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Royals 2016 spring training roster breakdown

Here are the players that Royals manager Ned Yost will be watching at spring training.
Here are the players that Royals manager Ned Yost will be watching at spring training. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

ROYALS 40-MAN ROSTER

*Age on July 1, 2016

PITCHERS (18)

No. 54 — Scott Alexander, L/L, 6-2, 190, 26

A southpaw reliever, Alexander had a 2.56 ERA in 63  1/3 innings at Class AAA Omaha before getting a September callup.

No. 50 — Miguel Almonte, R/R, 6-2, 180, 23

One of the organization’s top young arms, Almonte made his big-league debut in September, posting a 6.23 ERA in 8  2/3 innings. His stuff would play in the bullpen, but he could have more value as a starter.

No. 55 — Tim Collins, L/L, 5-7, 170, 26

The left-handed reliever underwent Tommy John surgery last March and may not be ready to return until sometime in April or May.

No. 17 — Wade Davis, R/R, 6-5, 220, 30

His status as closer secured, Davis is perhaps the preeminent reliever in baseball, compiling a 0.97 ERA in 139  1/3 innings the last two years.

No. 41 — Danny Duffy, L/L, 6-3, 205, 27

Will Duffy start or head to the bullpen? Duffy struggled at times in 2015, recording a 4.08 ERA in 136  2/3 innings (4.35 ERA as a starter).

No. 33 — Brian Flynn, L/L, 6-7, 250, 26

Acquired before last season in a deal for Aaron Crow, Flynn missed nearly all of 2015 with a torn lat muscle.

No. 40 — Kelvin Herrera, R/R, 5-10, 200, 26

He couldn’t quite replicate his dominant 2014 form, but Herrera (2.71 ERA in 2015) is a mainstay in the Royals’ bullpen formula.

No. 44 — Luke Hochevar, R/R, 6-5, 225, 32

Returning from Tommy John surgery, Hochevar had a 3.73 ERA in 50  2/3 relief innings in 2015. Can he get back to his dominant 2014 version?

No. 31 — Ian Kennedy, R/R, 6-0, 200, 31

The recipient of a five-year, $70 million contract, Kennedy will try to eat innings and improve on his 4.28 ERA in 168  1/3 innings last season.

No. 39 — Kris Medlen, S/R, 5-10, 190, 30

Last year, Medlen returned from a second Tommy John surgery and helped out midseason. This year, he’ll vie for a rotation spot.

No. 63 — Alec Mills, R/R, 6-4, 185, 24

A former 22nd-round pick in 2012, the 6-foot-4 Mills recorded a 3.02 ERA in 21 starts at Class A-advanced Wilmington.

No. 48 — Joakim Soria, R/R, 6-3, 200, 32

Back with the Royals for the first time since 2012, Soria (and his 2.53 ERA in 2015) will join the bridge to closer Wade Davis.

No. 64 — Matthew Strahm, R/L, 6-4, 180, 24

A 21st-round pick in 2012, Strahm is a big-framed southpaw who graduated to Class A-advanced Wilmington last year.

No. 51 — Jason Vargas, L/L, 6-0, 215, 33

Tommy John surgery derailed Vargas’ 2015 season in late July. With no setbacks, he could be a candidate to return in the late summer.

No. 30 — Yordano Ventura, R/R, 6-0, 180, 25

Ventura didn’t respond well after assuming the role of opening-day starter. After a tumultuous 2015, he’ll try to settle in and anchor the rotation.

No. 36 — Edinson Volquez, R/R, 6-0, 220, 32

Volquez was rock-solid in his first year with the Royals (3.55 ERA in 200  1/3 innings); he enters the second year of a two-year, $20 million deal

No. 32 — Chris Young, R/R, 6-10, 255, 37

A bargain in the regular season and hero in October, Young re-signed for two years, $11.5 million. He could start or add depth in long relief.

No. 15 — Kyle Zimmer, R/R, 6-3, 215, 24

A long-time curiosity because of his talent, the former No. 5 overall pick threw 64 innings last season at two levels after shoulder soreness delayed his start.

