybe with a mentality we can set the tone a little bit better this year, he said. We go out there every day and try to win. I know we will come out strong.