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Royals send prospects Raul Mondesi, Bubba Starling, 10 others to minor-league camp

Kansas City Royals center fielder Bubba Starling hit a single against the Cleveland Indians on March 12 at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz.
Kansas City Royals center fielder Bubba Starling hit a single against the Cleveland Indians on March 12 at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

The Royals trimmed 12 players from big-league camp on Wednesday morning, bidding farewell to a dozen minor-leaguers.

Kansas City optioned outfielders Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio, pitcher Aaron Brooks and infielder Orlando Calixte to Class AAA Omaha.

Assigned to minor-league camp were pitchers Buddy Baumann, Brian Broderick, Casey Coleman and Joe Paterson; third baseman Hunter Dozier; first baseman Matt Fields; shortstop Raul Mondesi; and outfielder Bubba Starling.

There are now 46 players left in camp.

Mondesi is the team’s top position-player prospect, but it was another infielder who impressed Yost the most.

“Mondesi did a great job,” Yost said. “But the guy who really caught my eye was Calixte.”

Calixte hit .385 with a 1.154 on-base plus slugging percentage. He contributed three doubles and a triple in 10 games.

Starling overcame a bumpy start to hit .286 in seven games.

“I thought Bubba did great,” Yost said. “You saw Bubba get better and better and better each day.”

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