The 26 players that will be active today.
The Royals set their 26-man roster for today’s season opener against the Texas Rangers. The team added outfielder Kyle Isbel and pitcher Jake Brentz to the roster today, designating catcher Meibrys Viloria and pitcher Scott Blewett for assignment.
Just ten players from last year’s Opening Day roster are on this year’s Opening Day roster, although several players missed last year’s opener due to positive COVID-19 tests. Isbel and Brentz are the only two players on the roster with no big league experience.
Catchers (2): Cam Gallagher, Salvador Pérez
Infielders (6): Hanser Alberto, Hunter Dozier, Nicky Lopez, Ryan McBroom, Whit Merrifield, Carlos Santana
Outfielders (5): Andrew Benintendi, Jarrod Dyson, Kyle Isbel, Jorge Soler, Michael Taylor
Starting pitchers (4): Danny Duffy, Brad Keller, Mike Minor, Brady Singer
Relief pitchers (9): Scott Barlow, Jake Brentz, Wade Davis, Jesse Hahn, Carlos Hernández, Greg Holland, Jakob Junis, Josh Staumont, Kyle Zimmer
Injured List (1): Adalberto Mondesi
Mondesi was placed on the Injured List yesterday after suffering a right oblique injury in Monday’s spring training finale, and is expected to miss at least 2-3 weeks.
The average age of the Opening Day roster is 29 years, 235 days. So this is not a particularly young roster. But it is a more veteran-laden roster, with players who have performed at the big league level before.