KC Royals Recall Jarrod Dyson And Miguel Almonte
By John Viril
The KC Royals activated Jarrod Dyson from the injured list and recalled pitcher Miguel Almonte from AAA Omaha on Tuesday morning, according to the team’s official website.
To make room for Dyson, the Kansas City Royals optioned outfielder Reymond Fuentes to Omaha. Almonte is taking reliever Dillon Gee‘s roster spot after Gee took family leave after the birth of his daughter on Monday.
Dyson will presumably take over as the predominant starter in right field. The left-handed hitting Dyson will share the job with the right-handed hitting Paulo Orlando, but KC Royals manager Ned Yost has previously indicated that he wouldn’t employ a straight platoon. Instead, he’d let match-ups, and the player’s recent success, dictate his lineup decisions.
Almonte gets the temporary bullpen gig replacing Gee. The 23-year-old Almonte is considered one of the top prospects in the organization, due to his blistering fastball that touches 100 mph. Though he is being groomed as a starter, Almonte made his MLB debut as a reliever last September, but struggled with a 6.23 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched (despite striking out 10).
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Miguel Almonte got the KC Royals bullpen gig based on his electric stuff rather than his results at AAA Omaha. So far this season, Almonte has a 7.20 ERA in two AAA starts this season, and a mediocre 2-2, 5.89 ERA performance at Omaha in 2015. However, Almone’s poor results were partially due to him pitching at three levels in 2015.
Meanwhile Jarrod Dyson brings a shot of pure speed to the everyday lineup. Jarrod Dyson has averaged more than 30 stolen bases a season over the last four years with the Kansas City Royals while getting around 200 at bats. He’s easily a threat to produce 60 steals with regular play. At 31-year-old, Dyson is finally getting a chance to prove he can hold down an everyday job in the major leagues.
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Not bad for a guy that started his KC Royals career as a 50th round pick (a round that doesn’t exist anymore).