With September call-up time looming in the near future, Ned Yost has some decisions to make regarding who he will call up. Though the Kansas City Royals already have a strong cast of outfielders, there is one player who is likely to be called up.
The Kansas City Royals currently only have two outfielders who are on the 40-man roster that are not currently on the active roster. Those two players are Paulo Orlando and Bubba Starling.
Paulo Orlando was up with the Kansas City Royals earlier in the season on a couple occasions, before he was optioned down on July 24 to the Storm Chasers. He remained there since. The 32 year old tallied 90 at bats with the Royals throughout the 2018 season for a slash of .167/.194/.200.
The Kansas City Royals should be using their opportunity to give young players some extra opportunities. At 32, Orlando isn’t exactly a young outfielder. Because of that, he is not likely to be one of the players who is called up for the final month of the season.
Bubba Starling has battled injuries this season, and he has not played in a game since July 8. Because of that, obviously, he will not be getting the call in September. He would be a viable option, though, to move off of the 40-man roster in order to make room for another outfielder who could deserve a shot.
Elier Hernandez was assigned to the Omaha Storm Chasers from the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in late July. Since the move, the 23 year old has slashed .324/.378/.417. He’s young, and he has shown that he has potential at the plate. Though the Royals already have quite a few outfielders, Hernandez is one of the players who is most likely to get a call, if any.
Though it isn’t clear if Yost has any intention of calling any players up, Hernandez is the player who stands the best chance, as far as outfielders are concerned, for the Kansas City Royals