2. Erick Mejia, Util
Erick Mejia is not currently on the Kansas City Royals 40-man roster, so his promotion would require a corresponding move from Dayton Moore. Mejia was acquired in the three-team trade that ultimately sent Joakim Soria and Scott Alexander to the White Sox and Dodgers, respectively.
Mejia was a highly regarded prospect in the Dodgers organization and his versatility could be extremely useful for the Royals. Through 119 games in Triple-A Omaha, Mejia is slashing 0.275/0.347/0.390 with 20 doubles, 6 triples, 7 home runs, 60 RBI’s, and 17 stolen bases.
There’s a lot to like about Mejia. The 24-year old is a switch hitter, displays the ability to hit to all parts of the field and is known as a good defender as well.
"“He’s a guy who fits our makeup of players,” Moore said. “He’s a plus-plus runner who is a good defender. We’ve got a guy in Nicky Lopez and he is somewhat like him.”"
As the quote above alludes to, the team already has Nicky Lopez and Adalberto Mondesi should be coming back soon, but center field appears to still be up for grabs. Mejia has played 42 career games in center field and could be a solution that’s been lacking in Bubba Starling and Brett Phillips.