Aug 21, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Louis Coleman (31) delivers a pitch in the seventh inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Chicago won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Option Wade Davis, Louis Coleman; Recall Danny Duffy, Activate Luke Hochevar

As noted previously, the Royals recalled Danny Duffy to make Wednesday’s start, but the move to get him on the active roster (and a returning Luke Hochevar, who had been on the paternity leave list) had yet to be known.

This afternoon, the Royals announced that they’d optioned Wade Davis, newly shifted to the bullpen, and Louis Coleman to Wilmington in the Carolina League.

Why move a key part of the Wil Myers trade to High A? And who did Coleman tick off to get sent down three levels?

It’s all just a fun roster game. The Blue Rocks season ends on September 2 and they’re longshots to qualify for the Carolina League postseason, so their season will end next Monday. Typically, a player who is optioned has to stay down for 10 days, but with the Wilmington season ending, both Davis and Coleman would be eligible to return. Omaha is currently in the lead in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division with less than a week to go and Northwest Arkansas has a good shot to make their postseason as well.

This allows the Royals to sneak both players back sooner than usual. Ned Yost says both will pitch in Wilmington. Davis will get a two inning appearance to remind himself of the bullpen routine. Coleman was sent down so that the Royals could take two lefties to Toronto. Will Smith was the expected pitcher to be sent down, but he will stick around through the rest of the Twins series, the Blue Jays series, and, likely, through the rest of September since rosters will have expanded.

I want to see Louis Coleman face High A level hitters. Coleman has a 0.39 ERA and a 6 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio in the big leagues. A kid in the Carolina League wouldn’t stand a chance.


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  • jimfetterolf

    Turns out Wilmington is almost done so both Coleman and Davis will be back at September call-up. Other teams have playoffs pending, so that would leave the two in the minors for ten days. Davis will be in the ‘pen working on release point and getting ready to compete for a rotation slot next year, Coleman looks to be a fixture next year, which might make Aaron Crow expendable.

    • Michael Engel

      I suppose I don’t see why it’s an either/or with Crow and Coleman.

      • jimfetterolf

        Going to be crowded and the two obvious trades are Crow and Collins.

        • Michael Engel

          I guess I don’t see it that way.

          That’s your best six. They should keep their best top six without *obvious* options to unseat them. I like Donnie Joseph but he’s not an *obvious* upgrade over Collins (and I don’t think he is an upgrade anyway). If they tender all of Mendoza/Hochevar/Paulino then maybe there’s a squeeze but those six really shouldn’t be broken up unless overwhelmed in a deal. I’d rather not be paying Hochevar 5.5 million to pitch the 7th/8th.

          • jimfetterolf

            I don’t see Paulino and or Davis in your list and do see Smith as a rotation candidate while considering that Ventura might be used the first year in the ‘pen as a transition to the bigs. Don’t believe anyone has mentioned Hochevar.

          • Michael Engel

            I’d be beyond shocked if they don’t give Davis every chance to be in the rotation again next year. His salary plus the cost of the trade that got him here makes me figure they want to get him in that role unless he simply can’t do it. He gets really expensive to just be a reliever after this year.

            Gonna guess they cut ties on Paulino. Just nothing reliable there.

            Smith could be a rotation candidate, but they like what they have seen from him in the bullpen and to open the year, I don’t see Ventura in KC. He’s a late May/early June guy to me, and it’ll be as a starter with relief as a fall back rather than the other way around. I wouldn’t want to see them have him in relief with the expectation of “well we can shift him to the rotation any time” and stop looking for pitching help there — it’s what the Royals did this year with the offense, they just assumed everyone would hit all year and right away. Have the bullpen as the fallback option instead.

            So still, that’s the best six in the bullpen with three in their first arbitration year and three still to get to that point. Unless someone wants to trade a 25-year-old slugging RF or 2B who projects to be legit for the next 5 years, I don’t see a trade.

          • jimfetterolf

            Davis’ stuff will get him in the rotation if he can fix the two main problems, overthrowing and release point.

            Paulino will make the club, maybe to be traded later, but again it’s a matter of stuff. They may decide he needs to become a Broxton or Herrera, so I don’t see them cutting ties with that arm, which is starting to come around.

            As for trades, we see things differently and rehabs and success or failure with FAs will have a lot to do with it. You could get your slugging OF and his 20 homers for Duffy, Ventura, and Zimmer. Tampa would give you Myers and Odorizzi back for that package, but I don’t see Dayton Moore taking the deal :)

            Maybe I’m just not impressed with Aaron “Two-Pitch” Crow. If others think he’s that good, he might return a couple of AA prospects while easily replaced in-house.