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.
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.