Under Armour All-American Game

Bobby Witt Jr. take a bat during the Under Armour All-American Game presented by Baseball Factory on July 20, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Bobby Witt Jr. was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.

Highly touted prospects Bobby Witt Jr. and Asa Lacy will be among the non-roster invitees to the Kansas City Royals’ spring training camp later this month.

The Royals announced their initial 67-player spring training roster for big-league camp on Friday morning, which includes 29 non-roster invitations. Twenty-five were in the organization last year.

Veterans Ervin Santana and Wade Davis, members of the Royals’ World Series pitching staff in 2015, signed minor-league contracts this offseason. Eight of the team’s top 10 prospects will be in Surprise, Arizona, including left-handed pitcher Daniel Lynch, right-hander Jackson Kowar, left-hander Kris Bubic, outfielder Kyle Isbel, outfielder Khalil Lee, right-hander Jonathan Bowlan, Witt and Lacy.

Witt, a 20-year-old shortstoo who was a 2019 No. 2 overall pick, is the Royals’ top-ranked prospect. He spent last season at the club’s alternate training site in Kansas City, Kansas, and has featured in just 37 professional games since being drafted.

Lacy, a left-handed pitcher and the fourth overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, made just four starts in a pandemic-shorted college season at Texas A&M. He participated in the Royals’ fall camp in Kansas City.

Outfielder Bubba Starling, infielder/outfielder Erick Mejia, left-handed pitchers Eric Skoglund and Gabe Speier and catcher Nick Dini are all non-roster invitees who’ve previously played in the majors for the Royals.

Brandon Zenner can be reached at brandon.zenner@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NPNowZenner.

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