CATCHERS (3)

No. 7 — Tony Cruz, R/R, 5-11, 215, 29

Acquired from St. Louis in an offseason trade, Cruz will battle for the backup catcher role but could be ticketed for Omaha.

No. 9 — Drew Butera, R/R, 6-1, 200, 32

Just months after cradling the World Series’ final strike, Butera will try to hold off Cruz in battle to be Salvador Perez’s backup.

No. 13 — Salvador Perez, R/R, 6-3, 240, 26

Perez, the World Series MVP, displayed more power in 2015 (21 homers) but his overall production (.706 OPS) has plateaued.

INFIELDERS (9)

No. 24 — Christian Colon, R/R, 5-10, 190, 27

After clutch moment in the World Series, Colon will duel with Omar Infante at second base. Colon has a .361 OBP with limited power in 168 career plate appearances.

No. 19 — Cheslor Cuthbert, R/R, 6-1, 190, 23

He debuted last season and filled in for Mike Moustakas at third base. He’ll battle for a bench role or head to Class AAA Omaha.

No. 2 — Alcides Escobar, R/R, 6-1, 185, 29

Esky Magic helped set the tone for a world championship, but the Royals will hope for more than a .257 batting average and .293 OBP.

No. 35 — Eric Hosmer, L/L, 6-4, 225, 26

At age 26, Hosmer is coming off his most well-rounded season and an iconic playoff moment. He’s just entering his prime years.

No. 14 — Omar Infante, R/R, 5-11, 195, 34

Infante had surgery in November to remove bone chips from his right elbow; he’ll try to reclaim second base after an anemic offensive year in 2015

No. 27 — Raul Mondesi — S/R, 6-1, 185, 20

After debut in World Series, Mondesi won’t turn 21 until July 27. He’s ticketed for minors but his top-prospect status remains secure.

No. 25 — Kendrys Morales, S/R, 6-1, 225, 33

Morales raked in 2015, stroking 22 homers and 41 doubles with an .847 OPS. Can he replicate the production again?

No. 8 — Mike Moustakas, L/R, 6-0, 215, 27

Moustakas turned his career around in 2015, earning All-Star honors while batting .284 with 22 homers. He’ll likely bat second or sixth in a deep lineup.

No. 62 — Ramon Torres, S/R, 5-10, 155, 23

A product of the Dominican, Torres has been lost in the shuffle in Royals’ system. He’s a switch-hitter who can handle all infield spots.

OUTFIELDERS (10)

No. 38 — Jorge Bonifacio, R/R, 6-1, 195, 23

The corner outfield prospect repeated Class AA Northwest Arkansas last year, batting .240 with 17 homers in 125 games.

No. 6 — Lorenzo Cain, R/R, 6-2, 205, 30

One of the best center fielders in baseball, Cain finished third in the AL MVP voting and fourth in the American League in Wins Above Replacement.

No. 1 — Jarrod Dyson, L/R, 5-10, 160, 31

Dyson appears slated for regular playing time in right field; his defense and base-running bolster his value as a player.

No. 26 — Brett Eibner, R/R, 6-3, 195, 27

A second-round pick in 2010, Eibner batted .303 with 17 homers in 103 games at Class AAA Omaha last season.

No. 34 — Reymond Fuentes, L/L, 6-0, 160, 25

Boston took Fuentes in the first round of the 2009 draft. He hit .308 with nine homers in 107 games at Class AAA Omaha.

No. 4 — Alex Gordon, L/R, 6-1, 220, 32

His signing was the high point of the Kansas City offseason. He’s also healthy after battling wrist and groin ailments last season.

No. 0 — Terrance Gore, R/R, 5-7, 165, 25

Get a good look at him down in Surprise: The pinch-running extraordinaire will likely be limited to another late-season cameo.

No. 66 — Jose Martinez, R/R, 6-7, 210, 27

Martinez lit up the Pacific Coast League last season, batting .382 with a .461 on-base percentage for Class AAA Omaha in 98 games.

