The Triple-A Omaha roster seems to be getting more crowded with the minor league season set to begin in a week. Though the Storm Chasers have not released their roster, Double-A NW Arkansas’ seems to be about set. So you can predict who may be in Omaha next week.
Then the KC Royals went and threw a wrench into my predictions. They re-signed lefty Brian Duensing, outfielder Travis Snider, and infielder Clint Barmes to minor league deals. Add those three to the re-signing of right-hander Peter Moylan earlier in the week, and that is four more players being sent to Triple-A.
That does not even include the players still in big league camp that have not been cut yet (like John Lannan, David Huff, Cody Decker, and maybe Whit Merrifield).
Duensing struggled in his first spring training game, but pitched well after. He lives in Omaha. Snider hit .262 with two home runs this spring. He did strike out 17 times in 42 at-bats. His re-signing goes with an expected Omaha outfield of Brett Eibner, Jose Martinez, and Jorge Bonifacio.
Barmes hit .238, but committed three errors in 18 games. His re-signing makes me think Raul Mondesi will be headed to NWA and either Dusty Coleman or Angel Franco may be cut loose.