Yost is pleased so far with pitchers' command

Undoubtedly, Royals manager Ned Yost would like to see his pitching staff cut down on the number of walks issued this season.

In 2012, the Royals were 12th in the American League in walks allowed (542), ahead of only the Indians and Blue Jays.

It’s still early in spring training, but Yost is happy with the progress he’s seen from his team.

“That’s something you work into,” Yost said Tuesday before the Royals spring-training game against the A’s in Surprise, Ariz. “When you don’t throw a baseball a baseball all year in a competitive situation, it takes time to tweak your mechanics to the point where you find your release point where you consistently throw strikes.

“Our guys have done a really, really good job of that this year and it’s going to be really key going into the season. Spring training is spring training and you build in an allotment for guys struggling with command a little bit early. But you would like to see it tighten up toward the end of spring training, but our command has been quite frankly excellent from the majority of the guys from the beginning of spring training to this point.”

| Pete Grathoff, pgrathoff@kcstar.com