3) Cheslor Cuthbert Busts Out Of Mini-Slump
After notching hits in seven straight games while filling in for the injured Mike Moustakas (thumb), Cheslor Cuthbert came into Tuesday’s game 0-10 in his last ten at bats.
Cuthbert turned that around with three straight hits, including one double before striking out in the eighth. The 3-4 night ran Cuthbert’s triple slash to a respectable .275/.293/.425.
The only thing that gave me a bit of a pause is that Cuthbert has yet to draw a walk since getting called up. However, upon reflection, that’s not so surprising. As a rookie, pitchers are going to make him prove he can hit the ball against him.
Until pitchers learn respect, Cuthbert isn’t going to get many opportunities for free passes. He has always shown decent patience as a minor-league player, including a 10.3% walk rate in Omaha this season. Until he gets some more at bats, I’m not going to worry about it.
The Kansas City Star reported that Cuthbert has been taking ground balls at second base, sparking rumors that he could move to the position when Mike Moustakas returns. Not to throw cold water on a pleasant theory, I doubt the Kansas City Royals front office would ask Cuthbert to learn the position at the major league level. I suspect before such a move could happen, Cuthbert would be sent down to AAA Omaha to play the position every day.
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