Spring training is in full swing, and so are roster moves. The KC Royals made several option-related moves on Saturday afternoon.
The KC Royals’ spring training is unfolding so quickly that the team is already making roster moves. Because minor league camp is beginning and there’s a need for players to see consistent time on the field, the team optioned several arms and sent a few to MiLB camp, per MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan:
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, especially for the likes of Greene, Kowar and Lynch. While it’s entirely possible that Kowar and/or Lynch joins the MLB squad later in the season, playing time is far and away the most important thing relative to their development. The more innings they log, the more likely they’re ready for a major league workload. Greene, a 24-year-old, is also in desperate need of additional innings.
Greene tossed just a third of an inning this spring, allowing a run. Kowar surrendered a pair of earned runs and an unearned run in 3.1 innings. Lynch walked three, struck out three and allowed one run in 2.2 innings.
Blewett and Hernández both struggled this spring, with Blewett allowing four runs in three innings (12.00 ERA) and Hernández surrendering three in 1.1 innings (20.25 ERA). Participating in spring training is always a positive, but they need more seasoning before advancing any further.
Expect additional moves to be made in the next few days and into the next week or two. With Opening Day getting closer and closer, the Royals will have to cut their roster down to fit MLB standards. With minor league camp in full swing, there will be ample room for prospects and the like to be optioned.
We’re just 19 days away from regular season KC Royals baseball. It’ll be here before you know it.