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Royals' Whit Merrifield: Notches fifth stolen base of spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merrifield went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Padres in Cactus League play.

Merrifield's five stolen bases during Cactus League games are tops among all Royals players, and his contributions on the basepaths to go with a .389 on-base percentage have kept him in the mix for the starting job at second base to begin the season. Unfortunately for Merrifield, Raul Mondesi has been even more impressive in the batter's box during the spring and appears to be the frontrunner for the Opening Day gig at the keystone, so Merrifield may be more realistically competing with Christian Colon for a utility role in the infield at this stage of spring camp.

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Royals' Alcides Escobar: Performs well in World Baseball Classic
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Escobar went 9-for-24 with two extra-base hits and four RBI for Team Venezuela during the World Baseball Classic.

After a productive stint with his home country, Escobar will presumably return to Cactus League action with the Royals in the near future as he prepares for Opening Day. The Royals have been deploying Raul Mondesi or Alex Gordon as their leadoff hitter for much of the spring and did so in several games earlier in Cactus League play when Escobar was available, so it's conceivable that the shortstop may have to settle for a spot in the bottom third of the lineup to begin the season. If that's the case, Escobar's stolen-base and run-scoring opportunities could take a hit.

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Royals' Mike Moustakas: Pops fourth homer of spring Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moustakas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Padres in Cactus League play.

With four homers already this spring, Moustakas looks to have retained the power he displayed early last season before suffering a torn ACL, but he's displayed little in the way of plate discipline. He's struck out in a quarter of his at-bats and has walked just three times, resulting in an uninspiring .250 on-base percentage. Moustakas' career .303 mark in that category carries more weight than his spring number, but it nonetheless illustrates the lesser value he carries in OBP leagues.

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Royals' Nathan Karns: Dominant Wednesday with nine Ks in six innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Karns tossed six scoreless innings in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Padres in Cactus League play, conceding four hits and no walks while striking out nine.

The Royals had already named Karns as their fifth starter earlier in the week, but the right-hander validated that decision by turning in his most dominant outing of the spring. He showed pinpoint command throughout the start, as 54 of his 72 pitches went for strikes. Considering that Karns still owns an unremarkable 4.76 ERA for the spring, it's probably not worthwhile to put too much stock in Wednesday's outing, but if nothing else, he might have given himself some more security in the rotation heading into Opening Day.

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Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert: Hits first homer of spring Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cuthbert went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Padres in Cactus League play.

It was the first long ball of the spring for Cuthbert, who took Padres reliever Ryan Buchter deep for a two-run blast in the sixth inning. After serving as the Royals' primary third baseman last season while Mike Moustakas recovered from a torn ACL, Cuthbert is ticketed for a utility role in 2017. While it could allow him to eventually obtain eligibility at second base, first base or even in the outfield, Cuthbert likely won't see enough regular at-bats to warrant draft consideration outside of AL-only leagues.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGCheslor Cuthbert , 3B.274
HRKendrys Morales , DH30
RBIEric Hosmer , 1B104
OBPEric Hosmer , 1B.328
SLGKendrys Morales , DH.468
REric Hosmer , 1B80
SBJarrod Dyson , CF30
WDanny Duffy , SP12
ERADanny Duffy , SP3.51
WHIPDanny Duffy , SP1.14
KDanny Duffy , SP188
SVWade Davis , RP27

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