No. 16 — Paulo Orlando, R/R, 6-2, 210, 30

A burner on the basepaths and defensive maven, Orlando could slot in as the Royals’ fourth outfielder and platoon with Dyson in right field.

No. 12 — Bubba Starling, R/R, 6-4, 180, 23

There was light in 2015. Starling batted .279 with a .337 OBP and 39 extra-base hits at Class AA Northwest Arkansas. Club officials view his defense as major-league ready.

NON-ROSTER INVITES

PITCHERS (9)

No. 72 — Christian Binford, R/R, 6-6, 220, 23

A steady, mid-tier prospect, Binford was knocked around a bit in 2015 — he had a 5.22 ERA in 119 innings at Class AA and Class AAA.

No. 73 — Jonathan Dziedzic, R/L, 6-0, 165, 25

A 13th-round pick in 2013, the left-handed Dziedzic had a 3.12 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 138  1/3 innings at Class AA Northwest Arkansas.

No. 53 — Dillon Gee, R/R, 6-1, 205, 30

A former starter with the Mets, Gee could earn a spot in the Royals’ bullpen with a strong spring. He also adds depth to rotation picture.

No. 59 — David Huff, S/L, 6-1, 210, 31

A veteran left-hander, Huff spent most of the 2015 season with the Dodgers’ Class AAA affiliate.

No. 37 — John Lannan, L/L, 6-4, 235, 31

A former starter in the Nationals’ organization, Lannan toiled with Colorado’s Class AAA affiliate in 2015 (5.39 ERA in 152 innings).

No. 79 — Aroni Nina, R/R, 6-4, 180, 26

A lithe right-hander from the Dominican, Nina pitched at Class AA Northwest Arkansas last season.

No. 75 — Brooks Pounders, R/R, 6-4, 270, 25

Owner of one of baseball’s great names, the big-framed right-hander shined in a small sample at Class AA Northwest Arkansas last season.

No. 68 — Sam Selman, R/L, 6-3, 195, 25

A second-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2012, Selman had a 5.27 ERA and struggled with command as a reliever at Class AA Northwest Arkansas

No. 67 — Chien-Ming Wang, R/R, 6-4, 225, 36

A former starter with the Yankees, Wang hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2013. He bounced around organizations (Atlanta to Seattle) in 2015.

CATCHERS (3)

No. 78 — Zane Evans, R/R, 6-2, 210, 24

A fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2013, Evans managed a .665 OPS at Class AA Northwest Arkansas last season.

No. 70 — Cam Gallagher, R/R, 6-3, 210, 23

A second-round pick in 2011, Gallagher repeated Class A-advanced Wilmington in 2015, hitting .245 in 77 games.

No. 71 — Parker Morin, L/R, 5-11, 195, 24

The left-handed hitting Morin hit .309 in 56 games for Class AA Northwest Arkansas last season.

INFIELDERS (4)

No. 61 — Orlando Calixte, R/R, 5-11, 160, 24

A Dominican product, Calixte spent 2015 at Class AAA Omaha and had a cup of coffee in Kansas City.

No. 43 — Dusty Coleman, R/R, 6-2, 205, 29

The journeyman infielder is back after a brief stop in the big leagues last season.

No. 46 — Cody Decker, R/R, 5-11, 225, 29

A first baseman who came up in the Padres organization, Decker is expected to provide depth at Class AAA Omaha.

No. 60 — Hunter Dozier, R/R, 6-4, 220, 24

A toolsy prospect with upside, the former first-round pick hit .213 while repeating Class AA Northwest Arkansas in 2015

OUTFIELDERS (2)

No. 65 — Whit Merrifield, R/R, 6-1, 175, 27

A former ninth-round pick in 2010, Merrifield has steadily climbed the ladder, hitting .265 in 135 games at Class AAA Omaha.

Travis Snider, L/L, 6-0, 235, 28

A former top prospect in Toronto, Snider is just two years removed from posting a .776 OPS in 140 games for the Pirates.

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