Before the season, the KC Royals believed that Omar Infante could turn things around at the plate after off-season elbow surgery and that Jarrod Dyson could be just as productive as the departed Alex Rios in right field, with better defense to boot.
Neither of these hopeful winter assessments have proved true.
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Instead, both Infante and Dyson look to be long-term black holes in the Kansas City Royals lineup. While the team succeeded last season with little offensive production from either second base or right field until acquiring Ben Zobrist from the A’s at the trade deadline, they haven’t been able to carry the weak spots with Alcides Escobar and Kendrys Morales also failing at the plate.
Critics of turning Jarrod Dyson into an everyday player look vindicated by his recent crash. Dyson simply isn’t getting on base, which renders his speed of little use. Meanwhile, Ned Yost announced that Infante would play no more than four or five games a week to keep him fresh.
Maybe Yost wants to see if he can get reserve infielder Christian Colon going.
He needs to do something. The Kansas City Royals offense has been holding the team back all season. There’s little reason to believe that Infante and Dyson will be anything but part of the problem in 2016.
Next: Reason No. 2