We’ve had about a week of games and the Royals have yet to lose. At this point, I’m ready to accept this team for what it clearly is – and will be – in 2015: Amazingly awesome. I don’t see how any team will beat them. They’re like the Kentucky of the MLB, just coming at you in waves. They may lose… In 2016.
(This is my opinion as of Monday night. I reserve the right to change it on Tuesday.)
With a 6-0 record, it seems like a decent time to throw some spring notes up on the Interwebs to see what sticks.
Alex Gordon Watch
Gordon is slated to take live batting practice for the first time this spring on Tuesday. This all seems to be on schedule with his timetable he put forth last month at FanFest, give or take a few days. Gordon still feels like he will be ready to play on Opening Day.
Luke Hochevar throws bullpen session
In his latest step in recovery from Tommy John surgery, Hochevar threw another side session in Surprise. The arm action is there, so now the Royals are monitoring how he recovers. In other words, the key day isn’t when he throws, it’s the day after.
As long as he feels fine, the Royals are targeting his next action in a spring training game. Good news for the Royals bullpen if Hochevar can open the year in Kansas City.
Omar Infante is expected to take batting practice on Tuesday. It will be his first action since receiving a cortisone shot on his right elbow.
We traveled this path last year with Infante as arm and shoulder issues clearly bothered his throwing. His hitting suffered, too, enough to make it his least productive season as a professional. Poor timing as he was in the first year of a four-year, $30.25 million contract. We will see how Infante progresses this spring, but this doesn’t bode well for the upcoming year.
Bubba Starling in camp
I missed this, but Starling made contact on Sunday against the Angels, twice flying out to center. That was after five strikeouts in his first five plate appearances.
The knock on Starling has always centered around pitch recognition. Specifically, his lack of said pitch recognition. To me, he’s not on the radar anymore so it’s kind of irrelevant that he’s in the major league camp. I suppose it’s nice the Royals have brought him in for the first couple of weeks of spring and it’s good that he can talk to George Brett and Mike Moustakas, but let’s be real – this prospect ship sailed long ago. That’s what happens when you strikeout over a quarter of the time in A and high-A ball.