Jorge Bonifacio, the Kansas City Royals’ 12th-best rated prospect, according to MLB.com, has been called up to the big leagues in a very busy day for the administration headed by Dayton Moore. Matt Strahm, who shined last year in relief, was also called up from Triple-A.
Ned Yost’s team has been searching for outfield reinforcements after Paulo Orlando’s sloppy start to the season, who has now been demoted to the minors to make way for the Dominican, who, contrary to the Brazilian, has had a very good performance in his first 13 games in Triple-A Omaha. There, he managed to get a slash line of .314/.386/.608, along with two doubles, two triples, three home runs, 12 runs batted in and six runs scored.
This was one of the movements that Moore made on Friday, as he looks to straighten the Royals’ course this season. The team has started out the season at 7-8.
Raul Mondesi has to be blamed, as well, for Yost’s team slow start to the season. The infielder, who was also demoted as it didn’t look like he was a major-league ready hitter, only managed to slash .103/.167/.179 with four hits, even though he had some very good displays in the Spring Training, which meant he’d secured the second base spot above Christian Colón and Whit Merrifield. These two second basemen will now alternate in the role throughout the season.
The other call up made by the team, in order to replace Mondesí, was Matt Strahm, who was sent to the Triple-A just a few days ago after conceding seven runs in just 1 and 1/3 innings, while also conceding six walks, and failing to get any strikeouts. He managed to pitch, though, four whole appearances without conceding any runs which earned him a return to the Royals.
The Royals also recieved another set of good news, as Jorge Soler seems to be edging closer than ever to a return, according to MLB.com. The Cuban outfielder had suffered a setback in his recovery after tearing his left oblique, but he will begin his recovery in the Triple-A tonight, a clear sign that he will soon be able to make a return to the big leagues.