Spring training news and notes

Happy position players officially report day!

cactus_logoAs of Monday, all but Alcides Escobar and Kendrys Morales had reported to Surprise for KC Royals spring training (UPDATE: Morales arrived early Tuesday morning). Today is the day that EVERYONE must report to the complex to begin workouts.

Wednesday is the first full squad workout.

Former Royals top pick Bubba Starling reported to his first big league spring training early. Assistant GM JJ Picollo did not rule out Starling returning to Wilmington to start the 2015 season, especially after struggling so much in 2014 (he and the rest of the Blue Rocks offense).

Starling could play defense in centerfield in the big leagues RIGHT NOW. He made jyst two errors in 2014 at spacious Frawley Stadium (and he was not happy about either one of them). Despite his struggles at the plate, he never took the issues out on defense.

If he could just consistently put the bat on the ball…

Starling met with the media on Monday (because of all the media requests) and you can check out the video (via the Kansas City Star) below:

 

  • On the good news front, Alex Gordon was cleared to throw and swing the bat. However, he is allowed to just swing the bat, not hit a ball.
  • Top prospect Raul Mondesi gained quite a bit of weight over the offseason (and after participating in the Arizona Fall League that ended in November). He is coming in around 192. I just hope the extra weight doesn’t make him lose his speed and athleticism (he is only 5’11). I hope this doesn’t make Mondesi think he is a power hitter because he sometimes tried to swing for the fences last year. Plus, he had back issues in 2014.
  • GM Dayton Moore spoke last week about some of the Royals tops prospects. The Royals do not want to rush Kyle Zimmer back from shoulder surgery and would like him ready to compete for a rotation spot in 2016. Sean Manaea is on course to compete for a rotation spot in 2016 as well, though Moore did not rule out that Manaea could be a bullpen piece late in the season (with him starting in Double-A).

Miguel Almonte is someone to watch this spring. Moore said that Almonte is ahead of Yordano Ventura at the same stage. The Royals expect Christian Colon to push Omar Infante for the second base job. Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio is expected to repeat Double-A again and Moore compared his struggles to that of Wil Myers in his first go-round in Double-A. Fellow outfielder Paulo Orlando is another player to watch this spring. I am always rooting for the Brazilian and am really hoping he can sneak onto that Opening Day roster.

Manager Ned Yost also talked about the Royals prospects (video via the Kansas City Star):

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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