While several Storm Chasers alums and Royals players now joining their respective World Baseball Classic teams for the tournament, Cactus League play continues to press on. The Royals entered their offday on Thursday with a 7-5 clip in Spring Training, though it should be noted that Spring Training records mean as much as the points on Whose Line Is It Anyway.
That being said, individual statistics still have merit when it comes to deciding the 25-man roster, and several former Storm Chasers players on the Royals have played well thus far in their battles to make the club.
March has been kind to 2016 Omaha outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, having recorded hits in all five Cactus League matchups this month, batting .545 (6-11) with one run, one double, a homer and four RBI. His totals through nine Spring Training games in 2017 are impressive as well, having tallied a .500 clip (8-16), adding two runs, two doubles, one homer and four RBI.
Another 2016 Storm Chasers player in infielder Raul Mondesi has also enjoyed a good spring start, compiling a .450 clip (9-20) in eight contests with one run, one double, a homer and two RBI. Mondesi is in a battle for the second base position along with fellow Omaha alums Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield after struggling in his first regular season go-around in the Major Leagues last year. Cuthbert and Merrifield have gotten off to slow starts, though much more baseball remains to be played this month before Opening Day.
2016 Storm Chasers infielder/outfielder Hunter Dozier has also provided some pop with a .429 tally (6-14), with half of those knocks extra-base hits, including one homer. Outfielder Bubba Starling through his first eight Cactus League games has recorded a .385 average (5-13) with three runs and two RBI, in addition to a walk drawn.
On the pitching side of things, 2016 hurlers Scott Alexander, Luke Farrell, Andrew Edwards and Yender Caramo have all not allowed a run through four appearaces, though Farrell on Wednesday was reassigned to minor league camp to log more innings. 2016 southpaw Jonathan Dziedzic also totaled 4.0 scoreless frames over three outings before being reassigned to minor league camp along with Farrell and several other top prospects who could very well wear an Omaha uniform this year.
Spring Training Links
Several notable pieces written about former Storm Chasers players appeared over the past week. Below are several that are recommended if you have not already read them.
1. Vahe Gregorian of Kansas City Star's profile on Bubba Starling's time in the Dominican Republic this past offseason.
2. Jeff Flanagan of MLB.com's story on Luke Farrell and his fight battling tumors during his time at Northwestern University.
3. Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star on Royals players Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar of Team Venezuela wearing armbands to remember Yordano Ventura.
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