Seven weeks from today, the Royals begin the 2017 regular season in Minnesota against the Twins. But who will be on the roster?
Before the spring training practices begin, before anyone gets hyped for being in “the best shape of his life”, before anyone gets hurt, before any fans get excited about home run totals in the dry air of Arizona, let’s make predictions on the Opening Day roster. Predict players on the disabled list. Think the Royals will make a trade or waiver claim before Opening Day? Are they really done signing free agents? Include it in your prediction!
Here are the players with a reasonable chance of making the Opening Day roster:
Catchers: Drew Butera, Brayan Pena, Salvador Perez
Infielders: Garin Cecchini, Christian Colon, Cheslor Cuthbert, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, Whit Merrifield, Raul Mondesi, Mike Moustakas
Outfielders: Jorge Bonifacio, Billy Burns, Lorenzo Cain, Hunter Dozier, Alex Gordon, Terrance Gore, Brandon Moss, Peter O’Brien, Paulo Orlando, Jorge Soler, Bubba Starling
Pitchers: Al Alburquerque, Scott Alexander, Miguel Almonte, Danny Duffy, Andrew Edwards, Brian Flynn, Jason Hammel, Kelvin Herrera, Nate Karns, Ian Kennedy, Brandon League, Seth Maness, Kevin McCarthy, Mike Minor, Bobby Parnell, Jonathan Sanchez, Joakim Soria, Josh Staumont, Matt Strahm, Eric Stout, Jason Vargas, Chris Withrow, Travis Wood, Chris Young, Kyle Zimmer
Give us your 25-man roster, and we’ll see if anyone nailed it with their powers of prognostication.