The Kansas City Royals have invited 29 non-roster players to major league spring training, including four top prospects.
Among the 29 invitees are shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the team’s first-round pick in 2019; right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar (2018 first-rounder); and left-handed pitchers Daniel Lynch (2018 first-rounder) and Asa Lacy (2020 first-rounder).
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first workout of the season Feb. 17. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 22.
The non-roster invitees to camp in Surprise, Ariz. (how acquired in parentheses):
Jonathan Bowlan (second round, 2018), Jake Brentz (free agent, 2019), Austin Cox (fifth round, 2018), Wade Davis (free agent, 2021), Jon Heasley (13th round, 2018), Jake Kalish (32nd round, 2015), Jackson Kowar (first round, 2018), Asa Lacy (first round, 2020), Daniel Lynch (first round, 2018), Alec Marsh (second round, 2019), Carlos Sanabria (waiver claim, 2020), Ervin Santana (free agent, 2021), Eric Skoglund (third round, 2014), Gabe Speier (trade, 2018).
Nick Dini (14th round, 2015), Freddy Fermin (international free agent, 2015), MJ Melendez (second round, 2017).
Hanser Alberto (free agent, 2021), Gabriel Cancel (seventh round, 2015), Clay Dungan (ninth round, 2019), Jeison Guzmán (international free agent, 2015), Erick Mejia (trade, 2018), Nick Pratto (first round, 2017), Emmanuel Rivera (19th round, 2015), Bobby Witt Jr. (first round, 2019).
Kyle Isbel (third round, 2018), Seuly Matias (international free agent, 2015), Anderson Miller (third round, 2015), Bubba Starling (first round, 2011).