SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Overshadowed a bit by the news of Yordano Ventura being named the Royals' Opening Day starter was the fact that another young pitcher has been elevated to the No. 2 spot in the rotation -- left-hander Danny Duffy.
With Ventura and Duffy at the top of the rotation, it represents a changing of the guard for the organization.
"We just wanted our two power guys at the top," manager Ned Yost said, "and then our veteran guys behind them."
There is some symbolism to having that power at the top -- both Ventura and Duffy were signed and developed by the Royals, who have been criticized in the past for not drafting and developing enough young pitching talent.