The Cactus League Isn’t Even Trying Anymore: Royals at Mariners
Jeremy Bonderman vs. Sugar Ray Marimon, 1:05
The Royals pulled Bruce Chen from his scheduled start today when they decided they’d pull him from their starting rotation entirely, opting to go with Luis Mendoza in the #5 spot instead. All over the league, teams are putting the finishing touches on their 25-man rosters, but the M’s remain tight-lipped about the #4 and #5 spots. Brandon Maurer now seems to have the inside track, so that would seem to put even more pressure on Jeremy Bonderman today. Maurer shut out the Reds (with Votto) for 5 IP yesterday. Bonderman faces a lesser opponent, and given his so-so spring, you’d really have to see something eye-popping today to narrow the gap. There’s still plenty of speculation that Bonderman may start the year in AAA as rotation depth. If he does, the M’s will have to kick in some extra money: the new CBA mandates that a player with as much MLB service time
Sugar Ray Marimon is a Colombian righty with a low-90s rising fastball and a plus-plus name. He pitched well in the Carolina league last year but scuffled when he moved up to AA. His size and lack of an out-pitch prevent him from cracking the Royals top 20 prospects, but he’s not terrible.
The M’s 25-man decisions, such as Kameron Loe getting a roster spot and Josh Kinney moving to the 60-day dl, not only clarify Seattle’s roster, they help cut through the clutter in Tacoma. Mike Curto’s been on top of it, as you’d expect. Mike Jacobs packing his bags mean the club still has a decision to make at 1B, but the outfield looks pretty much set now with Endy Chavez’s arrival.
1: Gutierrez, CF
2: Seager, 3B
3: Morales, DH
4: Morse, LF
5: Ibanez, RF
6: Smoak, 1B
7: Ackley, 2B
8: Shoppach, C
9: Ryan, SS
That’s pretty close to the opening day line-up, I’d guess.