Kansas City Royals Narrow Down Backup Catcher Battle
As the starting IX start to play more and more innings for the Kansas City Royals in their Spring Training games and as Opening Day gets closer and closer, the team has, of course, started to make deeper cuts to the roster and the position battles are heating up.
This week the Royals assigned five players to the minor-league camp whilst releasing another, Endy Chavez. Some of the cuts were pretty expected. Infielders Christian Colon, Anthony Seratelli and Brandon Wood all felt the axe, but none of them were ever going to make the Opening Day roster. They are all young prospects who were and still are expected to play out the year with Triple-A Omaha.
Somewhat more surprising, if still not shocking, were the reassignments of Adam Moore and Willy Taveras. Taveras had a chance at being a backup outfielder and was actually having quite a good camp. He was hitting .406 with a few extra base hits thrown in. Moore was definitely in contention for the role of Salvador Perez’s backup at catcher. He has been in the minor league system for a few years and played for the major league club for a bit at the end of last season.
Moore had to contend with the recent signings of Brett Hayes and Groarge Kottaras, however, and he also faced the problem of still having options remaining. Neither of Hayes nor Kottaras do and given that Moore was hitting .320 with two home runs that may have been the deciding factor.