Bonifacio makes big league debut, but Royals fall

There was some big news in the roster department this afternoon for the KC Royals, as outfielder Jorge Bonifacio was called up for the very first time. He joined lefty reliever Matt Strahm in making the short trek from Round Rock to Arlington to join the Royals.

Jorge Bonifacio

Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

So who was making that same trek, but in the opposite direction? That would be outfielder Paulo Orlando and struggling second baseman Raul Mondesi. In all honesty, Mondesi should not have made the team out of spring training and it is the team’s fault that his struggles are being magnified. They have always been in his corner and preached patience, but I guess they changed their mind. As much as I like Mondy, he has NEVER dominated or even had a solid minor league offensive season. It will be interesting to see if Mondy goes to Triple-A Omaha to play shortstop or second base. Either way, the Storm Chasers now have three every day middle infielders with just two spots (Ramon Torres and Corey Toups are also there).

Orlando was hitting just .149 on the season (14 games). He and Mondy are hardly the only struggling Royals hitters. Hopefully both will be able to get back on track in Omaha.

Strahm was needed after last night’s 13 inning affair in Texas for the Royals. He pitched well after his demotion to Triple-A Omaha and hopefully he got his mechanics back in order. He was back on a big league mound tonight in the 5th inning with two on and two outs. Strahm threw just three pitches in getting a ground out to end the inning.

Manager Ned Yost quickly inserted Bonifacio as the starting right fielder against tough Rangers lefty Cole Hamels. He batted eighth and went 0-for-3. He lined out to center with one out in the second in his very first Major League at-bat. In the fifth, Bonifacio lined out to Hamels. In his final AB (the seventh), he flied out to center.

Bonifacio has always been a prospect, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prospect put up the kind of numbers he has throughout his career that has been so often overlooked. Hopefully his stay lasts longer than I am expecting, as Jorge Soler began his rehab assignment tonight (I will have more on that in my minors recap).

The Kansas City Star has a great article with quotes from Yost about the decision making on these roster moves.


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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