SURPRISE, Ariz. | The Royals second intrasquad game is, weather permitting, scheduled for later today after the World rallied Tuesday from a five-run deficit to finish in a 5-5 with the USA over 6 1/2 innings.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
Rain is in the forecast, which could derail the planned five-inning game. Tuesday offered a strict World/USA roster division, but several U.S.-born pitchers including Luke Hochevar are scheduled to pitch today for the World team.
Plans call for John Lamb to start for the USA.
Tuesdays game had several highlights, including homers by Salvy Perez and third-base prospect Cheslor Cuthbert for the World team.
Christian Colón pulled the World even with a two-run single with two outs in the fifth against Blaine Boyer and produced the defensive play of the game with a diving stop on a David Lough grounder in the sixth. Colóns play resulted in a force at second.
The rest of the week calls for the Royals to hold their annual photo day on Thursday before opening their 36-game Cactus League schedule on Friday when they meet Texas at Surprise Stadium.
For those who missed it, Baseball America published its annual spring list of the games top 100 prospects. Heres a link: http://bit.ly/131OSpl
The Royals put three players on the list: right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer at No. 24, outfielder Bubba Starling at No. 35 and right-hander Yordano Ventura at No. 85.
In case youre wondering, two of the four prospects traded to Tampa Bay in the big offseason deal also made the list: outfielder Wil Myers at No. 4, and right-hander Jake Odorizzi at No 92.
Keep the questions coming on twitter to @Royals_Report. Here is todays exchange:
@KCOracle: Isn't Mike Carp the type of left hand hitting outfielder the Royals should have instead of second utility infielder (Tejada)?
Lets say you preferred to keep two outfielders instead two utility infielders and wanted that extra outfielder to be a left-handed hitter even though youve already got Jarrod Dyson, a left-handed hitter, on the bench.
Youd still have to see Carp, who was designated for assignment by Seattle, as enough of an upgrade over David Lough, Endy Chavez and Luis Durango to warrant trading something to get him. You make the call.
@egilbert: what are the chances Brandon Wood impresses and makes the squad as a utility player?
Its hard to see that happening unless he has a productive spring and Mike Moustakas suffers an injury. Otherwise, I think Wood opens the season at Class AAA Omaha.
@sodpro: any idea how hard Noel Arguelles was throwing today? Heard that has been main problem after surgery.
I dont have a radar reading, and theyre somewhat rare this early in camp. Some clubs ban them altogether because they dont want guys trying to light up the gun in mid-February.
Can say this: He mixed speeds well and looked sharp, but his one-two-three inning came at the end of the game. The starters all left after three innings.
@daniel_winans: has colon looked impressive outside of the first intrasquad game?
In batting practice and basic fielding drills? Its hard to stand out in those good or bad. But the view among club officials is he took a real step last year and is viewed as a guy likely to play in the big leagues maybe not as a star but as a reliable part for many years.
@alhenton: your opinion, would greinke have stayed if sal perez was his catcher?
No. Greinke said back in 2010 that he believed the Royals were at least two years away from being competitive and that he wanted to win now. Viewed from today, he was right.
@85royal: Odds that either Hoch, Mendoza or Chen is traded before season starts?
Your guess is as good as mine, but if it does happen, its more likely to happen late in camp. The Royals dont want to trade a guy now, and that have a couple of injuries hit.
Theres a market for all three. How much of a return that market would generate is the key question, and its speculation at this point. The best chance for a deal is if another club suffers some injuries and thereby becomes willing to part with something of value.
@KCCCK94: Box scores for the inter squad games?
Not that Ive ever seen. Theyre hard to keep, too, because innings end based on pitch counts not necessarily three outs being recorded.
@ClintScoles: anyway to get a gun reading on Lamb tomorrow?
Will look around but refer to the Arguelles question above. Am not optimistic.
@jeff_fett: With the Royals wanting to win now, is Ned Yost on the hot seat if they dont start out well this year? How long is his leash?
Get asked this a lot, but its been a few days since I responded see no indication that Ned Yost (or Dayton Moore) is on the hot seat.
Is it possible things could get so bad that the club would have to take action? Of course. But I think it would have to be a total fiasco for the Royals to make a move prior to the end of the season.
@Egordz: Hey Bob, why do you like so pissed off in your picture? Thanks
Im told by friends and family thats its a very flattering picture. And theyre probably right.
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