SPRINGDALE, Ark. (NWANaturals.com) - Four prospects and 12 returnees headline the 2014 Northwest Arkansas Naturals roster released by the Kansas City Royals earlier this morning. The Naturals will commence the 2014 season on the road, Thursday April 3 against the Frisco RoughRiders with opening day at Arvest Ballpark coming on April 10.
Two top-20 prospects will range the outfield for the Naturals this season as Lane Adams (No. 18) and Jorge Bonifacio (No. 4) return for their second stretch and first full season in Northwest Arkansas. Adams, a versatile outfield played in 44 games for the Naturals in 2013 making 18 appearances in right field, eight in center and 15 in left. The Red Oak, Okla. native hit .244 with five home runs with 26 RBI and 15 stolen bases and made his mark when he became the first Natural since Clint Robinson in 2010 to have seven RBI in a game.
The Naturals bullpen will see many familiar faces who hold a plethora of experience the return of left-handed reliever Scott Alexander, RHPs J.C. Sulbaran, Andrew Trigg, along with Noel Arguelles and Andy Ferguson. Alexander, the former sixth round pick of the Royals in 2010, appeared in 24 games for the Naturals in 2013. The southpaw compiled a 2-0 record in 33 innings pitched with a 5.18 ERA.
The Seventh Season of Naturals Baseball begins Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Frisco, Texas. The team opens at Arvest Ballpark on Thursday April 10, 2014 against the same Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.