Kansas City Royals News
If it's not broken, don't fix it. The free-swinging Alcides Escobar doesn't fit the traditional definition of a leadoff man, but the Royals rolled to the World Series after an exasperated Ned Yost put him into the leadoff spot last September. He's still writing his name there.
It was like the Royals' very own Futures Game on Thursday in a 5-4 win over Texas.
Royals prospect Cheslor Cuthbert ripped a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth off Rangers reliever Alec Asher to rally Kansas City to a 5-4 victory over Texas on Thursday afternoon.
There is a pretty healthy discussion going on within the Royals' organization these days about what to do with rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan, who was drafted last year as a starter but has excelled out of the bullpen.
There is always an offensive distortion factor that all managers whose teams train in Arizona have to consider. That was true again in the Royals' Cactus League opener Wednesday as they banged out a 13-2 win over Texas, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back homers by Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios.
Royals left-hander Tim Collins, who left Wednesday's 13-2 win over the Rangers after facing four hitters because of tightness in his elbow, will have an MRI on Thursday morning at a local hospital.
Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios homered in succession in a six-run Royals first inning Wednesday, helping K.C. cruise to a 13-2 win over the Rangers in the Cactus League opener for both clubs.
Alex Rios said he honestly can't remember if he was part of a back-to-back-to-back home run barrage at any level of his career.
Left-hander Danny Duffy is without question one of the more colorful Royals. Duffy is the man, of course, who came up with the song "We Ready," which became the Royals' postgame anthem from September through the playoffs (spoiler alert: it will not be the Royals' anthem this season). Here are five things you may or may not have known about Duffy.
Left-hander Tim Collins, in a battle for one of the final spots in the Royals' bullpen, left the club's Cactus League opener against the Rangers on Wednesday because of tightness in his elbow after facing just four hitters.
Jarrod Dyson was in the lineup card in left field in the Royals' Cactus League opener, filling in for Alex Gordon, who is still rehabbing his right wrist. Manager Ned Yost also plopped Dyson second in the batting order, leading to obvious speculation that when Gordon is healthy enough to play in games, Gordon might be the Royals' No. 2 hitter this season. Not so fast, Yost said.
Luke Hochevar, recovering from Tommy John surgery last March, had thrown his first batting-practice session of the spring on Tuesday, and the first thing Royals skipper Ned Yost did when he got to the clubhouse Wednesday morning was find out how the right-hander was feeling.
Spring Training games are finally on deck, and Royals manager Ned Yost can soon begin the process of determining the 25-man roster that he will break camp with later this month.
One of the big questions this spring is how much progress third baseman Mike Moustakas will make in trying to combat the shift, which hampered his season in 2014. But Moustakas' work likely will be restricted to times that he is in the batting cage.
Ryan Madson isn't too concerned over a recent stiff back. In fact, the right-hander is pretty excited about the new mechanics that pitching coach Dave Eiland has taught him this spring.
The Royals on Tuesday morning signed eight players -- all pre-arbitration players, including right-hander Yordano Ventura -- to one-year deals.
Right-hander Jandel Gustave, a Rule 5 Draft pick, intrigued the Royals' scouting department enough with his 101-mph fastball that the club considers it a real possibility that it could carry him on the 25-man roster all season.
If it's not catcher Salvador Perez needling center fielder Lorenzo Cain on Instagram, it's outfielder Jarrod Dyson poking fun at incoming rookies in camp. It's that type of playful camaraderie that manager Ned Yost appreciates.
After a decent start at Double-A last season, something strange happened to Royals prospect Hunter Dozier. He went through a slump, an actual, nasty two-week stretch in which he went 5-for-42. Dozier calls it the worst hitting slump of his young baseball life.
Heavy rains washed out the Royals' intrasquad game on Monday, and manager Ned Yost said the club doesn't plan on making it up on Tuesday.
Alex Gordon has become the standout from the 2005 First-Year Player Draft that included: Gordon, No. 2 to the Royals; Ryan Zimmerman, No. 4 to the Nationals; Ryan Braun, No. 5 to the Brewers; and Troy Tulowitzki, No. 7 to the Rockies.
Right-hander Joe Blanton's road back to the Majors got off to a bumpy start in the Royals' first intrasquad game. He gave up four straight hits, including a booming double by Eric Hosmer off the center-field screen. Blanton, though, said he wasn't discouraged.
Almost a year after Tommy John surgery, Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar is back throwing off the mound and, yes, throwing curveballs.
Royals second baseman Omar Infante had one of the most demanding physical seasons of his career in 2014.
There is a perception by some observers that keeping rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan on the 25-man roster and in the Royals' bullpen would be "wasting" him because he was a first-round Draft pick chosen to be an eventual starter.
If there's one guy you'd think can't wait for September and October to come around, it's Royals outfielder Terrance Gore. Gore was the Royals' secret weapon last season after September callups and in the postseason.
Left-hander Brian Flynn didn't ask for uniform No. 33. "I was surprised when they gave it to me," Flynn said, adding that he knew right away that it was James Shields' old number.
News that White Sox left-hander Chris Sale -- likely the Opening Day starter against the Royals on April 6 if healthy -- suffered an avulsion fracture on the lateral side of his right foot naturally was of interest to Royals manager Ned Yost.
A shortstop in college, Christian Colon might be best suited for second base, but he could see playing time at shortstop and third base for the Royals when the regular season begins.
Everybody in camp knows who 19-year-old Raul Adalberto Mondesi is. The young shortstop has been working out at the Royals' Arizona facility on and off since he signed with the club for $2 million as an international free agent in 2011.