5 Players Who Won’t Make Kansas City Royals’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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5 Players Who Won’t Make Kansas City Royals’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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As the Kansas City Royals get their Spring Training schedule going, they have a few roster decisions to make. That isn't exactly odd for a team in MLB but there is something special going on for the Royals this spring. They truly believe that the team they select to hit the field on Opening Day will be the one that takes this franchise to the playoffs and possibly to the World Series.

They might well be correct but the question for the young players in camp is whether or not they will be part of that roster. Just because they do not make the roster on the first day of the season does not mean they will not be a part at the end. Still, there is something special about a MLB player when they make their first Opening Day roster. The same goes every time they make one after the first one.

During Spring Training 2014 there will be several close calls for the Royals younger players who will not make it. There are veterans who are likely to miss it as well. It seems that they are taking the approach that any team in their position should take and that is to make sure the best team is on the field. Take a look at the five players who are very likely to miss the Opening Day roster.

Feel free and encouraged to use the comments section below for any comments you have. If you disagree with one or two of these picks or have some to add to the list, that is where you let your voice be heard. Without any further delay, here are the five Royals who will not make the roster in the MLB opener.

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5 - Guillermo Mota

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Mota hasn't pitched since 2012 professionally and that trend is likely to continue unless he can find another team to land with. The Royals are just too deep of a pitching staff to have to take the risk of adding Mota to the Opening Day roster.

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4 - Jason Adam

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Adam is one of the younger pitching prospects that the Royals have who has a little less fanfare than the top man down there. His potential is there and he should shine while he can this spring but he'll bounce down to Double-A to begin the season most likely.

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3 - Yordano Ventura

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Ventura could be ready and he certainly could win an Opening Day roster spot with the pitching staff if the Royals see that he should. I think he will fall just a tad short to start the season though. Instead of messing with his arm they will keep him stretched out in the minors over the other option of placing him in the bullpen.

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2 - Brett Hayes

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Hayes is no stranger to back-up catching for the Royals but I think this spring he will be outgunned for the position by Francisco Pena who the team signed this offseason. Hayes could still make the team if they carry three catchers but that seems unlikely.

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1 - Kyle Zimmer

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Zimmer is the number one prospect for the Royals and he is close. He is very close to being ready but he needs some time in the top level of the minors to make certain all of his possible wrinkles are ironed out. Give him time to fully develop and no one will be sorry. They have the depth without him this year anyway.

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