Royals Invite 26 Players To Major League Spring Training


KANSAS CITY, MO (January 13, 2020) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has invited 26 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz. Among the invitations are 14 pitchers, four catchers, five infielders and three outfielders.

Included in the 26 invitees are 23 players that were in the Royals’ organization last season. Pitchers Kris Bubic (first round, 2018), Jake Kalish (32nd round, 2015), Jackson Kowar (first round, 2018), Daniel Lynch (first round, 2018), Brady Singer (first round, 2018), Daniel Tillo (third round, 2017), and Tyler Zuber (sixth round, 2017); catchers Nick Dini (14th round, 2015) and MJ Melendez (second round, 2017); infielders Gabriel Cancel (seventh round, 2015) and Emmanuel Rivera (19th round, 2015) as well as outfielders Kyle Isbel (third round, 2018) and Khalil Lee (third round, 2016) were all originally drafted by the Royals. Pitchers Ofreidy Gomez (2012), Arnaldo Hernandez (2012), Andres Machado (2010), Yunior Marte (2012); catchers Freddy Fermin (2015) and Sebastian Rivero (2015) and infielder Humberto Arteaga (2010) all signed as international free agents. Pitcher Conner Greene, infielder Kevin Merrell, and outfielder Erick Mejia, all of whom were in the organization last season, while pitchers Trevor Rosenthal and Braden Shipley as well as infielder Matt Reynolds are new to the Royals.

Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout of the season on Wednesday, February 12, while the first full-squad workout will be on Monday, February 17.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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