Royals news: NWA roster and big league win in Houston

While the KC Royals minor league rosters have not been finalized yet, there have been some Twitter news of some players and where they are headed.

nwaPaul Boyd of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette interviewed NW Arkansas manager Vance Wilson and talked about the roster that won’t be finalized until sometime Saturday (mainly because the big league Royals have yet to finalize their roster and there will be a trickle down effect when they do finalize it).

Here is what Boyd tweeted:

The Naturals rotation will include Brandon Finnegan, Miguel Almonte, Glenn Sparkman, and Jonathan Dziedzic. Naturals returnee Andy Ferguson will also start, along with JC Sulbaran and Daniel Stumpf.

Mark Peterson, Ali Williams, and Sam Selman will anchor the bullpen.

Lane Adams shockingly returns to the Naturals and will be joined in the outfield by Terrance Gore (not Bubba Starling). The third base/first base jobs will go to newcomers Alex Liddi and Balbino Fuenmayor. Top prospect Raul Mondesi will start at shortstop.

Sean Manaea will stay in extended spring, but is still injured. I only saw him either sitting in the stands watching the minor league games, or as the batboy.

Two players who will NOT be returning to NWA are infielders Justin Trapp and Mark Threlkeld. Both were released and I was somewhat shocked with the news. Trapp was carried to big league games a few times over the last week. Best of luck to the two of them in their future!

Now I am guessing that the Triple-A Omaha rotation will be some combination of Joe Blanton, Aaron Brooks, Christian Binford, John Lamb, and Yohan Pino.

Who knows what the Storm Chasers bullpen will look like, but Louis Coleman will be there. He somehow cleared waivers.

Everything should be cleared up over the weekend (or at least early next week).


The big league Royals were in Houston tonight for the first of two exhibition games against the Astros. The Royals won 11-1.

Royals starter Edinson Volquez during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Royals starter Edinson Volquez during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Edinson Volquez made his last spring start a good one, as he struck out seven in four scoreless innings. He did allow five hits, but just one for extra bases (a double).

The Royals bullpen did their usual thing by putting up zeros and striking out opposing batters (that is until 1-2 punch in the late innings). It started with the newbie, Chris Young, who struck out two in the fifth. Jason Frasor and Kelvin Herrera each struck out one in their one perfect inning of relief.

Wade Davis struck out two, but did allow two hits in the eighth before Greg Holland allowed a run on two hits and two walks in the ninth. Holland allowed a home run to Evan Gattis. Both threw WAY too many pitches (Davis threw 25, while Holland threw 32).

The Royals only led 2-0 after five innings before erupting for three runs in the eighth and six more in the ninth. Their runs scoring came against offseason acquisitions Pat Neshek and Luke Gregerson. The Astros did commit three errors.

The Royals hit two home runs in the eighth off Neshek. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run shot, while Brett Eibner followed with a solo homer. Eibner was the only minor leaguer to play for the Royals and he is from Texas, so I am sure he had tons of people in attendance.

The Royals collected 14 hits, three each by Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain (who batted 2-3 in the order). Salvador Perez and Omar Infante each had two hits in the win.

*I mentioned the trickle down effect when the Royals finalize their big league roster. It all hinges on Ryan Madson, who did not make the trip to Houston. It will all come down to him and Brian Flynn for the final bullpen spot. The Royals could carry both, but then sacrifice an extra bench player.


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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