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Royals' Raul Mondesi: In four-way battle for starting job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mondesi enters camp in a four-way battle for the second base job, The Associated Press reports.

While he is the least proven of the keystone hopefuls in Kansas City, Mondesi is easily the best defender and is most clearly a part of the team's long-term future, as he will likely slide over to shortstop when Alcides Escobar leaves after the 2017 season. If he were to beat out Christian Colon, Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield for the starting job, Mondesi would likely post a batting average in the low .200s, but he stole nine bases (on 10 attempts) in 149 plate appearances last year, so he could be a big contributor in that category.

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Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert: In running for spot at second
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Royals are considering starting Cuthbert at second base this coming season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Cuthbert was a regular at the hot corner in 2016, when he hit .274/.328/.413 with 12 home runs over 128 games. However, with Mike Moustakas poised to return in 2017, the Royals are entertaining the option of moving Cuthbert to second base. Over the course of spring training, Cuthbert will compete with the likes of Whit Merrifield, Christian Colon, and Raul Mondesi for the starting spot at second.

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Royals' Brian Flynn: Placed on 60-day DL
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Flynn (ribs) has also been diagnosed with a lumbar vertebal fracture and was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

The Royals revealed earlier this week that Flynn fractured his rib after falling through the roof of his barn, but it appears he may have also wrenched his back in the process. Flynn was initially given an eight-week recovery timetable, but his placement on the 60-day DL means that he'll now be sidelined through at least early June. Even if Flynn is fully recovered from the injury by mid-April, he'd still probably need at least a month to rebuild arm strength and improve his conditioning, so it's probably a prudent move for the Royals to delay a potential return until June while opening up a 40-man roster spot in the process.

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Royals' Mike Minor: Heads into 2017 as a reliever
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Minor (shoulder) will be stretched out during spring training, but Royals manager Ned Yost said that he views him as a reliever heading into camp, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

There was speculation that the embattled left-hander could spend more time as a reliever to try to maximize his output and keep him healthy, and it seems that Yost is planning on that being the case. This isn't to say that Minor won't make any starts in 2017, but given his last major league start came back in 2014 with the Braves and that he could only muster a 6.23 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Omaha last season, the bullpen route seems to be his primary destination unless Kansas City's rotation becomes marred with injuries during the regular season.

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Royals' Matthew Strahm: Enters camp as reliever
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Strahm will be stretched out during spring training, but Royals manager Ned Yost said that he'll head into camp as a reliever, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

Earlier reports stated that the left-handed pitching prospect would compete for a rotation spot during the spring, but Yost commented about how much relieving helped fellow left-hander Danny Duffy develop into one of the top pitchers on the Kansas City staff. Strahm dominated major league hitters during his debut season last year, posting a 1.23 ERA and a 12.3 K/9 in 22 innings out of the Royals bullpen, so if he continues to fan batters at that high clip, he stands a good chance to crack the Opening Day roster, especially if he continues as a reliever.

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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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