KC Royals: Reymond Fuentes Up, Terrance Gore Down


The KC Royals continue to shuffle their roster after Alex Rios‘ injury sent him to the disabled list, sending outfielder Terrance Gore to the minors and calling up outfielder Reymond Fuentes from AAA Omaha on Friday afternoon.

The move was reported by Kansas City Star reporter Andy McCullough on twitter:

Terrance Gore had initially taken Alex Rios‘ place on the Kansas City Royals roster after Rios was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Gore remained on the bench for two games in Minnesota.

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Now, 24-year-old Reymond Fuentes takes Gore’s place on the KC Royals bench with the team opening a six-game homestand Friday night. On a side note, Fuentes is also a cousin of former Royal Carlos Beltran.

This quick exchange of minor league outfielders is somewhat puzzling. What makes Reymond Fuentes more useful than Terrance Gore now, as compared to two days ago?

I can only speculate.

Both Reymond Fuentes and Terrance Gore were on the Kansas City Royals 40-man roster when Rios broke his left pinky finger, so its not a case of needing to juggle paperwork with the league office before they could call up Fuentes.

Terrance Gore is really a specialty player, only valuable as a pinch runner and defensive replacement. His bat simply isn’t major league ready with a career minor league slash line of .234/.342/.268 for an OPS of .610.

Apparently, the KC Royals brain trust decided they needed a player who could help out more at the plate after losing two consecutive games to the Twins. Perhaps Ned Yost would have liked to deploy a pinch hitter in those games, or maybe the Kansas City Royals are more worried about Alex Gordon‘s recovery from off-season wrist surgery than they were two days ago.

Or maybe, Fuentes hot bat persuaded the Royals front office he belonged in Kansas City. Fuentes was hitting .444/.524/.500 in AAA with 1 double (his only extra base hit) in 18 at bats.

Whatever the case, Reymond Fuentes is up and Terrance Gore is down. I wouldn’t be surprised if the KC Royals make another quick move if Fuentes doesn’t immediately produce at the plate.

Brett Eibner crushed the ball in spring training to the tune of .500/.515/.1.250 with 6 home runs in 32 at bats, and has continued to rake in Omaha. Eibner is currently hitting .360/.429/.1.269 with 3 home runs in 25 AAA at bats. However, the Kansas City Royals would have to put Eibner on the 40-man roster before they could bring him up.

The KC Royals roster mamba could only be just beginning. Stay tuned.

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