SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Ex-Husker quarterback Bubba Starling was among a trio of prospects optioned to Omaha as the Kansas City Royals begins to trim their roster for opening day.
Infielder Hunter Dozier and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio were also sent to Triple-A on Friday.
Dozier is a power-hitting third baseman who has been working at other positions as the Royals try to get his bat into the lineup. But he may remain at third base and take over next season for Mike Moustakas, who is eligible for free agency.
Bonifacio is a speedy outfielder and Starling one of the team’s best defensive prospects.
The Royals also optioned right-hander Andrew Edwards, catcher Cam Gallagher and infielder Ramon Torres to Omaha, leaving them with 45 players in big league camp.