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Here is your Royals spring training roster

It is made up almost entirely by baseball players.

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If you need something to warm your soul, just know that in a few days, young men in Royals uniforms will be tossing the ball around in sunny Arizona. Royals pitchers and catchers will officially report on tomorrow, February 12 with their first full workout the next day. The full squad reports on February 17 with the first workout the next day. The first spring training game will be on February 23 against the Rangers.

The Royals will have at least 28 position players and 33 pitchers report to spring training, with the potential for more players to be added to camp. Here is your 2019 Royals spring training roster.

An asterisk (*) indicates the player is a non-roster invitee to spring training.

Royals position players

No. Position Name DOB 2018 Club Comments
No. Position Name DOB 2018 Club Comments
1 IF Humberto Arteaga* 1/23/1994 Omaha (AAA) Slick fielder came around with the bat last year, could be utility infielder
38 RF Jorge Bonifacio 6/4/1993 Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY Struggled after returning from his suspension for PEDs
71 C Nick Dini* 7/27/1993 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) Extra catcher to have in camp, should be in Omaha this year
17 3B Hunter Dozier 8/22/1991 Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY Hit .267/.297/.524 over his final 27 games
67 1B Samir Duenez* 6/11/1996 Northwest Arkansas (AA) Athletic young 1B has hit, but needs to work on plate discipline
76 C Xavier Fernandez* 7/15/1995 Wilmington (A), Northwest Arkansas (AA) Catcher has shown some offensive skills in the low minors
47 IF/OF Jecksson Flores* 10/28/1993 Northwest Arkansas (AA) Won the Texas League batting title as a versatile player
36 C Cam Gallagher 12/6/1992 Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY Expected to be the backup catcher to Salvy
25 OF Brian Goodwin 11/2/1990 Harrisburg (AAA), Omaha (AAA), WASHINGTON, KANSAS CITY Versatile outfielder was hit with injuries last year
4 LF Alex Gordon 2/10/1984 KANSAS CITY Still shows off a great arm, winning his sixth Gold Glove last year
0 LF Terrance Gore 6/8/1991 Omaha (AAA), Iowa (AAA), CHICAGO CUBS Pinch-running specialist has 32 steals in 72 MLB games
75 3B Kelvin Gutierrez 8/28/1994 Harrisburg (AA), Northwest Arkansas (AA) Slick-fielder acquired from the Nationals for Kelvin Herrera
6 CF Billy Hamilton 9/9/1990 CINCINNATI Switch-hitter has 264 steals over the last five years, most in baseball
37 OF Elier Hernandez* 11/21/1994 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) Big bonus signee out of Dominican, but bat hasn't come around
9 IF Nicky Lopez* 3/13/1995 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) One of the hardest hitters to strike out in the minors
79 IF/OF Erick Mejia* 11/9/1994 Northwest Arkansas (AA) Acquired from the Dodgers last year, bat took a step back
70 C M.J. Melendez* 11/29/1998 Lexington (A) One of the top prospects in the system, slammed 19 home runs
15 2B Whit Merrifield 1/24/1989 KANSAS CITY Led the Majors in both hits (192) and steals (45)
27 SS Adalberto Mondesí 7/27/1995 Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY Finished 8th in the Majors in steals in just 75 games
66 1B Ryan O'Hearn 7/26/1993 Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY 11th in AL in OPS (.932) after August 1
2 IF/OF Chris Owings 8/12/1991 ARIZONA Former first-round pick led the NL in triples in 2016
13 C Salvador Perez 5/10/1990 KANSAS CITY Six-time All-Star won his fifth Gold Glove last year
14 RF Brett Phillips* 5/30/1994 Colorado Springs (AAA), MILWAUKEE, KANSAS CITY Promising outfielder struggled with a high strikeout rate
78 C Sebastian Rivero 11/16/1998 Lexington (A) Excellent defender, but bat needs to come around
12 RF Jorge Soler 2/25/1992 Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY Promising .820 OPS, but limited to 61 games due to injury
69 1B Frank Schwindel* 6/29/1992 Omaha (AAA) Terrific power and improved his low walk rate last year
11 CF Bubba Starling* 8/3/1992 Omaha (AAA) Former first-round pick missed nearly all of last year with injuries
72 C Meibrys Viloria 2/15/1997 Wilmington (A), KANSAS CITY Showed impressive defense in the Arizona Fall League

