Staumont impressed the big-league coaching staff by striking out 10 while allowing zero earned runs in six spring innings, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

He gave up four hits and three walks -- the walks have long been what has held Staumont back. Flanagan suggests that Staumont's spring performance may have secured him the eighth spot in the big-league bullpen. His control will probably always be a weakness, but Staumont has some of the best pure stuff among the Royals' relievers.

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