The Royals have sent 23-year old righty reliever Kelvin Herrera to AAA-ball. Herrera pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the Royals so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He worked 20 1/3 innings for the Royals this year and he gave up 19 hits, walked 8 batters and he whiffed 24 of them. Herrera had a big time issue with the long ball as he has given up 8 homers so far this year. Herrera will be back soon if he gets straightened out in AAA-ball. The Royals have called up 27-year old righty reliever Louis Coleman. He made his 2013 debut for the Royals last night, working a shutout inning. He also pitched in 14 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball earlier this year and he was 2-1 with 3 saves, a 1.03 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Coleman has pitched in 91 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Royals and he is 1-4 with 1 save, a 3.22 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
23-year old lefty swinging 1B Eric Hosmer has shown an utter lack of power so far in 2013. He has played in 41 games for the Royals so far this year and he is 39 for 148 (.264 avg, .671 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 1 homer, 12 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. In his first two year with the Royals (2011 and 2012), Hosmer combined for 33 homers and 138 RBIs. So a sudden lack of power has been puzzling so far in 2013. The Royals hope that Hosmer starts hitting the ball with authority in the near future.
The Royals have placed 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jarrod Dyson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16th, due to a sprained right ankle. Dyson has played in 18 games for the Royals so far this year and he is 11 for 42 (.268 avg, .847 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The Royals have called up 27-year old lefty swinging David Lough to replace Dyson on the active roster. Lough played in 36 games in AAA-ball for the Royals this year and he was 52 of 153 (.340 avg, .870 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Lough got his first taste of the majors for the Royals in 2012. He played in 20 games for the Royals last year and he was 14 for 59 (.237 avg, .597 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. This is a bad break for Dyson, as he was just starting to get more P.T.
The Kansas City Royals have released 31-year old righty reliever Blaine Boyer after he exercised his opt out clause in his minor league deal. He knew he wasn’t going to get called up any time soon. Boyer pitched in 13 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Royals this year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He gave up 15 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 18 batters in his fifteen innings in the minors for the Royals. Boyer has pitched in 233 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 9-14 with 2 saves, a 4.81 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Boyer won’t be missed by the Royals, but at the same time, he shouldn’t have much of an issue finding a new team.
Lefty swinging 1B John Mayberry was a really solid power source in his six years with the Kansas City Royals. His best season without a doubt was in 1975, when he finished 2nd in the voting for the A.L. MVP award. He played in 156 games for the Royals in 1975 and he was 161 of 554 (.291 avg, .963 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 34 homers, 106 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He walked 119 times in 1975, while only whiffing 73 times as he was locked in at the plate. Mayberry played in 897 games in his six years with the Royals and he was 816 of 3,131 (.261 avg, .822 OPS) with 459 runs scored, 143 homers, 552 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Mayberry hit at least 20 homers in five of his six years with the Royals and he knocked in at least 100 runs three times, as he was very productive for them. He also represented the Royals at the All-Star Game twice. Mayberry is still #9 in games played (897) in Royals’ history. He is also #8 in OPS (.822), #6 in homers (143) and #6 in RBIs (552) in Royals’ history. Mayberry was only with the Royals for a short time, but he made his mark.
The Royals will be without 19-year old righty swinging outfielder Jorge Bonifacio for the next 6-8 weeks due to a broken hand. He has played in 34 games in A-ball for the Royals so far this year and he is 41 for 126 (.325 avg, .856 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 1 homer and 20 RBIs. Bonifacio has now played in 270 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 295 of 1,014 (.291 avg, .804 OPS) with 130 runs scored, 19 homers, 145 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Bonifacio came into this season as the Royals’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.
29-year old lefty swinging 2B Chris Getz is blowing his big chance so far in 2013 for the Royals. He has played in 25 games for the Royals so far this year and he is 16 for 78 (.205 avg, .555 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs. Getz came into this season as the Royals’ starting 2B, but he has been losing P.T. to 29-year old switch-hitting Elliot Johnson lately. Johnson has now played in 18 games for the Royals so far this year and he is 11 for 40 (.275 avg, .668 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Getz better step up soon or he’s going the be riding the pine a lot in the very near future.
The Royals have released 35-year old righty reliever Dan Wheeler. Wheeler pitched in 11 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Royals this year and he was 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP. Wheeler gave up 28 hits (3 homers) in only 15 innings in the minors this year, as he got hit really hard. Wheeler pitched in 589 games (9 starts) in his 13 years in the majors and he is 25-43 with a 43 saves, a 3.98 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Royals, as they have a pretty good bullpen.
20-year old righty swinging outfielder Bubba Starling is having a rough time against A-ball pitching so far this year. He has played in 32 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 24 for 119 (.202 avg, .614 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has already whiffed 38 times while walking only 9 times, as the pitchers are making him look bad so far this year. Starling has now played in 85 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 79 for 319 (.248 avg, .767 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 14 homers, 48 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Starling came into this season as the Royals’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.
The Royals have dealt 28-year old righty swinging 3B Brandon Wood to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations. Wood played in 16 games in AAA-ball for the Royals this year and he was 14 of 53 (.264 avg, .700 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. Wood last played in the majors back in 2011 with the Angels and Pirates. Wood has now played in 272 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 130 of 700 (.186 avg, .513 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 18 homers, 64 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. This is no loss for the Royals as Wood has never hit good in the majors.