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2021 KC Royals: Pitchers and Catchers Report, Number Changes, National TV Game

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In less than two weeks, the 2021 KC Royals will take the field for their first spring training game on February 28th. But before then, pitchers and catchers reported today.

Today, the 2021 KC Royals pitchers and catchers reported to Surprise, Arizona to get ready for the start of the season. The KC pitching staff is still very young, but they added veteran pitcher Mike Minor to compete for a starter role. As for some veterans on minor-league contracts, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana return to the Royals’ organization and look to make the Opening Day roster.

2021 KC Royals: Changing Numbers

With new faces joining the roster in Carlos Santana and Andrew Benintendi, some players have changed numbers for the 2021 season. Carlos Santana wore #41 during his time with the Cleveland Indians and will continue to wear that number on the back of his uniform in KC. Danny Duffy will now be wearing #21 for this season.

Andrew Benintendi, who was traded to Kansas City in a three-team trade, will be wearing the same number he wore in Boston in #16. This means that Kelvin Gutierrez will be changing numbers and will be wearing #19.

Jakob Junis, who may be making a transition into the bullpen, seems to be wearing #24. Wade Davis, who wore #17 when he spent time with Kansas City a couple of years ago, will now be wearing #71. This means Hunter Dozier will continue to wear #17.

Royals on ESPN This Spring

The Kansas City Royals will also be apart of ESPN’s coverage of select spring training games this year. ESPN usually shows a few games on their network throughout the weekdays during the spring. The Royals will host the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 5th at 2 pm and ESPN will be carrying the game.

Fox Sports Kansas City usually shows a handful of games on their network during the spring, however, they have not announced any games they will broadcast at this time.

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Nick Whyman is an editor at Overtime Heroics and has been writing for OTH since January of 2020. Whyman is also a Senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Broadcasting.

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