Royals Make More Cuts


The Royals made some more moves to trim the players in camp, optioning Clint Robinson and David Lough to Triple A and sending Derrick Robinson and Jeff Bianchi to Double A.

The Omaha assignments were expected, with Clint Robinson getting his first shot at Triple A and David Lough returns after a decent 2010 with the (then) Royals.  Clint held his own in spring training, hitting .389/.400/.889 with two homers and nine RBIs in 19 plate appearances.  Lough hit .235/.350/.235 in 20 appearances.

Derrick Robinson returns to Northwest Arkansas to follow up on a season where his hitting finally started to show signs of developing.  On top of another 50 steal season, he got on base 34.5% of the time.  He added more extra base hits than in any other season, as well.  This spring, he hit .364/.417/.636 in 12 plate appearances with a double and triple, but didn’t attempt any stolen bases.

Bianchi is going to spend some time in Double A to get back into baseball rhythm after missing all of 2010 with a torn elbow ligament.  He’s been hampered by injuries his entire career but has always been a solid prospect in the Royals system.  If he gets back in gear in Double A, he should play most of the season in Omaha and might be a utility option in Kansas City if things go well.  Bianchi struggled in spring training games, getting just one hit – a double – in 16 plate appearances.

The Royals roster stood at 49 players in camp after the moves, including non-roster invitees Eric Hosmer, Irving Falu, Salvador Perez, Mike Montgomery and Aaron Crow, among others.

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