Looking back at Royals top prospects: #7 Jorge Bonifacio

Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio dropped from fourth in the preseason to seventh at the end of July when MLB.com released their KC Royals prospect list.

Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio at the plate during Wilmington's Opening Night in 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio at the plate during Wilmington’s Opening Night in 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Bonifacio was considered the Royals right fielder of the future and was expected to move quickly when he began the 2014 season back in Double-A. However, he seemed to regress and spent the entire season with NW Arkansas.

In 132 games, he hit just .230 with 20 doubles, four triples, and four home runs. He scored 49 runs and drove in 51 (which led the Naturals). Though he walked 50 times, Bonifacio struck out 127 times in 505 at-bats.

Power has never been a tool for Bonifacio, though many thought it would develop. However, it hasn’t yet in the hitter-friendly Texas League.

Though speed is not in his repertoire, Bonifacio is a good outfielder with a strong, fairly accurate arm.

Bonifacio started the winter ball season with Licey in the Dominican Republic. However, he has not played since the second week (I do not know why).

2015 is a big season for Bonifacio. He could develop into the player the Royals hoped he would become or he could repeat his performance from this past season. I believe Triple-A could be his starting point, though a return trip to the Naturals is not out of the question.

 

Stay tuned tomorrow for a look back at #6.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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