Triple-A Omaha was the last of the four KC Royals full season minor league affiliates to release their Opening Day roster.
There were not a lot of surprises, mainly because half the roster came from players optioned back from big league camp.
The rotation will begin the season like this: Miguel Almonte on Thursday night, followed by lefties John Lannan and Jonathan Dziedzic, and right-handers Luke Farrell and Brooks Pounders.
You will notice the one surprise there: no Kyle Zimmer. And no one seems to know where he is (or at least no one is talking). I spent a week in Surprise and I started to wonder when he did not pitch, AT ALL (while I saw some starters pitch twice). I never even saw him at the games for the mandatory five innings of attendance of those not playing.
UPDATE: Seems Zimmer is once again having issues with his pitching shoulder and will stay in extended spring training for the foreseeable future.
Filling out the rest of the Storm Chasers pitching staff are lefties Scott Alexander, Brian Flynn, David Huff, and Brian Duensing. Right-handers Malcom Culver, Aroni Nina, Clayton Mortensen, and Peter Moylan round out the bullpen.
Catching the above pitching staff with be veteran Tony Cruz and Parker Morin. Morin is looking to stay healthy after an injury-riddled 2015 season.
The infield will have a very veteran feel, as third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert is the only one under 25. He will be joined by middle infielders Clint Barmes and Dusty Coleman, and first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor and Cody Decker. Utility man Whit Merrifield returns to Omaha for the third straight season.
In the outfield, prospect Jorge Bonifacio will get his first taste of Triple-A. He is joined by returnees Brett Eibner and Jose Martinez, along with Travis Snider.
On paper, the Storm Chasers are a very formidable team, especially if players like Eibner, Merrifield, Dziedzic, Pounders, Martinez, and Fuenmayor have seasons like last year.
*Remember when I was wondering where Andy Ferguson was? Well, he is listed on Omaha’s DL.