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The Royals roster appears to be pretty much set, but that does not mean they are without questions.
The Kansas City Royals are coming into Spring Training in the somewhat enviable position of having almost their entire lineup set. Barring injury, we all know who the starting lineup, the rotation and most of the bullpen will comprise of.
Right now, the biggest battles of the Spring may be for the Royals backup catcher position and the final spot in the bullpen. While the backup catcher, be it Erik Kratz or Francisco Pena, may see all of 80 plate appearances given Salvador Perez‘s workload, that final piece to the bullpen could be quite vital. Luke Hochevar is not a given in his return from Tommy John surgery, and Tim Collins struggled last season. That final spot int he bullpen may be a key pitcher over the course of the year.
In regards to which rookie has the best chance to make an impact, that would go to Christian Colon. Although he had 49 plate appearances last season, Colon has still retained rookie status. With the questions surrounding Omar Infante‘s health, and Mike Moustakas‘s production, Colon could get regular playing time, making him the easy choice.
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