Royals Report: 4 Things About Bashfest vs. Boston
By John Viril
2) Paulo Orlando Is Earning Playing Time In RF
Orlando was inserted into the lineup May 9 against the Yankees, and has played every day since. In six games prior to Tuesday, Orlando had slashed a fabulous .385/.429/.538 and then added three hits Tuesday night with a triple and two-run home run in the mix. He tied his career high with four RBI’s on the night.
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Orlando is going to get playing time with that kind of production. Especially since Jarrod Dyson was showing that he’s more of a bench player than a guy that can hold down a full-time role. Yes, Orlando will cool off. But, if Paulo can keep it going long enough, he could win the RF job and keep prospects Brett Eibner and Jorge Bonifacio at AAA Omaha.
Given that Orlando is now 30 years old and only debuted in the major leagues last year, he’s not going to shed any tears about keeping prospects down on the farm.
Paulo Orlando brings speed, range, and much more pop than Jarrod Dyson. While he’s not the base-stealer that Dr. Zoom is, Orlando can make plays with both his glove and legs.
Orlando has given the KC Royals offense a much needed boost from the bench.
Can he keep it up? Stay tuned, Kansas City Royals fans. I’m sure not even he knows that answer.
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