Baseball is back and several Storm Chasers alums have started hot right out of the gate. So far through 11 games entering play on Tuesday, the Royals have posted a 7-4 record (which admittedly does not matter all that much, considering these games do not count in the standings). Below is a recap of notable former Omaha players with Kansas City who took a strong first step oin Spring Training through the Royals' first five contests.
2011-12 Storm Chasers backstop Salvador Perez got off to a blistering start in Spring Training, and has recorded four hits, all extra-base hits including two homers, while driving in eight RBI in seven at-bats. He drove in four RBI in each of his first two contests versus the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners.
2016 Omaha Player of the Year Hunter Dozier has collected three hits in six at-bats thus far in the Spring, adding a triple and two RBI. The three-bagger came against the Texas Rangers on August 26. He has also reached base via two walks while recording zero strikeouts early on.
Another 2016 Storm Chasers alum in Ramon Torres has tallied three hits, including a double, over his three Spring matchups. 2008-09 Omaha Royals catcher Brayan Pena, meanwhile, has accumulated three knocks in six at-bats, including a double and two RBI.
On the pitching side of things, 2016 Storm Chasers reliever Peter Moylan has tossed back-to-back shutout frames in his two outings so far, adding one punchout. 2015-16 southpaw Scott Alexander has also enjoyed two solid appearances, combining for 2.2 scoreless innings while fanning three batters and yielding just one hit, while 2016 right-hander Luke Farrell has also accrued 2.0 shutout frames. Fellow 2016 hurlers Jonathan Dziedzic and Andrew Edwards has also tossed a scoreless inning in the early start to Spring.
As for players who may wear an Omaha uniform for the first time in 2017, outfielder Peter O'Brien has been the talk in the early goings of Spring Training, blasting three home runs over his first seven at-bats. In addition, first baseman Ryan O'Hearn slammed his first home run of the Spring on Tuesday evening facing the Milwaukee Brewers, while pitchers Eric Stout (2.0 IP, H, BB, K) and Josh Staumont (1.0 IP, 2 BB, K), the latter of whom is rated the top Royals prospect by Baseball America, have also started off well.
The Royals' minor league teams will play their first games on Friday, March 17. Each level will play in 13 contests versus fellow MLB club's minor league rosters, with Camp Days scheduled for March 31 and April 1.