Staumont will have Royals' attention in camp

Hard-throwing prospect could become a bullpen candidate

Staumont will have Royals' attention in camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- One of the intriguing young arms in camp will be right-hander Josh Staumont, who has been clocked at 100 mph.

Staumont has been a starter during his Minor League career, but the Royals wouldn't be afraid to try him in the bullpen to start the season. Staumont isn't on the 40-man roster, though.

"It's too early to tell with him," manager Ned Yost said on Sunday. "We just had our first live BP [Sunday]. We really like his stuff. We like his makeup. He's a guy we definitely will keep our eye on.

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"But we won't know how he fits in until we get through some games."

Staumont's huge potential

Staumont, the club's No. 9 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, said he believes he's suited for a bullpen role.

"Personally, I think my MO is going as hard as I can and getting as many outs as I can as quickly as I can," Staumont said. "I did some longer relieving in rookie ball. I haven't had the get up and go relieving like this, but it's not something I'm scared of."

No starters announced
The Royals will open the Cactus League season on Saturday against the Rangers and although Yost said he has his schedule of pitchers mapped out for the next few weeks, he's not ready to reveal who will pitch on Saturday.

"This early, we'll give everyone one inning probably," Yost said. "We can look at eight or nine guys in one game."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.