Like the AL East all the teams in the AL Central are very close to each other in the standings, as all the teams are right around .500. Lets break it down and take a quick look at each team. Let’s keep in mind all team records and player stats are as of Sunday morning April 27th.
The Tigers are in first place with a 12-9 record and clearly the class of the division. Kinsler, Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson all off to strong starts. Keep an eye out on rookie Nick Castellanos. Also what is scary is Miguel Cabrera has yet to take flight. The Tigers are going to have to find a shortstop sooner rather than later. Their starting pitching has been strong but their bullpen has been spotty in the early going.
Twins surprisingly are off to a 12-11 start. That is a great record especially when you consider that 4 of their 5 starting pitchers have ERA’s between 5.14 and 7.32. Also Josh Willingham only has had 17AB’s due to injury and has been a non factor. But Chris Colabello (27RBI), Trevor Plouffe (.419 OBP) and Brian Dozier pop (7HR’s albeit low avg) have been huge for the offense. Continue reading
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