The Kansas City Royals answered one of their few questions of the spring Tuesday, when pitcher Luis Mendoza was named to complete the team's revamped starting rotation.
The righty beat out lefty Bruce Chen, who will pitch in relief, and will follow James Shields, Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis.
"He threw better, he had a better spring," Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters.
Mendoza posted a 0.82 ERA in three Cactus League games, surrendering one run on 10 hits and two walks in 11 innings, while striking out eight. He had missed time in camp pitching for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Chen compiled a 7.90 ERA in four games, and allowed seven home runs in 13 2/3 innings, including five in his previous start.
"You go back into the track records, and there's no denying Bruce has won 35 games in the last three years," Yost said. "Mendy is a guy that has good natural sink on his fastball. His breaking pitches have evolved. And he's gotten better and more consistent. He had a great winter, he's had a great spring. We'll give him the first crack at it."