Today is the first day of spring training, a good time to make predictions on which 25 players will be introduced at Kauffman Stadium on Opening Day against the Chicago White Sox 44 days from now.
Much of the Royals starting lineup seems about set, but right field may still be up in the air. Jorge Bonifacio and Brett Phillips still have an option year remaining, which may work agains them, while Brian Goodwin and Terrance Gore do not. The fifth spot in the starting rotation is up for grabs with Heath Fillmyer and Jorge Lopez the most likely candidates, although a surprise candidate like Ben Lively, Trevor Oaks, or even veterans Homer Bailey or Jesse Hahn could impress with a strong spring. As for the bullpen, it is almost completely up for grabs save for maybe veterans Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger.
Here are the players currently in camp:
Catchers: Nick Dini*, Xavier Fernandez*, Cam Gallagher, M.J. Melendez*, Salvador Perez, Sebastian Rivero*, Meibrys Viloria
Infielders: Humberto Arteaga*, Hunter Dozier, Samir Duenez*, Jecksson Flores*, Kelvin Gutierrez, Nicky Lopez*, Erick Mejia*, Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi, Ryan O’Hearn, Frank Schwindel*
Outfielders: Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin, Alex Gordon, Terrance Gore, Billy Hamilton, Elier Hernandez*, Chris Owings, Brett Phillips, Jorge Soler, Bubba Starling*
Starting pitchers: Homer Bailey*, Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Danny Duffy, Heath Fillmyer, Jesse Hahn, Jakob Junis, Brad Keller, Ian Kennedy, Ben Lively, Jorge Lopez, Trevor Oaks
Relief pitchers: Jason Adam*, Brad Boxberger, Chris Ellis, Brian Flynn, Conner Greene, Foster Griffin*, Arnaldo Hernandez, Tim Hill, Jake Kalish*, Richard Lovelady, Zach Lovvorn*, Andres Machado*, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry, Wily Peralta, Glenn Sparkman, Josh Staumont, Michael Ynoa*, Kyle Zimmer
Suspended: Eric Skoglund
*-indicates not on the 40-man roster
Who is on your 25-man roster?