Spring Training is now only two weeks (and just a touch more) away for the Kansas City Royals. The February 11th reporting date is one of the earliest in the team’s history, but it isn’t a moment too soon as the Royals have quite a few pitchers and catchers through which to sort this year.
Obviously no decisions on the big league club will be made so early, but the Royals do need to start looking at who will fit where straight away. As far as catchers go, they know that the everyday job will go to Salvador Perez as long as he stays fit this year. It was in Spring Training last year that he suffered that devastating injury that kept him out of the first half of the season. But the rest are more up for grabs. They have two well-qualified candidates in Brett Hayes and George Kottaras for the one backup role, however, and even behind there there are Adam Moore and Manny Pina, both of whom are certainly viable options with big league experience.
It’s the pitchers that might really get hectic, however. The Royals’ winter additions mean that a handful of fit starters from last year are now competing for just one spot in the 2013 starting rotation and it is going to take some doing to not only work out who should get the job, but what should be done with the candidates who don’t. I don’t envy the work ahead for manager Ned Yost, but once this business is out of the way it should leave the Royals ready to start strong in 2013.