KC Royals Look For Infield Offense, Call Up Dusty Coleman
By John Viril
The KC Royals showed they are looking for infield offensive help by demoting utility infielder Christian Colon and calling up infielder Dusty Coleman from AAA Omaha on Friday.
The move indicates the Kansas City Royals might not be entirely happy with Omar Infante, despite running him out to second base every night.
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Twenty-six year old Christian Colon had started the season with a solid .286 batting average, but is caught in a 3 for 22 slump. While the 28-year-old Dusty Coleman has hit an excellent (for a middle infielder) .303/.383/.469 across AA NW Arkansas and AAA Omaha this season, he also has lost his stroke with a 2 for 17 slide in recent games.
Coleman brings nice pop for a middle infielder to the KC Royals. His .469 slugging percentage includes 17 doubles, 1 triple, and 7 home runs across two levels. He has 68 career home runs in the minor leagues, including 18 last season for AA Midland while playing in the Oakland system.
The 6’2″ 205 pound Dusty Coleman entered professional baseball as a 28th round pick of the Oakland A’s in the 2008 June draft. Coleman had starred at Wichita State, and played in the A’s system until he left the A’s as a minor-league free agent after the 2014 season.
Coleman has played both second and shortstop in his seven-year-minor league career, slashing .244/.322/.399. Unlike most Kansas City Royals prospects, Dusty Coleman shows patience at the plate, and brings some pop as a middle infielder.
The move seems to be about immediate offensive help for the KC Royals, since—at 28—Dusty Hughes really isn’t a prospect. He’s a career minor-leaguer whom I believe the Royals hope can help out the offensive black hole that is Omar Infante.
While this move, in and of itself, seems insignificant; it may indicate that Royals GM Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost are ready to look for middle infield help at the upcoming trade deadline.
Kansas City Royals fans can only hope.
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