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Royals release minor-league rosters: Bubba Starling to repeat Class A

Kansas City Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling will head to Class A Wilmington for the second straight season.
Kansas City Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling will head to Class A Wilmington for the second straight season. The Kansas City Star

The Royals finalized their minor-league rosters on Wednesday. You can find them all here.

A few assignments of interest:

1. As The Star reported as a possibility in February, Bubba Starling will repeat Class A Wilmington. Starling, the team’s No. 1 pick in 2011, hit .218/.304/.338 for the Blue Rocks last season.

2. Lane Adams will begin the season in Class AA Northwest Arkansas. Adams posted a .779 OPS for the Naturals in 2014 and earned a call-up to the majors in September. But the outfield in Class AAA Omaha is crowded, thanks to the offseason additions of Reymond Fuentes and Moises Sierra.

3. Brett Eibner, who smacked six homers in spring training, will be the other starting outfielder in Omaha.

4. The Northwest Arkansas roster is loaded with good pitching: Brandon Finnegan, Miguel Almonte, Sam Selman, Reid Redman and Glenn Sparkman, among others. Sean Manaea should join the Naturals’ rotation, once his oblique strain heals.

Here are the rosters:

CLASS AAA OMAHA

PITCHERS

1. Scott Alexander

2. Buddy Baumann

3. Christian Binford

4. Joe Blanton

5. Brian Broderick

6. Aaron Brooks

7. Casey Coleman

8. Louis Coleman

9. Chris Dwyer

10. Brian Flynn

11. Michael Mariot

12. Clayton Mortensen

13. Yohan Pino

CATCHERS

1. Francisco Pena

2. J.C. Boscan

INFIELDERS

1. Orlando Calixte

2. Cheslor Cuthbert

3. Matt Fields

4. Ryan Jackson

5. Whit Merrifield

6. Gabriel Noriega

OUTFIELDERS

1. Brett Eibner

2. Reymond Fuentes

3. Jose Martinez

4. Moises Sierra

CLASS AA NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

PITCHERS

1. Miguel Almonte

2. Malcolm Culver

3. Jonathan Dziedzic

4. Andy Ferguson

5. Brandon Finnegan

6. Aroni Nina

7. Mark Peterson

8. Reid Redman

9. Sam Selman

10. Glenn Sparkman

11. Daniel Stumpf

12. J.C. Sulbaran

13. Ali Williams

CATCHERS

1. Anderson De La Rosa

2. Santiago Nessy

INFIELDERS

1. Dusty Coleman

2. Hunter Dozier

3. Angel Franco

4. Balbino Fuenmayor

5. Alex Liddi

6. Raul Mondesi

OUTFIELDERS

1. Lane Adams

2. Mike Bianucci

3. Jorge Bonifacio

4. Terrance Gore

CLASS A WILMINGTON

PITCHERS

1. Matt Alvarez

2. Yender Caramo

3. Estarlin Cordero

4. Andrew Edwards

5. Luke Farrell

6. Nick Green

7. Jakob Junis

8. Alec Mills

9. Benino Pruneda

10. Cody Reed

11. Luis Rico

12. Eric Skoglund

13. Robinson Yambati

CATCHERS

1. Cameron Gallagher

2. Zane Evans

INFIELDERS

1. Kenny Diekroeger

2. Jack Lopez

3. Robert Pehl

4. Mauricio Ramos

5. Frank Schwindel

6. Ramon Torres

OUTFIELDERS

1. Logan Moon

2. Daniel Rockett

3. Dominique Taylor

4. Bubba Starling

CLASS A LEXINGTON

PITCHERS

1. Evan Beal

2. Torey Deshazier

3. Pedro Fernandez

4. Ashton Goudeau

5. Zach Lovvorn

6. Kevin McCarthy

7. Jake Newberry

8. Emilio Ogando

9. Corey Ray

10. Colin Rodgers

11. Niklas Stephenson

12. Matt Strahm

13. Matt Tenuta

CATCHERS

1. Chad Johnson

2. Kyle Pollock

INFIELDERS

1. Humberto Arteaga

2. Wander Franco

3. Carlos Garcia

4. Michael Hill

5. Ryan O’Hearn

6. Corey Toups

OUTFIELDERS

1. Brandon Downes

2. Samir Duenez

3. Alfredo Escalera

4. Elier Hernandez

FROM THE STAR

1. Lorenzo Cain: No. 3 hitter. True story.

2. Here is a column from Sam Mellinger about the Royals’ sudden appearance of power.

3. Ned Yost outlined how he intends to rest Alex Gordon in the coming weeks.

4. Yordano Ventura needs to hydrate.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

14.2 percent.

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