Royals pitchers

No. Throws Name DOB 2018 Club Comments
No. Throws Name DOB 2018 Club Comments
50 RHP Jason Adam* 8/4/1991 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY Returned to the Royals with a mid-90s fastball, but struggled with home runs
RHP Homer Bailey* 5/3/1986 CINCINNATI Solid starter with the Reds in 2012-2013, but injuries have derailed his career
58 RHP Scott Barlow 12/18/1992 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Barlow had a high ERA, but an impressive strikeout rate in limited action in AAA
64 RHP Scott Blewett 4/19/1996 Northwest Arkansas (AA) Former second-round pick fared well in the Arizona Fall League last year
26 RHP Brad Boxberger 5/27/1988 ARIZONA Picked up 32 saves with the Diamondbacks last year, but struggled with control
41 LHP Danny Duffy 12/21/1988 KANSAS CITY Ace of the staff missed the final six weeks with a shoulder impingement
51 RHP Chris Ellis 9/22/1992 Springfield (AA), Memphis (AAA) 26-year old from the Cardinals organization was acquired in the Rule 5 draft
49 RHP Heath Fillmyer 5/16/1994 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Held his own with a 4.26 ERA in 82 1/3 innings, but poor peripherals
33 LHP Brian Flynn 4/19/1990 KANSAS CITY Versatile longman had a 4.04 ERA in 75 2/3 innings
62 RHP Conner Greene 4/4/1995 Springfield (AA), Memphis (AAA) Fireballer with a high-90s fastball was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals
73 LHP Foster Griffin* 7/27/1995 Northwest Arkansas (AA) Former first-round pick took a step back in AA last year
32 RHP Jesse Hahn 7/30/1989 KANSAS CITY (Disabled List) Missed all of last year with a UCL injury and may be doubtful for the start
39 RHP Arnaldo Hernandez 2/9/1996 Wilmington (A), Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) Stuff plays better than results, showed a velocity increase last year
54 LHP Tim Hill 2/10/1990 KANSAS CITY Situational sidearming lefty led the team in relief appearances last year with 70
65 RHP Jakob Junis 9/16/1992 KANSAS CITY Only Royals pitcher to qualify for ERA title, finished 21st in AL
74 LHP Jake Kalish* 7/9/1991 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) Impressive K-BB ratio last year, but time is ticking for the 27-year old lefty
56 RHP Brad Keller 7/27/1995 KANSAS CITY Rule 5 pick wowed, finishing third among all rookie pitchers in fWAR
31 RHP Ian Kennedy 12/19/1984 KANSAS CITY Oblique injury limited him to 22 starts last year, lowest in his career since 2009
48 RHP Ben Lively 3/5/1992 Lehigh Valley (AAA), PHILADELPHIA, KANSAS CITY Claimed off waivers from Philly late in the year, made 15 MLB starts in 2017
28 RHP Jorge Lopez 2/10/1993 Colorado Springs (AAA), MILWAUKEE, KANSAS CITY Nearly tossed a perfect game after being acquired for Mike Moustakas
46 LHP Richard Lovelady* 7/7/1995 Omaha (AAA) Considered the best pitching prospect in the upper minors
40 RHP Zach Lovvorn* 5/26/1994 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) Low strikeout rate led to a high ERA in AA and AAA last year
59 RHP Andres Machado* 4/22/1993 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) Hammered in AAA last year, but fared better after a demotion to AA
61 RHP Kevin McCarthy 2/22/1992 Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY Became a dependable arm in the pen with a 3.25 ERA despite a low K rate
52 RHP Sam McWilliams 9/4/1995 Charlotte (A), Visalia (A), Montgomery (AA) 6'7'' right-hander acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Rule 5 draft
68 RHP Jake Newberry 11/20/1994 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY Followed up a terrific minor league season with a handful of MLB relief innings
34 RHP Trevor Oaks 3/26/1993 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Pacific Coast League All-Star with a 3.23 ERA in 22 starts for Omaha
43 RHP Wily Peralta 5/8/1989 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Didn't make the team initially, but ended as the closer going 14-of-14 in save opportunities
53 LHP Eric Skoglund 10/26/1992 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY Will miss the first 80 games after a suspension for PEDs
57 RHP Glenn Sparkman 5/11/1992 Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA), KANSAS CITY 26-year old had a 4.46 ERA in 38 1/3 innings with the Royals
63 RHP Josh Staumont 12/21/1993 Omaha (AAA) Fireballer with a 100 mph fastball struggles with control, but improved last year
60 RHP Michael Ynoa* 9/24/1991 Did not play Former top prospect with the A's spent a few innings with the White Sox in 2017
45 RHP Kyle Zimmer 9/13/1991 Did not play Former first-round pick hoping for comeback after injury-ravaged career