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Royals set 2021 Opening Day roster

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The 26 players that will be active today.

Chicago White Sox v Kansas City Royals Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Royals set their 26-man roster for today’s season opener against the Texas Rangers. The team added outfielder Kyle Isbel and pitcher Jake Brentz to the roster today, designating catcher Meibrys Viloria and pitcher Scott Blewett for assignment.

Just ten players from last year’s Opening Day roster are on this year’s Opening Day roster, although several players missed last year’s opener due to positive COVID-19 tests. Isbel and Brentz are the only two players on the roster with no big league experience.

Catchers (2): Cam Gallagher, Salvador Pérez

Infielders (6): Hanser Alberto, Hunter Dozier, Nicky Lopez, Ryan McBroom, Whit Merrifield, Carlos Santana

Outfielders (5): Andrew Benintendi, Jarrod Dyson, Kyle Isbel, Jorge Soler, Michael Taylor

Starting pitchers (4): Danny Duffy, Brad Keller, Mike Minor, Brady Singer

Relief pitchers (9): Scott Barlow, Jake Brentz, Wade Davis, Jesse Hahn, Carlos Hernández, Greg Holland, Jakob Junis, Josh Staumont, Kyle Zimmer

Injured List (1): Adalberto Mondesi

Mondesi was placed on the Injured List yesterday after suffering a right oblique injury in Monday’s spring training finale, and is expected to miss at least 2-3 weeks.

The average age of the Opening Day roster is 29 years, 235 days. So this is not a particularly young roster. But it is a more veteran-laden roster, with players who have performed at the big league level before.

Royals 2021 Opening Day roster

Number Position Player Age 2020 Club
Number Position Player Age 2020 Club
49 IF Alberto, Hanser 28.166 Baltimore Orioles
58 RHP Barlow, Scott 28.104 Kansas City Royals
16 OF Benintendi, Andrew 26.268 Boston Red Sox
59 LHP Brentz, Jake 26.199 None
71 RHP Davis, Wade 35.206 Colorado Rockies
17 3B Dozier, Hunter 29.222 Kansas City Royals
30 LHP Duffy, Danny 32.101 Kansas City Royals
1 OF Dyson, Jarrod 36.229 Pittsburgh Pirates/Chicago White Sox
36 C Gallagher, Cam 28.116 Kansas City Royals
32 RHP Hahn, Jesse 31.245 Kansas City Royals
43 RHP Hernandez, Carlos 24.021 Kansas City Royals
35 RHP Holland, Greg 35.132 Kansas City Royals
28 OF Isbel, Kyle 24.029 None
24 RHP Junis, Jakob 28.197 Kansas City Royals
56 RHP Keller, Brad 25.248 Kansas City Royals
8 2B/SS Lopez, Nicky 26.019 Kansas City Royals
9 1B/OF McBroom, Ryan 28.357 Kansas City Royals
15 2B/OF Merrifield, Whit 32.067 Kansas City Royals
23 LHP Minor, Mike 33.096 Texas Rangers/Oakland Athletics
13 C Perez, Salvador 30.326 Kansas City Royals
41 1B Santana, Carlos 34.358 Cleveland Indians
51 RHP Singer, Brady 24.240 Kansas City Royals
12 OF Soler, Jorge 29.035 Kansas City Royals
63 RHP Staumont, Josh 27.101 Kansas City Royals
2 OF Taylor, Michael 30.006 Washington Nationals
45 RHP Zimmer, Kyle 29.200 Kansas City Royals