KANSAS CITY ROYALS 2012
For 2011 Opening Day roster, click HERE. For End-of-Season roster, click HERE.
*Players on the 40-man roster: BOLD.
*Players who are injured: +
*Players who are Out of Options: ##
*Baseball America '12 pre-season prospect rankings: BLUE.
*Baseball Prospectus '12 pre-season prospect rankings: GREEN.
•Omaha (AAA)/ Northwest Arkansas (AA)
•Wilmington (Hi-A)/ Kane County (Lo-A)/ Rookie Levels
'MLBDepthCharts Magazine' includes this roster projection feature but includes additional info, such as player age, 2011 level and stats, 2012 salary and contract info in an easy-to-read, printer-friendly pdf file and excel spreadsheet.
*40-man roster total (39)
*Projected 2012 Payroll: est. $60,000,000 according to MLBDC Magazine
OPENING DAY ROSTER (*indicates left-handed batter **indicates switch-hitter)
Starting Lineup (Click HERE to see last 7 lineups)
1 LF Alex Gordon*
2 CF Lorenzo Cain
3 1B Eric Hosmer*
4 DH Billy Butler
5 RF Jeff Francoeur
6 2B Yuniesky Betancourt
7 3B Mike Moustakas*
8 C Humberto Quintero
9 SS Alcides Escobar
C Brayan Peña** ##
2B/OF Jason Bourgeois
IF Chris Getz*
OF Mitch Maier* ##
1 LHP Bruce Chen
2 RHP Luke Hochevar ##
3 LHP Jonathan Sanchez
4 RHP Luis Mendoza ##
5 LHP Danny Duffy
CL RHP Jonathan Broxton
SU RHP Greg Holland
SU LHP Tim Collins
MID RHP Aaron Crow
MID RHP Kelvin Herrera BA#7 BP#9
MID LHP Jose Mijares ##
LR LHP Everett Teaford BA#26
Projected Disabled List
C Salvador Perez + UPDATE 3/20 - placed on 60-Day DL (surgery to repair lateral meniscus tear in knee); likely out 12-14 weeks
C Manny Pina + UPDATE 3/20 - placed on 60-Day DL (knee injury)
RHP Felipe Paulino + UPDATE 4/4 - placed on 15-Day DL, retroactive to March 26th (elbow soreness)
RHP Joakim Soria + UPDATE 4/4 - placed on 15-Day DL, retroactive to March 26th (Tommy John surgery)
RHP Blake Wood + UPDATE 4/4 - placed on 15-Day DL, retroactive to March 26th (elbow soreness)
Optioned to Minors
OF David Lough* BA#30 BP#16
OF Derrick Robinson**
RHP Nathan Adcock
RHP Louis Coleman
RHP Jeremy Jeffress BA#13
RHP Vin Mazzaro
LHP Noel Arguelles BA#17 BP#17
LHP Ryan VerdugoMajor League Free Agents
C Jason Kendall
LHP Jeff Francis (1/25: signed w/CIN)
LHP Aaron Laffey (12/30: signed w/TOR)
Minor League Free Agents
IF Joaquin Arias (12/15: signed w/SF)
RHP Edgar Garcia
RHP Willy Lebron (1/13: signed w/CLE)
RHP Jeff Suppan (2/8: signed w/CLE)
RHP Robinson Tejeda (1/3: signed w/CLE)
Lost off Waivers/Traded
IF Jeff Bianchi UPDATE 12/9 - lost off waivers to Cubs
IF/OF Yamaico Navarro UPDATE 12/7 - traded to Pirates
OF Melky Cabrera** UPDATE 11/7 - traded to Giants
OF Greg Golson UPDATE 3/25 - traded to White Sox
LHP Cesar Cabral UPDATE 12/8 - drafted from Red Sox (Rule V); traded to Yankees
LHP Kevin Chapman BA#18 BP#19 UPDATE 3/20 - traded to Astros
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
OFFSEASON PREVIEW posted 9/10/2011
This season, Royals fans experienced the much-anticipated arrival of top hitting prospects Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, as well as Johnny Giavotella and Salvador Perez. In 2012, the crop of impressive left-handed pitching prospects was to follow. But John Lamb, who may be the best of the group, underwent Tommy John surgery in June and can't be counted on until 2013. Chris Dwyer and Mike Montgomery had seasons that were less than impressive, although both still have tremendous upside and will be in the mix for a rotation spot next spring. Danny Duffy, who had quit baseball in the spring of 2010, returned to the organization and made it to the big leagues in May. His 5.64 ERA shows that he wasn't quite ready but he should be much better next season with 20 big league starts under his belt.
The lineup appears to be in good shape, with Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera, Billy Butler, Hosmer, and Jeff Francoeur (aka - the team's 1-thru-5 hitters) all having very good seasons. Moustakas (.566 OPS in 75 games) and Giovatella (.605 OPS in 34 games) have struggled in their rookie seasons but they've been productive minor league hitters and are expected to figure things out eventually. Shortsop Alcides Escobar has also struggled in his first season in Kansas City but his defense has kept him in the lineup. Yamaico Navarro could compete for a starting job at 2B, SS, or 3B, but might fit better in a utility role. Perez, who was ranked as the #17 prospect in the organization by Baseball America coming into the season, is one of the better overall catchers to debut in the majors in some time. Lorenzo Cain is a major league ready center fielder who is blocked by Cabrera, Francoeur, and Gordon, but the surplus could set up the Royals to trade for some help in another area.
Aaron Crow: Successful starter in 2012?
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As good as the lineup may be, the starting rotation remains a weakness and will be a huge question mark going into the offseason. Bruce Chen and Jeff Francis, both free agents after the season, have had decent seasons and are candidates to be re-signed. Luke Hochevar, who will likely surpass 200 innings for the first time in his career, still isn't a true 'ace' but he has improved and has a 3.56 ERA since the All-Star break. Felipe Paulino, with his 95 mph fastball, has probably shown enough to be in the mix for a rotation spot while Aaron Crow is expected to start after a solid rookie season out of the 'pen. Montgomery is also likely to get a shot at some point in 2012, if not out of Spring Training. While there are plenty of back-of-the-rotation options, it will be interesting to see how aggressive the Royals will be in pursuing a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher. If they feel they can compete next season, I wouldn't be surprised to see them spend money or deal prospects to make it happen.
Moving Crow to the rotation might not have been an option if not for the emergence of relievers Louis Coleman (2.67 ERA, 9.50 K/9, 11 Hld) and Greg Holland (1.83 ERA, 10.33 K/9, 16 Hld), who have each had terrific seasons. Along with lefty Tim Collins and possibly Kelvin Herrera, who is their top relief prospect, the Royals shouldn't have much of a problem getting the lead to closer Joakim Soria.
UPDATE 11/7 - The team traded from a position of strength to acquire a starting pitcher. Cabrera was traded to San Francisco for Jonathan Sanchez and minor league pitcher Ryan Verdugo. Cain immediately lands in the projected lineup and Sanchez could be a #1 or #2 starter on the current staff. Starting pitching remains a top priority for the Royals.
UPDATE 11/23 - Chen has agreed to a two-year deal so he'll join Sanchez and Hochevar in the rotation with numerous candidates set to battle for the last two. It's too early to count out another starting pitcher acquisition.
UPDATE 11/29 - Former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton has agreed to a one-year deal, giving them an experienced closer in case they choose to trade Soria or possibly move him to the rotation.
Offseason Needs: Middle Infield depth
Potential Position Battles: Getz vs Giovatella (2B)