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Royals add four players to 40-man roster

Right-hander Andrew Edwards was one of four players added to the Royals’ 40-man roster Friday.
Right-hander Andrew Edwards was one of four players added to the Royals’ 40-man roster Friday. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The Royals on Friday purchased the contracts of pitchers Andrew Edwards and Jake Junis from Class AAA Omaha and catcher Cam Gallagher and first baseman Samir Duenez from Class AA Northwest Arkansas and added them to their 40-man roster, ahead of a 7 p.m. deadline to protect players ahead of the Rule 5 draft.

The moves left the Royals with 40 players on the major-league roster after left-hander Tim Collins elected to become a free agent instead of accepting an outright assignment to Omaha and catcher Tony Cruz was designated for assignment.

Junis, a 24-year-old right-hander, was a 29th-round pick in 2011 and was promoted to Class AAA Omaha in August and could project as a back-end-of-rotation starter.

Edwards, 25, is a hard-throwing right-hander who was selected in the 19th round out of Western Kentucky in 2011.

Duenez is a 20-year-old from Venezuela who reached Northwest Arkansas in 2016. He also played some left field in the minors and hit .284 with a .334 on-base percentage and 13 homers in 138 games last season.

Gallagher, 23, was the Royals’ second-round pick in 2011 and reached Northwest Arkansas last season after two seasons in Wilmington.

The Rule 5 draft is Dec. 8, on the final day of the winter meetings in National Harbor, Md.

The Royals’ 40-man roster already includes a number of their top prospects, including outfielders Jorge Bonifacio and Bubba Starling and right-hander Kyle Zimmer, who is recovering from a procedure to address thoracic outlet syndrome.

Among the highly regarded prospects who did not need protection: right-hander Josh Staumont, a second-round pick in 2015; first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, an eighth-round pick in 2014; Scott Blewett, a second-round pick in 2014; and left-hander Eric Skoglund, a third-round pick in 2014.

ROYALS’ 40-MAN ROSTER

Pitchers

54, Scott Alexander, LHP

50, Miguel Almonte, RHP

17, Wade Davis, RHP

41, Danny Duffy, LHP

33, Brian Flynn, LHP

40, Kelvin Herrera, RHP

31, Ian Kennedy, RHP

61, Kevin McCarthy, RHP

63, Alec Mills, RHP

66, Mike Minor, LHP

62, Brooks Pounders, RHP

48, Joakim Soria, RHP

64, Matt Strahm, LHP

51, Jason Vargas, LHP

30, Yordano Ventura, RHP

32, Chris Young, RHP

45, Kyle Zimmer, RHP

Andrew Edwards, RHP

Jake Junis, RHP

Infield/Outfield

9, Drew Butera

13, Salvador Perez

24, Christian Colon

19, Cheslor Cuthbert

60, Hunter Dozier

2, Alcides Escobar

35, Eric Hosmer

15, Whit Merrifield

27, Raul Mondesi

8, Mike Moustakas

62, Ramon Torres

38, Jorge Bonifacio

14, Billy Burns

6, Lorenzo Cain

1, Jarrod Dyson

4, Alex Gordon

0, Terrance Gore

16, Paulo Orlando

Bubba Starling

Cam Gallagher

Samir Duenez

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