Player News - Royals

Date: Team: Pos:

Royals reassigned C Brayan Pena to minor league camp.

Drew Butera will begin the year as Salvador Perez's backup. Pena figures to provide catching depth at the Triple-A level.
Mar 28 - 12:20 PM

Jason Vargas yielded two runs in seven innings in a 10-3 win over the Athletics in Cactus League action on Monday.

It was easily his best outing of the spring. The veteran lefty scattered five hits — including a solo homer to prospect Matt Chapman — while walking none and striking out five. After missing most of 2016 while in rehab mode after Tommy John surgery, Vargas will begin the year with a rotation spot. He’s not the most exciting fantasy option at this stage.
Mar 27 - 7:28 PM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored Monday against the Athletics.

Moustakas is hitting just .204 (11-for-54) this spring, but he has slugged five homers along the way. He could be a sneaky option in fantasy leagues after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. The 28-year-old hit 22 homers with an .817 OPS back in 2015.
Mar 27 - 7:27 PM

Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base in Monday’s win over the Athletics.

After injuries limited Cain to 103 games last season, he has put together a strong spring by batting .286 (12-for-42) with an .830 OPS. The 30-year-old is capable of making an impact across all categories in fantasy leagues, but his health is a bit of a red flag. He’s one of a few prominent Royals going into their walk year.
Mar 27 - 7:26 PM

Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left oblique strain and will be held out of baseball activities for a week.

It's the mildest of the strains, and the Royals haven't even officially made a decision on a disabled list stint for Soler yet even though Opening Day is in a week. Ultimately, a stay on the DL is virtually a given here, although it sounds like there's hope that he won't miss much time.
Mar 27 - 7:08 PM

Royals reassigned RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Malcom Culver, C Zane Evans, and INF Humberto Arteaga to minor league camp.

Alburquerque was in Royals camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league deal and posted a 4.15 ERA across 8 2/3 innings in the Cactus League. It looks like right-hander Peter Moylan will get the final spot in the Kansas City bullpen.
Mar 27 - 1:58 PM

Royals optioned OF Billy Burns to Triple-A Omaha.

Burns, a .271/.309/.355 career hitter, went 9-for-41 (.220) this spring in the Cactus League. The 27-year-old speedster will function as organizational outfield depth for Kansas City in 2017.
Mar 27 - 1:54 PM

Royals optioned LHP Scott Alexander to Triple-A Omaha.

Matt Strahm, Travis Wood, and Mike Minor are all left-handed, so Alexander will be boxed out of an Opening Day bullpen spot. He posted a cool 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP across 9 1/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League.
Mar 27 - 1:51 PM

Royals optioned OF/DH Peter O'Brien to Triple-A Omaha.

O'Brien has been one of the best players in the Cactus League this spring, boasting a 1.127 OPS with seven home runs in 51 at-bats, but he was always a longshot to crack the Opening Day roster. If something goes wrong with Brandon Moss, or the veteran slugger isn't hitting left-handed pitching, look for O'Brien to get the call as DH help.
Mar 27 - 1:48 PM

Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique and will likely open the 2017 season on the disabled list.

His disabled list stint can be backdated to sometime in March so that he might only have to sit out one week of regular-season games. Soler, acquired this winter from the Cubs for closer Wade Davis, was batting just .143/.254/.286 through 59 plate appearances in this year's Cactus League. Terrance Gore now projects to make the Royals' roster out of camp.
Mar 27 - 11:31 AM

Raul Mondesi has been named the Royals' starting second baseman.

Royals manager Ned Yost made that announcement Monday morning in camp. Mondesi batted just .185/.231/.281 over his first 149 plate appearances in 2016, though he did also steal nine bases. The 21-year-old carries some AL-only fantasy appeal in his new starting job. Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon will continue to battle for bench spots.
Mar 27 - 11:26 AM

Brandon Moss finished 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Royals' 8-7 Cactus League win over the Angels on Sunday.

Moss took J.C. Ramirez yard in the fourth inning and also added two singles. He is projected to serve as the Royals' primary designated hitter in 2017 after signing a two-year, $12 million free agent contract in late January. The veteran slugger has some deep-league fantasy appeal.
Mar 26 - 7:41 PM

Jason Hammel was blasted for seven earned runs over six innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Angels.

This was the first bad outing of the spring for Hammel, who entered with a 3.14 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in four starts covering 14 1/3 innings. He gave up eight hits and walked two while striking out three. The new Royals starter is lined up to pitch the third game of the regular season.
Mar 26 - 6:46 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox could be a team to watch for Eric Hosmer if the Royals shop him this summer.

Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas are headed for free agency and the Royals could shop all three if the team falls out of contention by the trade deadline. Adding Hosmer to an already stacked Boston lineup would make the Red Sox heavy favorites to win the American League. Of course, he'd only be a rental as top prospect Sam Travis is considered Boston's first baseman of the future.
Source: Boston Globe
Mar 25 - 11:41 PM

Salvador Perez went 1-for-3 with a single in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Brewers.

The Royals failed to pick up an extra-base hit in this one, at least until Raul Mondesi ended it all with a solo home run in the bottom of the tenth. Perez's single was one of just five total hits they managed against Milwaukee pitching. While the backstop suffered a hyperextended elbow during the World Baseball Classic, the minor injury should not have an impact on his Opening Day status. For fantasy purposes, Perez offers a dependable bat at a thin position.
Mar 25 - 6:53 PM


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