The starter is Mike Aviles, who returned from injury that derailed much of his 2009 year to hit .304/.335/.413 in 448 plate appearances, primarily serving as the second baseman, as Dave Brown of Yahoo! Sports reveals.
The fact Aviles will start at third is curious given Wilson Betemit's strong play at the hot corner and who re-upped with the Royals for $1 million. The club may view Betemit as a better option coming off the bench or could even slot him at second although the club apparently remains high on Chris Getz.
Of course, whoever starts at third is just holding the seat warm for top prospect Mike Moustakas, who won't have a chance to make the club out of Opening Day. That's doubly not a surprise especially given the Royals' window of contention is not for a couple of years and K.C. will need to keep an eye on holding Moustakas' service time down.
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