This is all kinds of fun. Thanks to Caught Looking for the heads up on this local news piece featuring a pre-evil A-Rod, a pre-injured Ken Griffey Jr., an impossibly skinny looking David Ortiz and a barnstorming trip which turned into an impromptu home run derby in Appleton, Wisconsin back in 1996.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.