Spring training in Surprise, Arizona has started for the Kansas City Royals to get ready for the 2011 season. The big buzz around the Royals’ organization this off season has been the Zach Greinke trade and the best minor league in all of baseball right now. The Royals’ have the most young talent in the major leagues right now, unfortunately Greinke did not want to wait around for those prospects to develop. Understandably because the top prospects are not suppose to make it to the big leagues until the second half of the 2011 season or later.
As far as the 2011 season goes, it will be interesting to see the young talent develop. The Royals already have several young players in their every day roster and are expecting all those players to improve this season. The young talent in the minors should really take off this year and be spectacular. If they look good enough in the minors they will start making appearances in the big leagues, which all the Royals’ fans are looking forward too.
Opening day is March 31st against the Los Angeles Angels and the coaches are still evaluating who should be the opening day starter. The last couple years it has been an easier choice, with Gil Meche being the highly paid veteran and then Zach Greinke coming off of a Cy Young season, but this year there is no clear choice for the ace of the rotation. Billy Butler has high expectations this year as being the slugger of the team as he splits time with Kila Ka’aihue at first base and DH. Alex Gordon really needs to show that he can hit in the majors and has adapted to his new position in outfield, otherwise he might officially be a bust. The good news for the Royals’ is that they still have an All-Star closer in Joakim Soria, so when the Royals do take a lead into the 9th there’s a good chance that they will come away with a victory.
Should be another exciting year for the Kansas City Royals. To see Opening Day or any other game at Kauffman Stadium, including the premium games which include Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankee and Boston Red Sox, visit www.ticketsforless.com or call their friendly staff at 913-685-3322.