Notes on the Royals minor league free agents

A part of the offseason that doesn’t get very much attention, but sometimes can prove to be very important is minor league free agency. Baseball America recently came out with their full list of minor league free agents, showing that the Royals have 13 players eligible.

  • Christian Binford- Used to be one of the better pitching prospects in the organizations, really struggled in AAA this year (7.24 ERA, 6.28 FIP), low-90s fastball, slider, changeup.
  • Yender Caramo- Contact pitcher with hard, sinking fastball that gets a lot of ground balls, 4.9 K/9, 1.2 BB/9 in his career, allowed one run in 7.1 Spring Training innings this year.
  • Malcom Culver- Position player turned pitcher, 2008 8th round pick, great mid-90s fastball, slider, changeup.
  • Luis Rico- Lefty pitched well in A+ this year (4.11 ERA, 3.69 FIP, 10.0 K/9), but struggled in AA (7.33 ERA, 4.91 FIP, 8.3 K/9).
  • Mark Peterson- 27 years old, was traded to the Phillies earlier in the year, then was released and came back to the Royals, 32 strikeouts and 24 walks in 43.1 innings with Omaha.
  • Jared Schlehuber- First baseman, hasn’t played since 2014 when he posted a 50 wRC+ in AA.
  • Chris Withrow- Former Dodgers prospect, decent numbers with the Dodgers and Braves as a reliever (4.15 ERA, 4.06 FIP, 9.5 K/9 in 93.2 career IP), spent the whole year on the DL.
  • Onelki Garcia- Also a former Dodgers prospect, has bounced around past few years, 5.04 ERA in 75 AAA innings this year, good curveball.
  • Seth Maness- Former Cardinals setup man, induces tons of weak contact, good control
  • Brayan Pena- Spent whole year in Omaha, hit .274/.308/.298 in Omaha.
  • Garin Cecchini- Former top 100 prospect with the Red Sox, infielder hit .266/.296/.393 in Omaha.
  • Dean Anna- Journeyman infielder hit for a 98 wRC+ in Omaha.
  • Mauricio Ramos- Third baseman is wll liked in the organization, but struggled in repeat year with Northwest Arkansas, already 25.
  • Ruben Sosa- Another Royals Indy League signing, can play all around the field.
  • Zach Walters- Has spent time in the majors with the Nationals, Indians, and Dodgers, acquired from Kansas City T-Bones earlier this year, posted .501 OPS between AA and AAA.

Photo Credits: John Sleezer—Kansas City Star

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