The offseason is progressing quickly and the KC Royals are looking towards spring training with their list of talented non-roster invites
Many KC Royals fans are likely still following the team’s neighbor, the KC Chiefs in the playoffs, but before too long it will be time put the focus back towards Kauffman Stadium and Royals baseball.
Pitchers and catchers will report for spring training on February 11 and Royals baseball will officially be underway. The team announced on Monday that they were inviting 26 non-roster players to spring training, including 14 pitchers, and 12 position players.
2020 spring training should be an interesting time for the Royals, and it will be one that fans will want to pay attention too. The Royals are in a bit of a limbo with many of their players and spring training might be the first chance fans get to see if who will be moving around the field, and who will be staying put for 2020.
As far as the non-roster invites go, some players already on the 40 man roster will have to ensure they show up and put up good production or they may find themselves without a spot on opening day. The Royals have a large group of talented young players that will be working hard to prove they are ready for Kauffman Stadium.
There are a few names on the list fans may remember from last season with the Royals or previous seasons with other teams. Matt Reynolds spent a few years in the New York Mets organization, and Trevor Rosenthal is a veteran pitcher and a once All-Star closer in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
The position players should be fun to watch. The Royals line up seems to be changing positions constantly, allowing for the possibility of a young player to swoop in and prove themselves sometime during the season.
The pitching battles might be what fans want to pay attention too, though. If Rosenthal can regain his form, he is likely to make the roster to help the seriously struggling bullpen. Some of the younger players might impress and find their way onto the crowded pitching roster as well.
Arnaldo Hernandez has been looking for his chance after first coming to the Royals organization in 2014 and many of the other players such as Kris Bubic, Daniel Lynch, etc. are all fighting to move their way to the top.
On top of that, it has been suggested that Brady Singer is likely to find his way into the lineup in 2020 and if he proves himself, he may on the roster sooner rather than later.
Of course, all remains to be seen and fans will have to wait until spring training to know what the future holds for many of these players. It should be a great start to the year as fans get to see what this young talented group of players can do, and what they could mean for the future of Royals baseball.