Adcock makes Royals club

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Nathan Adcock, who the Royals took from the Pirates in the Rule 5 Draft, has made Kansas City’s Opening Day roster. Though Adcock has not pitched above Single-A before, he impressed the Royals enough to warrant a chance to test his ability at the big league level. Kansas City’s decision to keep Adcock was announced by GM Dayton Moore.

Adcock posted a 3.46 ERA in eight Cactus League games. He gave up five runs on 13 hits in 13 innings.

Now, this does not mean that Adcock is necessarily gone for good. If he is not able to stick on the Major League roster all year, Adcock would have to be offered back to the Pirates for $25,000. The Royals paid $50,000 to acquire him in December.

“We think there’s something in him,” Moore said. “He’s very poised, he’s very confident, he has things together for a young guy. We’re very pleased with the way he’s handled himself. He makes the ball move naturally; that’s a great sign of future success as a pitcher. He keeps the ball. Maybe he’s a starter of the future. We’ll see.”

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