Lorenzo Cain, Kelvin Herrera Among September Callups

The Royals had already brought up Yamaico Navarro, Jesse Chavez and Luis Mendoza and after tonight’s game they announced more September callups.

Starters Vin Mazzaro and Sean O’Sullivan will be part of that group, while outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson will get a look in KC during the last week of the season.  Manuel Pina will return after helping Omaha take the PCL title and, perhaps most interesting, reliever Kelvin Herrera had his contract selected.  A corresponding move will be announced tomorrow to make room for him on the 40 man roster.

Herrera started the year in Wilmington and, over the course of the year, threw 61.2 innings across three levels of the Royals farm system.  He had a 70/15 K/BB ratio and was selected to represent the Royals in the All Star Futures Game in July.

Absent in that list is first baseman/DH Clint Robinson, who had a .932 OPS and drove in 100 runs for the Storm Chasers.  He’s been struggling with a sports hernia recently and isn’t likely to see more action before the big league season starts.

Cain was a key part of the Zack Greinke trade but has been stuck in Omaha while Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera and Jeff Franoeur had successful seasons.  The Royals opted to keep him in Triple A to play every day and he performed, hitting .312/.380/.497/.877 and hit 16 homers.  He should see a fair amount of action, though with Cabrera chasing 200 hits, it’s more likely that Francoeur and Gordon get breathers in parts of the next seven games.

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Topics: AL Central, Alex Gordon, Baseball, Clint Robinson, Jarrod Dyson, Kansas City Royals, KC, KC Royals, Kelvin Herrera, Lorenzo Cain, MLB, Royals, Sean O'Sullivan, Vin Mazzaro

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  • LastRoyalsFan

    Glad to see Cain and Herrera getting the call up, and hopefully both get a look. I am hopeful that the move of Mazzaro and O’Sullivan is a ‘last look’ at these guys just to make sure they aren’t part of the future. After watching SOS last night in the Storm Chasers’ championship game I don’t see how the team can reasonably think he’s an option.

    Most of the Royals bloggers and tweeps seem to think that giving Mendoza a look is a mistake. I happen to disagree. It is certainly possible that he has made some adjustments in Omaha that might help him make the big club next year. It would be great if he was able to turn it around as Paulino has. I see nothing wrong with giving him a look.

    Regardless of what happens the last week of the season, I fully expect all pitching evaluations of the currently controlled staff to be left to next spring. I don’t really see GMDM making any brash cuts over the winter since he has so many pitchers that could use further review.

  • LastRoyalsFan

    Glad to see Cain and Herrera getting the call up, and hopefully both get a look. I am hopeful that the move of Mazzaro and O’Sullivan is a ‘last look’ at these guys just to make sure they aren’t part of the future. After watching SOS last night in the Storm Chasers’ championship game I don’t see how the team can reasonably think he’s an option.

    Most of the Royals bloggers and tweeps seem to think that giving Mendoza a look is a mistake. I happen to disagree. It is certainly possible that he has made some adjustments in Omaha that might help him make the big club next year. It would be great if he was able to turn it around as Paulino has. I see nothing wrong with giving him a look.

    Regardless of what happens the last week of the season, I fully expect all pitching evaluations of the currently controlled staff to be left to next spring. I don’t really see GMDM making any brash cuts over the winter since he has so many pitchers that could use further review.

  • royal_in_cincinnati

    I don’t see any problem with giving Mendoza, Mazzaro, and SOS looks, and keeping them on the roster to start ST. They are under team control at the minimum, so it’s not like it costs you much. Except for their spots on the 40 man roster that is. Off the top of my head, I don’t know who needs to be protected. Perez and Herrera were going to need to be added this offseason, so there is nothing wrong with putting them on there.

  • royal_in_cincinnati

    I don’t see any problem with giving Mendoza, Mazzaro, and SOS looks, and keeping them on the roster to start ST. They are under team control at the minimum, so it’s not like it costs you much. Except for their spots on the 40 man roster that is. Off the top of my head, I don’t know who needs to be protected. Perez and Herrera were going to need to be added this offseason, so there is nothing wrong with putting them on there.

  • scobes15

    @royal_in_cincinnati Agreed. Even though these three are the best in talents, there’s no reason they can’t fill the role of Nate Adcock moving forward until their options are up. At least they could help control the innings of some of the more valuable bullpen pieces. It’s not as if the rest of baseball is rolling with a true 7-man deep bullpen. Most are really only 3 or 4.

  • scobes15

    @royal_in_cincinnati Agreed. Even though these three are the best in talents, there’s no reason they can’t fill the role of Nate Adcock moving forward until their options are up. At least they could help control the innings of some of the more valuable bullpen pieces. It’s not as if the rest of baseball is rolling with a true 7-man deep bullpen. Most are really only 3 or 4.

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