The Royals' deep prospect pool will be on display when Spring Training camp gets under way next month. A total of 23 non-roster invitations to big league camp have been extended by the club, and six of those went to players ranked by Baseball America among the organization's Top 10 prospects. Those six are first baseman Eric Hosmer, who was ranked as the Royals' No. 1 prospect by the publication, third baseman Mike Moustakas (No. 3), and left-handers John Lamb (No. 4), Mike Montgomery (No. 5), Danny Duffy (No. 7) and Chris Dwyer (No. 8). Right-hander Aaron Crow, who was ranked ninth, is on the 40-man roster, so he'll be in camp, as well.
Moustakas, Hosmer and Crow were the Royals' top Draft picks in 2007, '08 and '09, respectively. At Royals FanFest later this month, Moustakas, who hit a combined .322 between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, will be honored by the Royals as the George Brett Hitter of the Year recipient, and Lamb, who went 10-7 with a 2.38 ERA in 28 starts across three levels, will claim the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year award. All told, the Royals have invited 13 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and one outfielder to camp. That includes right-handers Zach Miner and Stephen Shell and outfielder Brett Carroll, each of whom was signed from outside the organization to a Minor League deal this winter. Pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Ariz., on Feb. 14, with the remainder of the squad arriving four days later and the first full-squad workout taking place on Feb. 19. The Royals will begin their 32-game exhibition slate Feb. 27 against the Rangers.
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