Royals option Hunter Dozier, Bubba Starling to Omaha

Hunter Dozier hit .409 with two home runs this spring for the Kansas City Royals. (The Associated Press)

The Kansas City Royals on Friday optioned prospects Hunter Dozier, Bubba Starling and Jorge Bonifacio to Triple-A Omaha.

 

The versatile Dozier hit .409 (9 for 22) with two home runs, six RBIs and four walks while in big league camp this spring. He played in five games at first, six at third and three in right field.

Dozier, the former first-round pick out of Stephen F. Austin in 2013, made his big league debut last September, playing in eight games and starting five in right field.

Starling, an outfielder and Gardner native, was selected fifth overall in 2011. His defense is believed to be ready for the big leagues, but his bat has been slow to come around. Starling, however, hit .300 (6 for 20) with two RBIs in 12 games this spring.

Bonifacio, who hit 19 home runs last season for Omaha, batted .414 (12 for 29) with three homers and seven RBIs in 16 games this spring.

The Royals also optioned right-handed pitcher Andrew Edwards, catcher Cam Gallagher and infielder Ramon Torres to Omaha. The Royals now have 45 players remaining in big league camp.

ROYALS TOP BREWERS IN EXHIBITION — The Royals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 in exhibition play on Friday in Phoenix. Christian Colon had two hits, including a home run, while Alex Gordon had two hits and two RBIs while playing right field.

Nathan Karns got the win, giving up four runs (three earned) in four innings. Karns struck out four and walked two. Raul Mondesi missed the game with back stiffness.

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