There are about two weeks left of spring games with today being the only day off for the KC Royals. The team has made a few cuts, but still have a ton of pitchers still in camp that are competing for the seven expected spots in the Opening Day bullpen.
The locks in the bullpen are expected to be closer Joakim Soria, new setup man Jonathan Broxton, Greg Holland, and lefty Jose Mijares. Three of the four have been very good, but Soria has been shaky and now is dealing with elbow discomfort. Soria’s health could play into who makes the Opening Day roster.
Broxton was held back a bit, but his first appearance came live on MLB Network and he was popping 96 mph fastballs. He really looked good. In his two appearances so far (totaling two innings), he has not allowed a hit and just one walk. Broxton has struck out three and thrown 18 of his 24 pitches for strikes.
Holland has been equally as impressive, but over more outings. He has pitched five times so far, totaling 5.1 innings. His last outing was the only time he has allowed a hit (two of them to be exact) or a run. Overall, Holland has not walked a batter while striking out seven.
Mijares has not allowed a run over five appearances (totaling 5.2 innings). He has allowed just four hits and no walks, while striking out three.
Those are the four locks (though it may be just three if Soria has to miss any time). What about the rest of the competition?