One of the Royals brightest pitching prospects and several recently acquired veterans have received invitations to big-league camp in Surprise, Ariz. The Royals will have 21 total non-roster players at major-league spring training beginning in February.
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Yordano Ventura, 21, leads a group of nine pitchers who received invites. Ventura threw a scoreless inning as the starter for the World team in the Futures All-Star Game in Kansas City last summer. He was the 2012 Wilmington pitcher of the year and a Carolina League All-Star.
Miguel Tejada, Endy Chavez, Xavier Nady and Willy Taveras were among the recently signed veterans who will be in camp.
Here are the key dates for spring training:
Feb. 11: pitchers and catchers report
Feb. 12: first official workout for pitchers and catchers
Feb. 14: infielders and outfielders report
Feb. 15: first official full-squad workout
Feb. 22: Cactus League opener