On Monday, the KC Royals announced that they have released three players from their minor league contracts. Two of which had opt-out dates of yesterday.
They are relievers Brian Duensing and Peter Moylan, and infielder Clint Barmes.
It seems I did not do a good job of projecting who would win the Opening Day roster spots. I really thought Ross Ohlendorf and Duensing would win spots. Instead, both were released.
Duensing had a rough start to spring, allowing two runs on four hits in his first inning of work. He also took a ground ball off his foot and missed a few days in the middle of March.
However, after the bad first outing, he allowed just one earned run (three total) on nine hits and three walks over 9.1 innings. He struck out eight.
There is hope that because Duensing lives in Omaha, that he might re-sign and take a minor league assignment to Triple-A. Being a lefty, another team may jump at the chance to sign him (though no one did this offseason).
Moylan had an up-and-down spring, stringing together one good and one bad outing after another. In his good outings (seven scoreless innings), he allowed three hits, walked three, and hit one. In his bad outings (three innings), Moylan allowed eight runs on six hits and four walks.
Now it looks as though longshot Chien-Ming Wang might make the team when the season starts. He has been impressive this spring and could easily be added to the 40-man roster with Tim Collins needing a second Tommy John surgery.
Barmes was a guy I didn’t understand why the Royals signed him. He hit .235 in 18 games with three doubles, two walks, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Barmes also committed three errors.
*Even though the Royals play two exhibition games against Arizona this weekend in Phoenix, the regulars will only play on Friday. Most of the Opening Day roster will fly to Kansas City on Saturday morning to prepare for Sunday night’s opener. Meaning, minor leaguers will be playing at Chase Field on Saturday, with the exception of starter Yordano Ventura.