SURPRISE, Ariz. | An impressive spring showing wasn’t enough to keep rookie right-hander Aaron Crow in big-league camp.
The Royals optioned Crow, their first-round pick in last year’s draft, to Class AA Northwest Arkansas prior to Wednesday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Surprise Stadium.
Crow, 23, departs after working 5 2/3 scoreless innings over three appearances. He struck out six and walked one.
“His makeup is outstanding,” manager Trey Hillman said, “and he’s got real good stuff. When he’s behind (in the count), he finds, very quickly, a way to get back in the count. And he’s got a couple of pitches that he can put away a hitter with.
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“He can go to both sides of the plate with pitches that show deception and velocity. You don’t see that very often.”
The move reduced the big-league camp roster to 48 players, including third baseman Alex Gordon, who remains sidelined by a broken right thumb.