Kansas City Royals Winter League Check In
By David Hill
Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Moving on to the Venezuelan Winter League, the Kansas City Royals have eight different players who have received playing time thus far. Jeckson Flores has had only two hitless at bats, and Angelo Castellano had three hits, with two runs scored, in his 17 at bats. Carlos Garcia has seen a bit more playing time, with four hits in 21 at bats, but he has managed to score eight runs.
However, a few other players have broken into the lineup on a somewhat regular basis. Middle infielder Humberto Arteaga has appeared in approximately half of the Navegantes del Magallanes, and has produced a .235/.274/.309 batting line, hitting two doubles and a home run while scoring eleven runs.
Lane Adams, who has essentially been in AA limbo in the Royals organization, has preformed well for the Aguilas de Zulia. He has produced a solid .273/.314/.485 batting line with eight doubles, and is tied for second on the team with three home runs. If this production can carry over into Spring Training, Adams may be able to force his way into the conversation as a bench option for the Royals this season.
Speaking of production carrying over, the newly minted batting average king of the Pacific Coast League has not slowed down. Playing virtually every game for the Tiburones de La Guaria, Jose Martinez has produced an excellent .322/.389/.490 batting line, hitting ten doubles, three triples and three home runs. He certainly seems primed to build off of his career year in Omaha, and look to make a mark on the Royals going forward.
The Royals also have two pitchers who have received limited action in the Venezuelan Winter League. Yender Caramo was pummeled in his one outing, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits while recording only two outs. Luis Rico has not fared much better, allowing three runs on four hits and five walks in 3.1 innings, striking out three.
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