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Here is the 2020 Royals spring training roster

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Put some names to those faces!

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The great things about living in a city that won a Super Bowl, aside from all the awesomeness of winning titles and celebrating, is the fact that it means that football season transitions perfectly to baseball season with very little down time. Just a little over a week after the Chiefs capped off their season by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, the Royals are in Arizona with their first full roster workout scheduled for tomorrow.

Who will be in camp? Well it will be largely the same players that made up last year’s squad, as the Royals had a very quiet winter. But there will be some interesting new faces, and Royals fans will particularly want to get a look at some of the younger players in big league camp for the first time.

The Royals begin camp with 29 position players and 39 pitchers in camp. Here’s a handy guide on who is looking to break north with the club near the end of March.

An asterisk (*) indicates the player is a non-roster invitee to spring training. (L) indicates left-handed hitter, (S) indicates switch-hitter. 2019 club does not include rehab assignments.

2020 Royals spring training roster - position players

No. Position Name Age 2019 Club Comments
No. Position Name Age 2019 Club Comments
2 SS Humberto Arteaga* 26 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Glove-first infielder spent 41 games with Royals last year.
77 2B Gabriel Cancel* 23 NW Arkansas (AA) Middle infielder with solid pop hit 18 HR last year, but lots of whiffs.
33 C Nick Dini* 26 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Offense-first catcher failed ot hit much in 20 games with Royals last year.
17 RF Hunter Dozier 28 KANSAS CITY Broke out last year to post the 24th-best wRC+ in the AL last year.
88 C Freddy Fermin* 24 Lexington (Low A)/NW Arkansas (AA) Showed some offense, but has always been a bit old for his level.
7 3B Maikel Franco 27 PHILADELPHIA/Lehigh Valley (AAA) Hit 88 HR over the last four seasons, but fell out of favor and was demoted last year.
36 C Cam Gallagher 27 KANSAS CITY Solid backup catcher with good framing skills, but not much bat.
4 LF Alex Gordon 36 KANSAS CITY Seven-time Gold Glove winner bounced back with the bat last year.
16 3B Kelvin Gutierrez 25 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Solid defender with a decent bat, trying to bounce back from a fractured toe last year.
75 SS Jeison Guzman (L) 21 Lexington (Low A) Great glove got him added to the 40-man roster, but bat still has a lot of development to go.
73 CF Nick Heath (L) 26 NW Arkansas (AA)/Omaha (AAA) Led all minor leaguers with 60 steals last year and can get on base.
76 CF Kyle Isbel* (L) 22 Wilmington (Hi A) Promising hitting prospect who lost most of last year to injuries.
24 OF Khalil Lee* (L) 21 NW Arkansas (AA) Top hitting prospect in the upper minors, stole 53 bases last year.
1 2B Nicky Lopez (L) 24 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Disappointing rookie campaign, but added weight in the off-season.
9 1B Ryan McBroom 27 Scranton-Wilkes-Barre (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Power hitter acquired from the Yankees late last year, could compete for 1B job.
26 IF/OF Erick Mejia* (S) 25 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Versatile utility player with speed, but not much of a threat with the bat.
70 C MJ Melendez* 21 Wilmington (Hi A) Power-hitting backstop with great defense, but had a very disappointing 2019.
79 2B Kevin Merrell* (L) 24 Midland (AA)/NW Arkansas (AA) Acquired from Oakland for Homer Bailey, shows good speed and could move to OF.
15 CF Whit Merrifield 31 KANSAS CITY Led the league in hits in each of the last two seasons, Royals All-Star rep in 2019.
27 SS Adalberto Mondesi (S) 24 KANSAS CITY Great power/speed combo but lost 60 games to injury last year.
66 1B Ryan O'Hearn (L) 26 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Impressed in a short stint in 2018, but was disappointing in 2019.
13 C Salvador Perez 29 Did not play Six-time All-Star missed all of last year following Tommy John surgery.
14 OF Brett Phillips (L) 25 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Outstanding defender but has struck out in 36% of MLB plate appearances.
19 IF Matt Reynolds* 29 Fresno (AAA) Veteran utility infielder with 127 career MLB games with Mets and Nats.
78 3B Emmanuel Rivera* 23 NW Arkansas (AA) Good tools, but but hasn't developed enough for a corner infielder.
69 C Sebastian Rivero* 21 Wilmington (Hi A)/Omaha (AAA) Considered a very solid defender, but the bat has yet to develop.
12 RF Jorge Soler 26 KANSAS CITY Led the American League with 48 home runs in a career season.
11 OF Bubba Starling 27 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Former first-round pick shows good defense, but not much bat in 56 games last year.
72 C Meibrys Viloria (L) 23 NW Arkansas (AA)/KANSAS CITY Heady defender with a decent left-handed bat, although didn't hit much in big leagues.

