Kansas City Royals To Call Up Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost - . Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost - . Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Royals are looking for answers for their stalled offense and are hoping prospect outfielder Jorge Bonifacio might be the answer.

The Kansas City Royals are dead last in the Major Leagues in Runs Scored with just 41 in 15 games. That is just 2.7 runs per game. It is very difficult to win games scoring less than three runs an outing.

Several players are slumping for the Royals, including Eric Hosmer (.193), Alex Gordon (.197), Paulo Orlando (.149), Brandon Moss (.118), Raul Mondesi (.103), Cheslor Cuthbert (.118).

Maybe help is on the way. According to MLB.com reporter Jesse Sanchez on Twitter, the Royals will call up Jorge Bonifacio.

Bonifacio is off to a nice start this season for the Omaha Stormchasers. In 46 At Bats, he’s produced a solid slash – .304/.385/.587/.972. He has six extra-base hits, including three home runs.

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It is not known at this time what the corresponding move might be. Bonifacio’s stay may be short if he does not produce results quickly. Jorge Soler is still recovering from an oblique injury but will probably take over the right field job when he returns.

(Update: Paulo Orlando and Raul Mondesi were sent down. Matt Strahm was recalled along with Bonifacio.)

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Other candidates to be moved off the roster include Christian Colon, who is out of options. The Royals use Colon sparingly and he doesn’t seem to have a role. Finally saying goodbye to Colon probably makes the most sense.

Paul Orlando is not hitting this season but can play all three outfield spots, so he has value as a backup outfielder.

Raul Mondesi has been brutal so far. He is clearly not ready for the Majors as he has just a .171 average in 60 MLB games. His OPS is a remarkably horrific .481. With very little history of offensive success in the minors or Majors, Mondesi could be sent down for more seasoning.

Bonifacio sports a slash of .268/.336/.419/.755 in 727 minor league games. The 23-yeard olds numbers are even better in 146 AAA games – .279/.354/.471/.826. He’s hit 22 home runs in 610 AAA plate appearances, with 98 Runs Batted In.

Just yesterday, Patrick Brennan of Kings of Kauffman, suggested the time was right for the Royals to promote Bonifacio up to the big leagues. The Royals obviously thought so too!

The Kansas City Royals need some help immediately and maybe the time is right for Jorge Bonifacio to provide a spark for the team. Maybe he can impress enough and do enough to earn a permanent place on the big league roster.