Former minor leaguers look for major opportunity

Posted at 8:54 PM, Feb 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-17 23:32:00-05

SURPRISE, Arizona -- A baseball dugout is a magical place, not only is it where the guys get ready for the game but it forges so many relationships.

A couple of guys on this Royals team have been friends for a long time. They've learned to deal with the stress of going up and down from triple-A to the big league team.

Cam Gallagher and Jakob Junis have a friendship with a remarkable bond.

"I've been playing with him 6, 7 years now so we know each other like the back of our hands," said  Gallagher. "That's a big help going into a game when we are both rookies, where the nerve factor starts to kick in a little bit."

Junis is always thrilled when his former roommate is behind the plate.

"To see him come up right after me after I broke into the major leagues, to have success and to really get his career started on a good note. I'm happy for him."

Both of these young players have the tools to get to the big leagues, but it's their mental approach that sets them apart from the rest. 

"You know I tell our guys you're one of the lucky ones that gets on that merry go round." Royals skipper Ned Yost. "There's a lot of guys that just sit down there you come up and pitch and we if we don't need you, we will send you back down until we don't need you again."

"It was funny we played Seattle at home for a rainout I went like eight innings and gave up one run. The best game I threw all season right after the game sorry I got to send you back down," said Junis. "There's a lot of ups and downs but I wouldn't change a thing about last year."

With both of the guys getting an opportunity to star at the big league level last year their hoping they can take that experience and flip it into a full-time gig with this Royals team.