A couple of players, such as Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and pitchers Jeremy Guthrie and Ervin Santana, are trying to bounce back from an awful season last year. The Royals were leading the majors in batting with a .336 average and 98 hits in eight games, and their pitchers had the second-best ERA (3.00) and the lowest batting average against (.220) at some point in the beginning of spring training, MLB.com reports.
“I’ve been very pleased with the way we’ve been swinging the bats, I’ve been pleased with our defense, I’ve been pleased with our pitching staff,” Yost said. “Early in the spring, we’ve gone with a lot of our younger guys in camp, both on the pitching side and the position side — the defensive side, the offensive side. I’m pleased with the way our camp’s going so far.”
Yost is very excited about his players performance in spring training, while some players are still trying to reflect on the mistakes the past season to make sure they do better this upcoming season.
“It’s still early in spring, I’m still trying to find things here and there, tweaking with it,” Moustakas told MLB.com reporters.
Yost has confidence in his players and believes they will be ready to perform at a high level this year.
“He’s really balanced, his swing is shortened up to where he can drive balls,” Yost said about Hosmer during a spring training game.