KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' Minor League department was busy making announcements on Wednesday.
Seven players were named to compete for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League: Pitchers Edwin Carl, Jon Keck and Justin Marks; infielders Alex McClure and Orlando Calixte; infielder-outfielder Whit Merrifield and outfielder Brian Fletcher.
Calixte will be on the "taxi squad," eligible to play only Wednesdays and Saturdays. Fletcher was designated the Royals' "priority player," meaning he's assured maximum playing time.
The Royals will add another pitcher to the roster before the AFL season begins on Oct. 9. The schedule concludes with the championship game on Nov. 17.
A list of 82 players for the Arizona instructional league at Surprise was announced, half of them pitchers.
Included were the Royals' top Draft pick of 2011, outfielder Bubba Starling, and their last three second-round picks, pitcher Sam Selman (2012), catcher Cameron Gallagher (2011) and outfielder Brett Eibner (2010).
Workouts will begin on Sept. 17. A 23-game schedule will run from Sept. 24 through Oct. 19.
Player development contracts with two Rookie classification teams, Idaho Falls and Burlington, N.C., were extended through 2014.
The Idaho Falls Chukars have been in the organization since 2004 and the Burlington Royals since '07.