Kansas City Royals player breakdown: Pitchers (Part I)

Royals Spring Training

James Guillory – USA Today Sports

The Kansas City Royals start Spring Training next week and have their roster pretty well set. The non-roster invitees have been announced and there seems little chance of another free agent signing. This makes it a good time to look at the players who will be preparing for the season and where each of them will probably be on April 1.

The obvious place to start is with the pitchers and the Royals do have a lot of them in camp this year. There are 25 on the 40-man roster (including two who are still recovering from injury) and another nine non-roster invitees. The analysis for them has thus been broken up into several parts, of which this is the first. I look at how the player has done, their role in the club and in some cases what they have to do in Spring Training before predicting where they will be on Opening Day.

Nate Adcock split 2012 between working mostly out of the bullpen (two starts in 12 games) at the major league level and working mostly in the starting rotation at Triple-A Omaha (18 starts in 19 games). He had decent success out of the bullpen, but wasn’t as impressive as some of his colleagues. The Royals made a lot of moves during the off-season that affect the bullpen both directly and indirectly and overall, despite trading away several of his former competitors for the spot, they will probably make it harder for Adcock to secure a spot at the major league level.

Prediction: On the 40-man roster, but at Triple-A Omaha.

Noel Arguelles defected from Cuba in 2008 and has played for the last two years in the Royals minor league system. He struggled at Double-A Northwest Arkansas last year, going 4-14 with a 6.41 ERA in 25 games (all starts) after being promoted from Advanced Single-A Wilmington. There’s a suggestion that some of his struggles may have been due to lingering effects of the shoulder surgery that kept him out of the 2010 season. He’s very talented and a high prospect, meaning his spot on the 40-man roster is quite safe.

Prediction: Little to no chance of making the big league club; another year in Double-A is most likely.

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