The Kansas City Royals are still in the process of evaluating their talent as Opening Day fast approaches. Though there are plenty of open slots on this rebuilding team, a few top performers from the bottom half of the 40-man roster, along with non-roster invitees, likely won't be on hand for the OD festivities.
3. Randy Rosario
Rosario wrapped up September with 3.2 scoreless innings during the post-elimination evaluation phase, and started this spring with 4.1 scoreless as well, allowing only a single earned run through 6.1 up to this point. Rosario may lose out to an aggrieved veteran like Trevor Rosenthal, but he deserves a spot.
2. Ryan McBroom
Ryan McBroom has gone boom three times this spring -- the 27-year-old former Yankees and Blue Jays farmhand is on fire, hitting .344 in 32 at-bats of spring action. Will he get his shot at first? Or will the combination of Ryan O'Hearn and Maikel Franco on the other corner keep him in Triple-A?
1. Chance Adams
Chance Adams hasn't done enough to prove he belongs on a big league roster in several years with the Yankees, so why should the Royals make the leap? He's long been viewed as a top prospect before plateauing in the Bronx, and KC has to be pleased with his 1.69 ERA this spring (following disastrous 11.57 and 19.29 marks the last two years with the Yanks in March). He'll probably lose out to a more established vet to start the year, too, but we'd rather just see Adams.