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Royals Rumblings - News for January 9, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 9, 2019

The Royals announce 19 non-roster invitees to spring training, with pitchers and catchers reporting on February 12.

Included in the 19 invitees are 18 players that were in the Royals’ organization last season. Left-handed pitchers Foster Griffin (first round, 2014), Jake Kalish (32nd round, 2015), Richard Lovelady (10th round, 2016); right-handed pitchers Jason Adam (fifth round, 2010), Zach Lovvorn(sixth round, 2012); catchers Nick Dini (14th round, 2015), Xavier Fernandez (11th round, 2013), MJ Melendez (second round, 2017); infielders Nicky Lopez (fifth round, 2016), Frank Schwindel (18th round, 2013) and outfielder Bubba Starling (first round, 2011) were all drafted by the Royals. Right-handed pitcher Andres Machado, catcher Sebastian Rivero, infielders Humberto Arteaga, Samir Dueñez and Jecksson Flores and outfielder Elier Hernandez originally signed as international free agents. Right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa is new to the organization in 2019.

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report continues the countdown of Royals prospects with #66-70.

David Hollie cracks the list here as a bit of a personal favorite. Hollie’s rookie campaign in the Arizona League was nothing to write home about, but there’s something about the kid that I really like. Hollie didn’t turn 19 until after the season ended, and he’s huge for 19. The kid oozes athleticism, and while he’s going to be a project at the plate, don’t be surprised if he comes out and hits 15 total HR in 2019 either. There’s a ton of pop in the bat and I think there’s a chance he sticks in LF. Keep an eye on Hollie next summer.

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General manager Dayton Moore said he believes part of the solution to improving the bullpen will come from whomever doesn’t make the rotation -- perhaps someone like Jorge Lopez, Heath Fillmyer, Eric Skoglund or Glenn Sparkman transitions to the bullpen. The Royals re-signed Wily Peralta, who could close, but outside of Kevin McCarthy and Tim Hill, the Royals are a bit short on setup men. Look for Moore and his staff to find some free-agent bargains to help out.

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