Royals 2020 spring training roster - pitchers

No. Throws Name Age 2019 Club Comments
No. Throws Name Age 2019 Club Comments
48 RHP Chance Adams 25 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA)/NY YANKEES Former Top 100 prospect with a good spin rate has a 8.18 ERA in 33 MLB innings
58 RHP Scott Barlow 27 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Led all returning Royals with 11.8 strikeouts-per-nine innings.
64 RHP Scott Blewett 23 NW Arkansas (AA)/Omaha (AAA) Former first-round pick had a rough go in the PCL and was demoted to Double-A.
50 LHP Kris Bubic* 22 Lexington (Low A)/Wilmington (Hi A) Led the minors in strikeouts and was named BA Royals Minor League Player of the Year.
41 LHP Danny Duffy 31 KANSAS CITY Longest-tenured Royals pitcher with 60 wins and 16 WAR.
49 RHP Heath Fillmyer* 25 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Started 16 games for the Royals the last two seasons, returned on a minor league deal.
81 RHP Ofreidy Gomez* 24 NW Arkansas (AA)/Omaha (AAA) Solid starter finished second on the Naturals in innings pitched and strikeouts.
62 RHP Conner Greene* 24 NW Arkansas (AA)/Omaha (AAA) Claimed off waivers from the Cardinals a year ago, high velocity but struggles with command.
60 LHP Foster Griffin 24 Omaha (AAA) Former first round pick was a top starter for Omaha last year.
32 RHP Jesse Hahn 30 KANSAS CITY Returned last September after missing nearly two seasons due to injury.
39 RHP Arnaldo Hernandez* 24 NW Arkansas (AA)/Omaha (AAA) Can throw in the mid-90s, but hasn't put up big strikeout numbers.
71 RHP Carlos Hernandez 22 Lexington (Low A) Underrated pitching prospect who missed most of last year to injury.
54 LHP Tim Hill 30 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Left-handed relief specialist has drawn trade interest.
35 RHP Greg Holland* 34 ARIZONA/Harrisburg (AA) Three-time All-Star returns to Royals after two rough seasons around MLB.
65 RHP Jakob Junis 27 KANSAS CITY Leads Royals with 61 starts and 18 wins over the last two seasons.
74 LHP Jake Kalish* 28 NW Arkansas (AA)/Omaha (AAA) Lefty with great command, but lack of strikeouts has hurt him at higher levels.
56 RHP Brad Keller 24 KANSAS CITY Led Royals pitchers with 2.6 WAR last year, former Rule 5 pick from Arizona.
31 RHP Ian Kennedy 35 KANSAS CITY Reinvnted himself as a closer, finishing fourth in the AL with 30 saves.
37 RHP Jackson Kowar* 23 Wilmington (Hi A)/NW Arkansas (AA) One of the top pitching prospects, struck out 144 in 148.1 innings last year.
28 RHP Jorge Lopez 27 KANSAS CITY Former Top 100 prospect has good stuff but it hasn't translated into results yet.
55 LHP Richard Lovelady 24 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Top relief pitching prospect suffered injuries and underwent knee surgery over the winter.
82 LHP Daniel Lynch* 23 Wilmington (Hi A) Missed over a month due to arm soreness but is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.
59 RHP Andres Machado* 26 Omaha (AAA) Pitched in two MLB games in 2017, had a 2.89 ERA in 74.2 IP for Omaha.
80 RHP Yunior Marte* 25 NW Arkansas (AA)/Omaha (AAA) Rubber-armed reliever was great in Double-A but struggled in Omaha.
61 RHP Kevin McCarthy 27 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Groundball specialist has 164 relief appearances in the last four seasons with the Royals.
21 LHP Mike Montgomery 30 CHI. CUBS/KANSAS CITY Groundball pitcher returns to the Royals to try to make it as a starter.
68 RHP Jake Newberry 25 Omaha (AAA) Posted a 3.77 ERA in 31 innings with the Royals last year with a solid K rate.
43 LHP Randy Rosasio 25 Iowa (AAA)/CHI. CUBS/KANSAS CITY Claimed off waivers from the Cubs late last year, has 65 career MLB appearances.
40 RHP Trevor Rosenthal* 29 WASHINGTON/Scranton-Wilkes-Barres (AAA)/Toledo (AAA)/DETROIT Former All-Star closer with the Cardinals has struggled since Tommy John surgery in 2017.
38 RHP Braden Shipley* 27 Reno (AAA) Former first-round pick pitched in 26 games with Arizona over three seasons.
51 RHP Brady Singer* 23 Wilmington (Hi A)/NW Arkansas (AA) Royals 2018 first-round pick with a chance to compete for a rotation spot.
53 LHP Eric Skoglund 27 NW Arkansas (AA)/Omaha (AAA) Missed the first half of 2019 with a PED suspension, returned with a 9.00 ERA in 21 IP.
57 RHP Glenn Sparkman 27 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Tossed the team's only CG shutout last year, but had a 6.02 ERA overall in 136 IP.
67 LHP Gabe Speier 24 NW Arkansas (AA)/Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Lefty specialist got in nine games with the Royals last year, acquired from Arizona in 2018.
63 RHP Josh Staumont 26 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Can throw in the high-90s but has typically struggled with command, but improved last year.
46 LHP Daniel Tillo* 23 Wilmington (Hi A)/NW Arkansas (AA) Impressed in the Arizona Fall League and for Team USA as a reliever.
52 RHP Stephen Woods, Jr. 24 Charlotte (Hi A) Selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Rays, missed all of 2018 with an injury.
45 RHP Kyle Zimmer 28 Omaha (AAA)/KANSAS CITY Former first-round pick was finally healthy last year but struggled with command.
83 RHP Tyler Zuber* 24 Wilmington (Hi A)/NW Arkansas (AA) Solid reliever prospect has racked up strikeouts at each stop in the minors.