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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