Aug 4, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante (14) breaks his bat flying out in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Second Base – Omar Infante
Perhaps we should call it the Curse of Frank White. Seemingly since the moment that the legendary Kansas City Royals second baseman called it a career, second base has been a black hole. There have been a few moments of competence at the position, but those have been few and far between over the past 25 years.
Omar Infante has been the latest attempt to plug that hole in the lineup, and once again, it just has not worked. This has not been entirely Infante’s fault, as he has been hampered by a myriad of injuries since signing with the Royals, but considering that he was expected to solidify the position, he has been a disappointment.
Defensively, Infante has combined with Alcides Escobar to provide the Royals with solid defense up the middle. However, on offense, Infante has been a disaster. In his two years in Kansas City, Infante has produced a .238/.268/.329 batting line, hitting the ball with little authority. His offensive rating of -43 is actually worse than the -40.5 posted by Chris Gets, the poster child for Royals offensive futility.
Even though the Royals have been shopping Omar Infante in each of the past two offseasons, there have not been any takers. With two more years left on his contract, the Royals just have to hope that Infante can finally get healthy and produce.
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