As you should be aware, active rosters expand next month, providing the opportunity for a few players to make their debut with Kansas City. Last season, Victor Marte and Dusty Hughes made their major league debuts in September. The year before, Kila Ka’aihue hit his first major league homerun in September, taking advantage of the expanded rosters.
So in 2010, what players will we see in KC? Let’s take a look:
Over on Call To The Pen, the Fansided Network’s MLB site leads are tossing in their thoughts on who we’d like to see jump up for the month. You’ll have to click the link to get my views on who I want to make the expanded roster, because I’m sneaky like that, but I can say that my choices would require some shifting of the current 40-man roster.
Most likely, there won’t be any big movements in 2010. I expect Gil Meche, Brian Bannister, Robinson Tejeda are all currently on the disabled list and all could be activated at any point. In Meche’s case, since he’s on the 60-day DL (which doesn’t take up a spot on the 40 man roster which you can view here), David DeJesus would shift to the 60-day DL to make room.
There’s a chance that Brian Anderson, who entered spring training as an outfielder and is now in Omaha as a relief pitcher, could be given a look at the major league level in the bullpen. Josh Fields has been rehabbing after hip surgery at the end of spring training and could be activated off the 60 day disabled list, too, which would likely prompt the Royals to add Noel Arguelles, who hasn’t thrown a game pitch all year, on the 60 day.
If the Royals wanted to, though, they could take a look at a few of the prospects in Triple A like David Lough or Louis Coleman by releasing some dead weight, like Gaby Hernandez, who hasn’t done anything beyond post a plus-5.00 ERA in Omaha. Victor Marte wasn’t effective for most of his time in the majors and has been average in Omaha, but the Royals have a glut of other relief arms available and I wouldn’t be opposed to his release. I’m not calling for him to lose his job, but I don’t think he’s anything beyond a depth arm anyway and I want to see Louis Coleman get some innings.
I would have said I’d like to see Willie Bloomquist get the ax too, as he’s not much of a player anyway, he’s not getting any younger and he’s in the last month of his contract now as it is. Now, after yesterday’s inexplicable third-in-the-order heroics, I don’t think he’s going anywhere, but if the Royals wanted to, he’d be another candidate.
So while I wish we’d be able to see a few new Royals debut in September, I don’t forsee it actually coming to pass. Will it make a difference in the end? Probably not – I just want to see some new faces at the K. That’s not too much to ask is it?