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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    David, after spending the last several days in Surprise (best/consistent weather there in the past dozen years!), I will add a few comments to yours. Middle infield is clearly a concern and really, always should have been with Escobar’s lack of any offense in ’13 and Infante’s injury history. Their collective ailments this spring just magnifies things. I have to say that I’m also more impressed with Donald at SS over Ciriaco; Donald looks more consistent and Ciriaco has had some some defensive lapses that appear to be a lack of focus. Offensively, Donald has looked better, but as you suggest, history would suggest otherwise.

    Regarding Jim’s point, I agree that starting with an 11 man staff makes sense, but not to protect Valencia on the roster. If they can’t sneak him through waivers, then let him go. They are clearly committed to Maxwell as the RH power bat off the bench, so Valencia is really just protection as a platoon partner for Moose. With how he looks, especially against LH’s, the Royals will give Moose plenty of time to prove he can’t hit southpaws, so Valencia is really a luxury the first 2 months of ’14. The real issue will be giving a 12 man staff enough work to keep them sharp during April. With 2 scheduled days off and 10 games in Minn, Clev, and Det the first 3 weeks, they will likely be skipping Chen a time or two. Because they can rotate a fresh arm from Omaha for even one game, an 11 man staff makes more sense.

    One more observation; I’m not going to say that I’m worried about Butler (he does have a legit track record), but I will say that the Billy I’ve seen so far looks allot like the ’13 version (rolling over almost everything and creating easy two-hop ground outs in the infield) and nothing like the ’12 we need. Enjoy,

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    David Lesky

    You may believe that and I may agree that they only need 11 pitchers, but the organization hasn’t even discussed that as a possibility. That could change in time, but as of right now, that’s not an option.

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    jim fetterolf

    Better might be an 11-man pitching staff to start with. Valencia has value, Maxwell is needed, so the staff with a depth of options is the most sensible place to start a little short.

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