October 02, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Francisley Bueno (67) delivers a pitch during the seventh inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Francisley Bueno Is Not Yet a Member of the Kansas City Royals Bullpen


Sep 18, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Francisley Bueno (67) delivers a pitch in the sixth inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

When Donnie Joseph and Danny Duffy were sent down to the minors the other day, it seemingly set the stage for Francisley Bueno to be the final piece of the bullpen. Bueno has performed well in Spring Training, allowing seven hits and two walks in his eight innings of work. He has struck out six while giving up two runs en route to a 2.25 ERA. Fairly solid numbers for Spring Training.

Yet, his spot in the bullpen does not appear to be set in stone. Ned Yost has not yet named him to the roster, which may just be a formality at this point. After all, Yost also has not officially said that Kelvin Herrera is a member of the bullpen either. No one is questioning whether or not Herrera will make the team, just like it seems obvious that Bueno will be a member of the Royals bullpen on Opening Day.

In a small sample size, Francisley Bueno has done well in the majors. In his 28 major league innings, Bueno has put together a 1.61 ERA and a 1.071 WHiP. Although Bueno has a limited track record, it does appear as though he may be able to be a viable option as the Royals second lefty out of the bullpen.

However, the biggest reason as to why Bueno may end up opening the season with the Royals is that he is out of minor league options. While the Royals seem to value Bueno, one does have to wonder how much of a market there would be for a 33 year old pitcher with only 28 innings of major league experience. It is doubtful that teams would be lining up to put Bueno on their roster, regardless of his performance.

Perhaps that is why Francisley Bueno has yet to actually be named to the Royals bullpen. For all the bullpen depth that the Royals seemingly have, it could be that Ned Yost and Dayton Moore do not trust the other options they had to fill out the bullpen. Bueno may, at this point, have the final spot, but that could be a case of being a member of the Royals by default.

While Bueno has been solid during Spring Training, he has performed that well against competition that is considered to be the equivalent of AAA talent, according to baseball-reference.com. More than half of Bueno’s career innings have come in September, once rosters have expanded. Perhaps the Royals just do not trust his success thus far, and consider him more of a depth pitcher than anything else.

In fact, that may be why Francisley Bueno has not officially been named to the roster. Maybe, just maybe, the Royals are looking for a reliever that they feel they can trust more than Bueno. Or, they just may not have gotten around to making the announcement that Bueno is officially on the team.

Right now, Francisley Bueno is not a member of the Royals bullpen. At least, he is not a member of the bullpen just yet.

 

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  • Eric Akers

    The Royals just claimed the #1 overall rule 5 pick Patrick Schuster from the Padres. Maybe this is why he hasn’t officially been given the spot.

    • Dave Hill

      Interesting. I’ll work on that tonight. Thanks for the tip Eric!

  • jimfetterolf

    Schuster had a 1.83 ERA ,1.083 WHIP in A+ with 45K/18BB in 44.1 innings for Visalia, 0.6HR/9. He’s a lefty, 23 years old.

    • Dave Hill

      Had a pretty solid groundball rate as well. He may end up as a lefty specialist, but he seems interesting.

      • jimfetterolf

        As I recall he didn’t have pronounced splits.

        • Dave Hill

          His line drive rate was a lot lower to left handed hitters last year, and he had far better control against them as well. From what I was able to find, it seems as though righties may see the ball coming out of his hand a lot better, giving them a slight edge.

          • moretrouble

            You guys do realize, don’t you, that this kid was pitching in high A ball last year? He was a 13th round draft pick 5 years ago — and he’s never played higher than advanced A ball. The reason he was exposed to the Rule 5 in the first place is he wasn’t in anyone’s plan. He’s stuck around for 5 years only because they spread his signing bonus over 5 years. I don’t believe anyone wants him. KC probably gets him practically for nothing.

          • Dave Hill

            He’s a 23 year old lottery ticket. The peripherals say he could be something useful. If nothing else, he seems like he could have more upside than Bueno. I’m not expecting a lot, but I think he could be interesting to look at.

          • moretrouble

            He could be useful? Where, Dave — High A, A? Give the other organizations he played for some credit. They’re looking at the same peripherals you are. However, the kid has played in these organizations; they know him, they’ve worked with him, If he’s good, why aren’t they interested in him?

            The same thing will happen to Bubba Starling after five years — if he hasn’t improved enough to suit them. They’ll have finished paying his bonus and they’ll release him. Kids who accept those large bonuses have a little more time than other kids, but honestly, after that, it’s bye bye time if they don’t produce.

  • jimfetterolf

    Maybe Collins to Omaha to tighten things up?