“Another opportunity to keep improving my game”
By: Gabriela A. Escalera
Surprise, AZ- Outfielder Alfredo Escalera and about 80 other hand-picked selection from the Royals’ minor league programs returned to Surprise to engage in the mostly regarded Royals’ Instructional League. Escalera returned to Arizona one week before the invited players to continue his physical training program.
The Royals instructional league offers each player personalized care so specific improvements could be achieved and provides a chance for the organization’s coaches, managers and coordinators to devote some time with the newly drafted kids. The instructional camp also allows for some of the injured players to make up for lost at-bats.
The Royals’ Coaching Staff will engage in this essential part of the development program, which includes physical training, fielding and batting practices and a 23-games series against other local teams through Oct. 19.
The roster includes the Royals’ top prospects. The participating players are essentially a cross-section of younger and most talented prospects in the farm system, each with a particular goal to improve some aspects or their game. Other that Escalera, among those invited are Bubba Starling, Michael Antonio, Bryan Brickhouse, Kyle Smith, Patrick Leonard, Colin Rodgers, Sam Selman, and Cameron Gallagher as well as many other talented players. “Being in the instructional camp gives you a real perspective of the organization’s future since everyone here is a mayor league prospect, the Royals really have a lot of talent within at the minor league level” stated Escalera in a short phone interview.
It is also notable the participation of some of organization’s top international free agents signings. The international roster includes Adalberto Mondesi, Orlando Calixto, Humberto Arteaga, Cheslor Cuthbert, and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio and Elier Hernandez.