SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Moustakas has a chance at making the Royals' roster for Opening Day, but does his fellow hitting prospect, Eric Hosmer, also have a shot?"I don't think so," manager Ned Yost said, "but I think Hosmer is going to play well enough that he's going to be in the conversation come midsummer." Hosmer, a first baseman, is probably headed for Triple-A Omaha, and a good performance there could accelerate his arrival at Kauffman Stadium. "He is so advanced for a young player. He does everything like a big leaguer," Yost said.
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Hosmer did nothing to hurt his cause on Thursday, when he hit a two-run homer in an intrasquad game. Jeff Francoeur and Kila Ka'aihue also pounded two-run homers in the game that was stopped after 7 1/2 innings at George Brett Field.Hosmer belted his shot over the center-field wall against left-hander Chris Dwyer's fastball. "The first pitch was a curveball, a good pitch, and he came back with a fastball outside. He made a good pitch, but I got it up in the thin air and it kept going for me," Hosmer said. Earlier, in his only other at-bat, Hosmer cranked a sacrifice fly that went deep into center. "Hos just missed the first one. He could've had two of 'em," Yost said. Moustakas was 1-for-4 with a single. The Royals have consistently suggested that he'll start the season with Omaha which would give him and Hosmer a chance to be in the same lineup for a time. But Moustakas has not been ruled out of the running at third base either. Francoeur connected off left-hander Bruce Chen in the first inning, ripping a line drive down the left-field line after Ka'aihue hit an RBI single. Ka'aihue's home run went to right field after Mike Aviles singled against right-hander Luis Mendoza. Mitch Maier had two hits including a double. Jarrod Dyson, Alcides Escobar, Melky Cabrera, Brayan Pena and Salvador Perez also doubled. "It's always good to get off in Spring Training, even though it's just an intrasquad," Maier said. "See some pitches, get a couple knocks, it definitely helps out."
Dyson shines in intrasquad game
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Jarrod Dyson escaped injury and every throw that was tried against him in the Royals' intrasquad game.Dyson had a big afternoon on Thursday, going 3-for-4 and scoring three times for the victorious Blues. He doubled, singled twice -- once on a bunt -- and was credited with two stolen bases. Picked off first base in the seventh inning, Dyson bolted for second base and was struck in the left elbow by first baseman Clint Robinson's throw. "It got me on the funny bone," Dyson said. "I thought it was broken for a second." Robinson apologized, but Dyson was doing exactly what he was supposed to do -- get in the path of the throw. "I told him it was all in the game, that's going to happen," Dyson said. "That's what we talked about -- getting in the throwing lane, make them throw around us so the throw will be off-target." Trouble was, Robinson didn't throw around him. "I had to get rid of it and you were in that line," Robinson told him later in the clubhouse. Dyson faces an uphill battle to make the club with Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur looming as the probable starting trio with Mitch Maier as the fourth outfielder. "I just go out there and play my game. I don't worry about what they're going to do with the rest of the guys," he said. "You just try to go out there and help the team. What they do is out of my control."
Royals' arms impress Yost
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Fifteen of the 33 pitchers in Royals camp got game action on Thursday, each pitching an inning or the equivalent in the intrasquad affair.Manager Ned Yost said he was especially impressed with Vin Mazzaro, Louis Coleman, Mike Montgomery and Jeremy Jeffress. All except Montgomery pitched a perfect inning, and he got three quick outs after allowing a leadoff double. Montgomery got two strikeouts and then got help from left fielder Brett Carroll's diving catch of Jeff Bianchi's liner. That was the defensive play of the game. Rule 5 Draft pick Nate Adcock notched a clean inning even though center fielder Lorenzo Cain dropped a fly ball to start it. The batter, Carroll, was thrown out and as he returned to first base and Adcock retired the next two batters. Lefty reliever Tim Collins had a rough inning, giving up a double to Salvador Perez along with two walks. Collins also let a bunt go through his legs. He got just one out, a strikeout, before the inning was stopped because he'd reached the 20-pitch limit.
Luke Hochevar, scheduled to pitch in Thursday's intrasquad game, was scratched because he was at the hospital where his little daughter Laney was being treated for an illness. He's expected to pitch in Friday's second intrasquad game. ... Kyle Davies will be the starting pitcher for the Royals in their Cactus League opener on Sunday against the Texas Rangers. ... Left fielder Alex Gordon was held out of Thursday's game because he was getting over leg cramps. He'll be a designated hitter on Friday, according to manager Ned Yost. Outfielder Derrick Robinson, who's had a hamstring problem, likely will play but third baseman Wilson Betemit, who has a sore elbow, probably won't. ... The Royals heard from umpire supervisor Steve Palermo, a Kansas Citian, on one of his favorite topics -- keeping the pace of a game going at a good clip.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.