With Bryce Morrow and Ronald Herrera both looking solid but unspectacular in starting turns on the mound, a couple of relievers stood out on Monday. Stephen Kohlscheen, a big-body righty with an over-the-top delivery, had a strong frame in the Triple-A game. The Auburn product, who came over from Seattle with Abraham Almonte in the Chris Denorfia deal last summer, will likely get some late-inning looks in El Paso.
On the Double-A side, Nick Mutz, had his catcher’s mitt popping for a frame. The part-time closer for the TinCaps in 2014 was a tough match-up for Royals hitters.
Because there are so many players still in big league camp who will ultimately wind up with a spot in El Paso, many members of the Triple-A group will ultimately report to Double-A, and so-on down the line. However, on Monday, a number of guys on Field One for Triple-A will indeed likely be in El Paso in April. The middle-infield duo of Taylor Lindsey and Diego Goris and outfielder Rymer Liriano all got plenty of innings. Liriano continues to look out of sorts at the plate after his brief stay in big league camp earlier this spring.
Center fielder Travis Jankowski had a first inning double and made a diving catch in the Double-A game. After missing much of 2014 with a pair of wrist injuries, he didn’t show any hesitation in laying out in the field. He has looked strong in cage work this week.
Outfielder Yale Rosen, an 11th-round pick out of Washington State last year, has put on some of the most impressive batting practice shows each morning. The lefty, who hit .247 with a ton of strikeouts in his professional debut, has hit balls as far as anyone this year, nearly hitting a pair of cars driving into the complex when he took swings on Field 4.
On the injury front, catcher Ryan Miller got back into game action on Monday after missing 10 days after a heart condition popped up earlier in camp. He wound up having a procedure to treat it, and had been champing at the bit to get back to competitive action over the last few days. … Cody Eppler was back in baseball activities for the first time this week. He’s been dealing with a hip issue. If all goes well, he’ll be back in game situations before the end of the week. … Middle infielder River Stevens is still not cleared to go in practice. He tweaked a hamstring during drills on Friday.