Yesterday, with the first day that rosters could expand, the Kansas City Royals reactivated Eric Hosmer from the disabled list and recalled seven other players. Now, since the Northwest Arkansas Naturals season has finished, the Royals have announced that Liam Hendriks, Christian Colon, Aaron Crow and speedster Terrance Gore will be making the trip to Kansas City.
Each player has a different skillset that should be able to help the Royals down the stretch. Aaron Crow has the most experience of these players, having spent most of the past four years with the Royals. An All-Star in 2011, Crow has put together a career 3.35 ERA and a 1.327 WHiP. However, Crow struggled in his last four outings before being sent down in order to activate Scott Downs, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over his last 3.1 innings of work. Hopefully, those issues will have been corrected with his time in the minors.
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Both Christian Colon and Liam Hendriks have impressed in their limited opportunities with the Royals. Hendriks was quite impressive in his only start with the Royals, retiring the first fourteen batters he faced en route to allowing only one run on four hits, striking out five in his seven innings of work. Colon seemingly has a knack for the game of baseball, displaying excellent instincts. His ability to make contact has translated from the minors, as Colon has posted a .302/.348/.442 batting line with only four strikeouts in 43 at bats. Add in Colon’s ability to play both middle infield positions and third, and he certainly appears as though he will be a valuable piece for the Royals stretch run.
Terrance Gore is someone that we have looked at previously, and is likely to be used almost exclusively as a pinch runner. Such players have had success before on playoff teams, as players like Herb Washington and Dave Roberts had made significant contributions towards playoff teams. Perhaps Gore will be able to fill such a role for the Royals during the pennant chase.
More reinforcements are on the way for the Royals. Hopefully, they will be able to contribute towards ending the Royals 28 year postseason drought.