According to Major League Baseball Trade Rumors, the following seven Kansas City Royals players are out of options going into the 2014 season:
Francisley Bueno, Brett Hayes, Pedro Ciriaco, Danny Valencia, Jarrod Dyson, Justin Maxwell, Carlos Peguero.
All are still in major league camp as of Saturday, March 15th. So what are the chances for each to make the final 25 man roster and what are the obstacles in their way. Below is a review of each:
Francisley Bueno – The Royals signed Bueno to a minor league contract in 2012. A Cuban defector, Bueno originally signed with the Atlanta Braves in 2006. Following his release in in 2010, Francisley signed to pitch a year in Korea followed by a year in the Mexican League before signing with Kansas City. Continue reading
The Kansas City Royals have passed the halfway point in their Cactus League season. They started their 2014 campaign with 59 players in camp in mid-February, but have already reduced that number by 19 over the past week. More on that below.
Unlike 2013 when the team ran away with the Cactus League title, this year’s Royals have plodded along at a modest .500 rate going 7-7 with two ties as of Friday’s game against the Athletics.
We have seen plenty of ups and downs so far this spring as the Royals prepare for opening day in Detroit on March 31st. Below is a review of some of the more eventful changes thus far.
Mike Moustakas – Moose continues to show power and plate presence; maintaining an excellent slash line of .483/.556/1.000 through 13 games. He also added another home run and four RBIs this past week. Continue reading
Baseball is back! Even if it does only mean spring training games that have no impact on post season playoff admission. Just ask the 2013 Cactus League winner Kansas City Royals.
But spring training does have importance in many ways. Established players use the time to get themselves into playing shape for the long grind ahead while prospects fight for playing time to prove they belong on the major league roster. There are also the open starting and bench roles to fill with established players, minor league prospects and non-roster invitees all vying to claim a spot.
The Royals have played eight games so far and gone a healthy 5-2-1; spring training being the only time you see tie games as managers reach a point where they have used all their pitchers and hitters for the day and just declare a draw.
Anyway, it seemed a good time for a first look at Royals spring training and a few players having good or bad springs thus far. Continue reading