Royals invite 23 players to Major League spring training

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 26, 2015) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the 2014 American League Champions have invited 23 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz. Among the invitations are 10 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and three outfielders.

Included in the 23 invitees are 15 players that were in the Royals' organization last season. Left-handed pitchers Scott Alexander (sixth round, 2010), Buddy Baumann (seventh round, 2009), Chris Dwyer (fourth round, 2009) and Sean Manaea (Competitive Balance Round - 34th overall, 2013); right-handed pitcher Christian Binford (30th round, 2011); catchers Cam Gallagher (second round, 2011) and Parker Morin (14th round, 2012); infielders Hunter Dozier (first round - eighth overall, 2013) and Whit Merrifield (ninth round, 2010) and outfielders Brett Eibner (second round, 2010) and Bubba Starling (first round - fifth overall, 2011) were all drafted by the Royals. Right-handed pitcher Miguel Almonte and infielder Raul Mondesi both signed as a non-drafted free agents. Right-handed pitcher Casey Coleman and first baseman Matt Fields both played in the Royals' system in 2014. Other non-roster invitees include: left-handed pitcher Joe Paterson, right-handed pitchers Brian Broderick and Ryan Madson, catcher J.C. Boscan, infielders Ryan Jackson, Gabriel Noriega and Ryan Roberts and outfielder Moises Sierra.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise on Thursday, February 19. Workouts for pitchers begin the following day, Friday, February 20. The remainder of the squad will report on Tuesday, February 24 and begin workouts for the 2015 campaign on Wednesday, February 25.

The Royals' current 63-man Spring Training roster is listed below.



Pitchers (20)                       

Aaron Brooks                         

Louis Coleman                         

Tim Collins                             

Wade Davis                         

Danny Duffy                      

Brandon Finnegan         

Brian Flynn                             

Jason Frasor                       

Jandel Gustave                    

Jeremy Guthrie                     

Kelvin Herrera                             

Luke Hochevar                      

Greg Holland                             

John Lamb                              

Michael Mariot                      

Kris Medlen                               

Yohan Pino                         

Jason Vargas                             

Yordano Ventura                        

Edinson Volquez                       


Catchers (3)               

Erik Kratz                               

Francisco Pena                      

Salvador Perez                      


Infielders (8)               

Orlando Calixte                           

Christian Colon                          

Cheslor Cuthbert                      

Alcides Escobar                        

Eric Hosmer                                

Omar Infante                              

Kendrys Morales                  

Mike Moustakas                         


Outfielders (9)                         

Lane Adams                              

Jorge Bonifacio                          

Lorenzo Cain                               

Jarrod Dyson                         

Reymond Fuentes                       

Alex Gordon                              

Terrance Gore                    

Paulo Orlando                            

Alex Rios                                    



(23 TOTAL)

Pitchers (10)                           

Scott Alexander                           

Miguel Almonte                         

Buddy Baumann                       

Christian Binford                      

Brian Broderick                          

Casey Coleman                       

Chris Dwyer                              

Ryan Madson                

Sean Manaea          

Joe Paterson    


Catchers (3)                     

J.C. Boscan                               

Cameron Gallagher             

Parker Morin               


Infielders (7)                       

Hunter Dozier                   

Matt Fields                

Ryan Jackson             

Whit Merrifield           

Raul Mondesi                  

Gabriel Noriega             

Ryan Roberts                


Outfielders (3)                   

Brett Eibner                      

Moises Sierra                       

Bubba Starling