Ned Yost media session: May 21

Heading into Saturday’s 1:10 game vs. the Cardinals, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke with the media about starting right-hander Nate Adcock. Adcock will be making his first career start with the Royals today and has recorded eight relief appearances with 1-0 record so far this season. Yost commented that he is confident in Adcock who will face the Cardinals starting right-hander Jake Westbrook.

“He [Adcock] is working to develop his changeup and a curveball, he’s made some real good progress since Spring Training started… developing those secondary pitches are going to be key for any young man but his have developed quite nicely,” Yost said.

Yost complimented Cardinals manager, Tony La Russa, for his dedication and several characteristics such as leadership, La Russa’s competitive fire, and strong convictions on how to play the game. Yost also complimented Cardinals first baseman, Albert Pujols.

“There are a lot of things that every player can watch from him [Pujols]. On the way he focuses during the game, his competitiveness, his ability to take advantage of every situation… as good and as talented as he is, he doesn’t let any part of his game suffer,” Yost comments.

The Royal skipper also shared with the media his admiration for Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and remarked about Escobar’s impressive defensive plays this season. Yost went on to share that it’s good to see young guys adjusting to their surroundings and that Escobar shows great maturity and ingredients of a special defender.

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