The Kansas City Royals have started to trim down their Spring Training roster. Four players felt the axe after the double washout on Friday and another pair were dropped at the weekend. The six unlucky men were pitchers Sugar Ray Marimon, Ryan Verdugo and Noel Arguelles, catchers Julio Rodriguez and Manny Pina and outfielder Luis Durango. Except for Arguelles, who was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, they were assigned to minor league camp.
None of those were particularly surprising moves. Whilst a few of those players were reasonably high prospects, none had a particularly good chance of making the Opening Day roster and a few were really only there to make up the numbers. Pina might consider himself to be the unluckiest of the lot. He had a chance of a backup role last year ended by injury and now appears to have fallen well down the pecking order. Not only is he behind three more experienced backup candidates, he may even be behind Max Ramirez who is still in camp and hotting well. It depends on if the Royals see him long term as a catcher or something else (he has recently been playing first base).
This leaves the Royals with still a very healthy 55 players in the big league camp and only another 20 days to trim that down by 30. With an average of over one move per day, we may start to see the moves come thick and fast for a while. There are still several players who one would not expect to make the Opening Day roster and I doubt most of them will still be in the big league camp come this time next week.