Spring training battles

Barring injuries over the next month in Surprise, the KC Royals do not have a lot of openings as they look to fill their big league roster.

surprise-stadium.jpgManager Ned Yost has mentioned that the Royals may carry eight relievers if right-hander Luke Hochevar isn’t 100 percent. That leaves just three bench players, one of which is the backup catcher.

Many feel that the three bench players will be Erik Kratz, utility fielder Christian Colon, and outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

Could anyone else sneak in? Sure, but these three are the favorites so an outsider would have to really impress in spring training.

There are five rotation spots, which should be filled by Edinson Volquez, Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas, and Jeremy Guthrie.

Out of the possible eight (or seven) bullpen spots, five will be filled by Hochevar, Jason Frasor, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland. Despite their struggles in 2014, lefty Tim Collins and righty Louis Coleman are the favorites to fill two of the final spots.

The bullpen is really the place where there could be a few new faces.

With some of the regulars needing some rest early in spring training due to their World Series run, there will be chances for the 20+ non-roster invitees and those on the 40-man roster to impress the coaching staff.

Over the next few days, I will take a look at some of the possible position battles and which players could make things interesting this spring.

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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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