- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - When the Northwest Arkansas Naturals open play next week, they’ll have four top prospects and 12 returners on their roster.

The Kansas City Royals announced the club’s roster Friday. Top-20 prospects Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio will be in the outfield in their first full season in Northwest Arkansas. Adams played 44 games for the Naturals last year and hit .244. Bonifacio played in 25 games and hit .301.

Baseball America lists right-handed pitcher Jason Adam as a top 10 prospect.. Adam pitched in 26 contests last year and was 8-11, but finished third in the Texas League in strikeouts. Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, a prospect from Nicaragua, played in 64 games last season for the Naturals.

Northwest Arkansas opens the season Thursday on the road at Frisco.

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