With two weeks left in spring training it is good to see the Royals thinning out the roster. It's time to start focusing on the season, stretching out some arms and getting more at bats for the roster players. Looking at the lineups for yesterday and today it seems Ned Yost is starting to focus on a couple of topics. While he has been trying many alternatives as a leadoff hitter, now that the roster in trimmed, it seems he's sharpening his focus. While he has tried Getz, Blanco, Aviles and others, last night it was Jarrod Dyson who unleashed his own speedy brand of havoc on the Mariners. Today it is Aviles. It's good to see Yost focusing on what I consider a critical spot in the order.
He also had quickly moved Gordon into the 5 hole once he went on a tear. Boy it would be nice to see Gordon carry anything close to his spring numbers into the regular season.
Yost also seems to be giving equal opportunity to the three catchers left in camp. We pretty much have a three man rotation going there.
A couple of days ago I thought Zawadski had a shot at the 2B job since Getz wasn't hitting and has options left but Getz is picking it up a little, started last night and is starting again tonight.
The biggest thing that jumps out at me though is Lorenzo Cain in right field last night and again tonight. It seems that Jeff Francouer's .120 something dismal BA has raised some eyebrows in the Royals think tank. Could they be considering starting Frenchy on the bench with Cain in right or could that be they be seeing how Cain handles the position for a possible early season move if Frenchy continues to struggle.
The next two weeks will be interesting. My fear is that it will come down to the usual game of options and 40 man roster status that dictates. I just hate seeing roster spots being given to players who don't deserve them because they're out of options and sending players down because they're not on the 40 man when they deserve a shot. One thing is certain though - We will have to live with the consequences.