Former KC Royals dot big league and minor league rosters throughout the country. If there is a player that I missed that you want me to keep tabs on, let me know.
Let’s look at how some of those former Royals did through the month of April, starting with those who spent time in the big leagues.
Clint Robinson made the Washington Nationals Opening Day roster and has mostly played either left field or pinch-hit. In 15 games, he went 8-for-32 (.250) with a double and a triple. He scored four runs and drove in two. Robinson started six games.
Johnny Giavotella also made an Opening Day roster, as the starting second baseman for the LA Angels. In 21 games while mainly batting ninth in the order, Gio was 20-for-63 (.317) with three doubles and a home run. He scored nine runs and drove in ten. He walked six times compared to ten strikeouts. Four of Gio’s ten RBIs came with two outs.
Justin Maxwell turned his hot spring with the SF Giants into a productive start. In 20 games (his last ten being starts), he was 13-for-51 (.255) with two doubles, a triple, and three home runs. He scored seven runs and drove in nine. Maxwell walked five times compared to 13 strikeouts.
Outfielder Jeff Francoeur made the Philadelphia Opening Day roster and could regularly be seen as the Phillies starting right fielder. However, he hit just .172 in the opening month (11-for-64) with three doubles and two home runs. He scored six runs and drove in four. Frenchy walked five times compared to 13 strikeouts.
Kyle Davies made one appearance with the NYY before being sent back to the minors. On April 12th against Boston, he allowed three hits over 2.1 scoreless innings. He struck out three. However, in three games with Triple-A Scranton, Davies allowed 11 runs on 21 hits and two walks over just 13.1 innings. He struck out ten.
Catcher Brett Hayes played in two games for Tripe-A Columbus, going 0-for-5 to start the 2015 season. He was called up to Cleveland with the knee injury to starting catcher Yan Gomes and has started four games. Hayes is 1-for-11 with a solo home run.
Outfielder Carlos Peguero went 4-for-6 in two games with Triple-A Round Rock, but was called up to Texas and has been there ever since. In 14 games, he was 6-for-31 (.194) with four doubles and six walks (compared to 14 strikeouts). Peguero scored four runs and drove in two.
Sugar Ray Marimon made two appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett (one start), allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out four. Marimon was called up to the big leagues for the very first time on April 13th. In four games with Atlanta, he allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks over 7.1 innings. He struck out five. He was sent back to Triple-A on April 24th.
Infielder Rey Navarro started the 2015 season on the DL with Triple-A Norfolk, but after being activated and playing two games (3-for-7), he was called up to the big leagues for the very first time on April 24th. Baltimore immediately inserted him into the starting lineup at second base and he went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Navarro went 4-for-16 with two doubles, three runs scored, and an RBI at the end of April for the O’s.
Lefty Everett Teaford made three starts for Triple-A Durham, going 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA. In 15 innings, he allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 18 hits (including a homer), a hit batter, and four walks. He did strike out 12. Teaford was called up by TB on April 25th and pitched 2.1 innings against the Yankees on April 27th (4H, R, HBP, 2BB, 2K). He was then designated for assignment on April 28th, cleared waivers, and accepted the assignment back to Durham.
Utility man Pedro Ciriaco was unfortunately sent to the minors after a great spring training for Atlanta. With Triple-A Gwinnett, he was 18-for-77 (.234) in 20 games. He hit a double and a homer, scored eight runs, and drove in seven. Ciriaco was called up to Atlanta on May 2nd.
Now let’s look at the former Royals who are still battling in the minors.
Spencer Patton is continuing to do his thing with Texas. In seven games with Triple-A Round Rock, he is 2-for-2 in save opportunities with a 1.08 ERA. Over 8.1 innings, he has allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and three walks while striking out 12. Patton allowed a run in his last outing (April 30th).
Lefty Bruce Chen has been dominating the International League with Triple-A Columbus. The Clippers Opening Day starter made four starts in April, including two complete games. In April, he was 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA. In 25 innings, he allowed three runs (three homers) on 13 hits, a hit batter, and a walk, while striking out 17. With a need in the Indians rotation, Chen pitched on Saturday for the Clippers.
There is another familiar face with the Clippers in catcher Adam Moore. In 16 games, he was 16-for-45 (.356) with three doubles and a home run. Moore scored eight runs and driven in nine.
Tim Melville made four starts with Triple-A Toledo (Detroit). He is 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA. In 21.1 innings, he allowed nine runs (two homers) on 13 hits, two hit batters, and 14 walks. He did strike out 14. In his last start (April 28th), Melville allowed just one hit over six innings.
It has been a tough transition to a new team and a new league for lefty Kyle Bartsch. In eight games with High-A Lake Elsinore (I’m still shocked SD sent him back to that level), he was 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA. Over 8.2 innings, he allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 15 hits, a hit batter, and three walks. He did strike out 12.
Andrew Triggs was traded at the very end of spring training to Baltimore for cash. The O’s assigned him to Double-A Bowie, where he has dominated the Eastern League. In six games, he has a 0.69 ERA (though he has a loss). Over 13 innings, Triggs has allowed a run on seven hits, a hit batter, and three walks, while striking out 11. Opponents are hitting just .167 against him.
Angel Baez was also traded at the end of spring training, though he went to Houston for cash. In four games with prospect-laden Double-A Corpus Christi (which is also where Jandel Gustave is), he is 1-0 with an 8.10 ERA, but 1-for-1 in save opportunities. Over 6.2 innings, Baez allowed six runs on seven hits (including a homer) and six walks while striking out five.
I will take another look at these guys after the month of May. Again, if there is a player I am forgetting and you want an update, let me know in the comments section!