Cuthbert adjusting to playing second base

Nicaraguan prospect expected to start season at Triple-A

Cuthbert adjusting to playing second base

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Cheslor Cuthbert, a Nicaraguan who was signed in 2009 as a 16-year-old for $1.35 million, continues to climb his way through the Royals' system.

Cuthbert, now 22, was promoted to Triple-A Omaha toward the end of last season. In 25 games there he hit .264/.330/.385, and Omaha is where he'll start this season.

This will be the first spring, however, that Cuthbert will get some extensive work at what likely will be his new position -- second base.

Cuthbert, who is the Royals' No. 17-ranked prospect, made the transition to second base in the second half last season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

"I like it," Cuthbert said. "It's different. You have to really work to learn the double play at second. But it's been fun."

Cuthbert is expected to play a little third base as well. But with Mike Moustakas in the big leagues there and former first-round pick Hunter Dozier also at third base at Double-A, the quicker path to the Majors for Cuthbert likely will be second base.

"I'll do whatever it takes," Cuthbert said. "The main thing is just to get better overall as a player and everything else will take care of itself."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.