The Kansas City Royals received some good news this month. Jorge Bonifacio coming back from suspension should provide a spark for the Royals. However, we should make sure to temper the expectations.
When the Kansas City Royals got the news that they were going to lose their right fielder for 80 games, it put a small kink in the chain for 2018. The suspension of Jorge Bonifacio resulted in Jon Jay being signed, which actually panned out nicely for the Royals.
Now that we have surpassed the 80-game suspension mark, Bonifacio has returned to the Royals. Before being called up, Bonifacio spent a bit of time in Omaha seeing closer MLB pitching than Arizona gave him.
During those 13 games he played, he looked pretty impressive. However, his .392/.466/.529 slash could give some false hope though.
As of right now, the Royals are lacking offensive power and consistency.
Having someone who is relatively fresh join them nearly halfway through the season could result in more offense. Which we can all agree, the Royals need. However, fans need to make sure they keep a level head on what he can contribute.
With Bonifacio returning, he will give the Royals options defensively, and allow players to rest when needed. Bonifacio can play left field, meaning Alex Gordon can move to center field or take the game off. With the return on Bonifacio as well, the Royals can have options outside of Abraham Almonte and Alcides Escobar to play center field.
I don’t want to downplay the fact that Bonifacio coming off suspension is going to help the Royals. His defense and offense should bring a nice change to Kansas City. If he can build upon his success from last year, Bonifacio could provide the Royals with a few more wins this year, which as it stands the Royals desperately need.
My only advice would be to not jump to Bonifacio making a significant impact for the Royals. The Royals are bad this year. Whether they are 112 loses bad, which is what they are projected to lose as of right now, is up for debate. Perhaps Bonifacio can result in the Royals losing closer to 100 games instead.
So what do you think Royals fans? Do you have higher expectations for what Bonifacio can do for the Royals? Are you excited for his return? Let us know below!