Blaine Boyer. I have no idea how he is still on the roster but, he is. He and his 25.20 ERA will be out of here pretty quick. I think the first reliever to get a call from Omaha this year is gonna be Scott Barlow. Barlow received the nod as the 26th man for Tuesday’s double header in Toronto, and has been dealing in Omaha. He has a 0.90 ERA in two starts (10 innings) and appears to be next on the pecking order. Don’t rule out a Brandon Maurer return here, though I think they’re gonna let him work for a little bit before he comes back.
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, he made it to the show back in 2015 for his first cup of coffee in the big leagues. Cole possesses a low-90’s fastball, a changeup, and a slider, although his breaking ball has been erratic over his short career. Regardless, he still has the ability to harness the punch-out, striking out 102 hitters in 110 big league innings.
Hunter Dozier had a stellar 2016 that earned him a call up to the Royals and named him the Royals 2016 Minor League player of the year. Things were looking up for Dozier in 2017, but he suffered several injuries that limited him to only 24 AAA games and 33 Minor League games altogether. Finally back and healthy he is trying to forget 2017 and make up for lost time.
I’m not really concerned with the players that were chosen but PG has a pretty good feel for what teams will do. Usually if they mock a position guy the team ends up with a position guy. Well, what’s interesting here is that all four players that were mocked to the Royals are position guys. I would have expected at least one or two pitchers in those first four picks.
The Royals were not expected to be all that competitive this season, but they have underperformed even the most pessimistic projections by dropping 13 of their first 16 games to begin the year. It is the worst start to a season after 16 games since the 2012 seasons, when they began 3-14 in a season where they would eventually win just 72 games.
It does not look like Orlando is going to re-create his 2016 season any time soon.