How did the Royals newest acquisitions play this season?

The Royals’ trades of Jon Jay, Kelvin Herrera, and Mike Moustakas brought new blood into the system this season. Let’s take a look at how those players have looked since joining the system.

Jon Jay Trade

Gabe Speier (AA)

26 G, 31.1 IP, 3.73 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 26 K/10 BB, .324 BAA

Gabe Speier is with his 5th organization since being drafted in 2013. Overall, he has been average since joining the Royals. Weirdly enough, lefties are hitting near as well off of him as righties. If he can improve is K/BB ratio next season, there is some intrigue about him as a big league reliever in the next season or so.

Elvis “Mound Dog” Luciano (R)

12 G, 62 IP, 4.66 ERA, 4.31 FIP, 61 K/22 BB, .255 BAA 

After pitching most of his season in Rookie-level Burlington, he was recently sent to Idaho Falls to continue his season. In only his age-18 season, he provides a solid fastball with developing secondary pitches. A near 3:1 K/BB is encouraging at his age, and it will be interesting to see how he looks next year in his first full season.

Kelvin Herrera Trade

Blake Perkins (A+)

64 G, .240/.381/.322, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 17 SB, 112 wRC+

Blake Perkins has fantastic defensive tools, with a bat that is slightly lagging in his development. Great plate discipline has made up for that however, which has allowed him to use his speed on the basepaths. He carries a BABIP of .307 as well, so he is able to put the ball in play, with a little bit of bad luck this season.

Kelvin Gutierrez (AA)

65 G, .277/.337/.409, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 10 SB, 105 wRC+

After struggling mightily in his first few weeks playing in AA Northwest Arkansas, Gutierrez got hot towards the end of the season and is looking like the player the Royals traded for. After hitting .225 through the month of June, he turned it on in July and August, hitting .272 and .288 respectively.

Yohanse Morel (R)

12 G (7 GS), 43.2 IP, 3.71 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 47 K/16 BB, .240 BAA

The Royals got another pitcher in his age-18 season in Yohanse Morel. He already has a lively fastball that can reach 95, and if he fills out a little more as he progresses, that could be 98+ in a couple years.

Mike Moustakas Trade

Brett Phillips (MLB)

27 G, .202/.265/.360, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 61 wRC+

The bat is still a work in progress, but his defensive prowess has made Phillips one of the more fun players to watch on the Royals. His arm is no joke, and makes him a force in the outfield. He needs to be an everyday outfielder for this team, he is too good defensively not to have out there. He could have a 75 wRC+ over a full season next season and I will still argue that he needs to be there everyday.

I mean come on, how could you not love this guy?

Jorge Lopez (MLB)

4 G, 20.2 IP, 5.66 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 18 K/8 BB, .255 BAA

In his few starts so far for the Royals, he has shown flashes of being a solid pitcher. The fastball/changeup combination is solid, but the command needs to get better. It is something that is fixable, but is a problem right now. That being said, his command is improving after nearly having a 1:1 K/BB ratio in limited time with the Brewers earlier in the season.

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