Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Kansas City Royals

1 Kyle Zimmer 9/13/1991 rhp Wilmington Blue Rocks (HiA)
2 Bubba Starling 8/3/1992 of Lexington Legends (LoA)
3 Yordano Ventura 6/3/1991 rhp Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)
4 Jorge Bonifacio 6/4/1993 of Wilmington Blue Rocks (HiA)
5 Adalberto Mondesi 7/27/1995 ss Lexington Legends (LoA)
6 Sam Selman 11/14/1990 lhp Wilmington Blue Rocks (HiA)
7 Orlando Calixte 2/3/1992 ss Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)
8 Jason Adam 8/4/1991 rhp Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)
9 Cheslor Cuthbert 11/16/1992 3b Wilmington Blue Rocks (HiA)
10 Miguel Almonte 4/4/1993 rhp Lexington Legends (LoA)


royals-900x635HE’S WHERE? Righthander Miguel Almonte started out last summer in the Dominican Summer League, but his arsenal of power stuff is enough to convince the Royals to let him begin this season in low Class A Lexington. Shortstop Jack Lopez struggled in his half season at low Class A Kane County last year, but he’ll move on to high Class A Wilmington in part to clear room for 17-year-old Adalberto Mondesi in Lexington. Humberto Arteaga, a solid shortstop prospect in his own right, will primarily play second at Lexington because of the Royals’ shortstop logjam.

WHO’S MISSING: The Royals are quite healthy to start the season. Shortstop Ramon Torres will remain back in extended spring training because of the aforementioned shortstop logjam in Class A. Righthander Jake Junis was also held back in extended spring.

GO SEE: The Royals best prospects in center field (Bubba Starling), shortstop (Mondesi) and catcher (Cameron Gallagher) will form the basis of a very interesting roster for low Class A Lexington as the Royals join the South Atlantic League after years as a Midwest League affiliate.