Third base looks to be locked down after the Royals signed a third baseman during the offseason, but Kelvin Gutierrez could still see some time in a backup role, or later in the season.
3A. Kelvin Gutierrez
This pick may surprise some since there is a good chance Brady Singer plays at the majors this year, but I believe Gutierrez is primed for a good second season. Gutierrez has been known as a good all-around hitter, with a plus arm and some problems in the field.
This year will be very tough for him though with the signing of Maikel Franco taking the hot corner. I believe Gutierrez will win a bench spot being the backup third baseman and if Franco gets traded mid-season, hopefully, Gutierrez will shine as an everyday player.
The main problem with this pick is that if Maikel Franco doesn’t get traded, it would make this pick irrelevant. I firmly believe that Franco will get traded for prospects or draft capital, and since his deal was a one year deal for $3 million he should be a prime target for competitive teams who need a third baseman.
For the first half of the season though Gutierrez will be riding the bench waiting for spot starts throughout the first half of the season. This year is kind of a prove-it year for Gutierrez, as he is 25 years old, to see if he can be the long term third baseman.