As the season winds down, the opportunity to call extra players up from the minors is open to every team. Though the Kansas City Royals are eliminated from the postseason, it still may behoove them to call up some young talent in order to expose them to the MLB.
The Kansas City Royals are quickly approaching the final month of the season. That means it is almost time for September call-ups. We have composed a short list of pitchers who have the potential to earn the opportunity to move up and play with the Royals for the last month of the season.
Since the Omaha Storm Chasers do not have the opportunity to make the Triple A playoffs, it makes sense to call up a few guys. Obviously, it’s likely that the Kansas City Royals will not take advantage of adding all of the guys they can. But, there may be a handful.
Jason Adam played 31 games with the Kansas City Royals this season. In his 32.1 innings of work, he yielded an ERA of 6.12. He was optioned down on August 18, but he is likely to make a return to the Kansas City Royals when players get the call.
Trevor Oaks spent a few separate stints with the Kansas City Royals this season. With the Royals, he appeared in 4 games, yielding an ERA of 7.24 though 13.2 innings of work. With the Storm Chasers, his ERA sits at 2.82. In 21 starts, he has worked through 124.1 innings.
Of these four, Josh Staumont is the one player who is not yet on the 40-man roster. Staumont is a reliever who has yielded a 3.58 ERA throughout his 39 games with Omaha in 73 innings.
It has already been specified by Ned Yost that Glenn Sparkman will be called up. He has pitched in ten games for the Kansas City Royals this season. In over 24 innings of work, he yielded an ERA of 5.25. With Omaha, his ERA sits at 4.48 with a record of 4-1 in 11 appearances.
Though it isn’t guaranteed that any of these pitchers will get the call heading into September, these are some of the options that Ned Yost has of players who could benefit from more exposure to time in the Major Leagues.