Orlando looking to edge Sierra for roster spot

Orlando looking to edge Sierra for roster spot

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- One of the seemingly two roster spots left open this spring for the Royals is a battle between Moises Sierra and Paulo Orlando for the fifth outfielder spot.

The edge would appear to belong to Orlando, who has options. Sierra is not on the 40-man roster.

While Sierra, 26, has hit .320 this spring entering Friday's action, he has no homers and just one RBI. Orlando, 29, is hitting .367 with one homer and seven RBIs.

Manager Ned Yost said of Orlando, "He's done everything well. He plays solid defense in all three outfielder spots. He's a true center fielder. He's swinging the bat really well. He has made great strides the last couple of years. He's athletic and can run. He fits our profile."

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