1. Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B
Kelvin Gutierrez has actually been up with the Kansas City Royals earlier this season and played sparingly from the end of April through the middle of May and then again in the beginning of June.
Gutierrez, 24, is currently ranked as the team’s 17th best prospect and slashed 0.260/0.304/0.356 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 11 RBI’s in his brief stint with the Royals. He’s primarily spent the 2019 season with Triple-A Omaha and, over a much larger sample size, has slashed 0.287/0.367/0. 427 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, and 43 RBI’s.
Cheslor Cuthbert has split time between third base and first base this season and has slashed 0.253/0.293/0.389 with 8 home runs and 31 RBI’s. Cuthbert recently snapped an 0-for-40 streak on Saturday with a double and has a -0.6 WAR on the season, so technically he’s hurting this team right now.
Cuthbert is not the answer long-term and Gutierrez is already on the 40-man roster. It makes a ton of sense to take the entire month to decide if Gutierrez should be in consideration for the permanent third base gig in the future.