Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Royals Sign 4 to Minor League Deals

Today the Royals announced the addition of four players on Minor League deals for the 2012 season. So without further ado...

Greg Golson Word on the street is that Golson is oozing raw athleticism. For his Major League career he has hit to the tune of .195/.214/.244 line. But the former first round pick has a .263/.311/.396 line in 855 minor league games. In 2008, Baseball America even rated Golson as the 8th best prospect in the Phillies' organization stating
"Golson's five-tool package makes him the system's top athlete. His plus-plus speed stands out the most... He also provides above-average power, center-field defense, and arm strength."
Golson should provide the Royals with some more outfield depth. Right now Maier or Dyson figure to be the Royals' fourth outfielder. The other could be in Omaha with David Lough. Golson figures to provide more insurance, Golson still has a ton of athleticism and is on the right side of the aging curve so I like this addition. Depth is a good thing.

Max Ramirez In 2009, Max Ramirez came in as the 10th best prospect in the Rangers system. Ramirez was described as a "natural hitter who works the count and drives the ball to all fields." Ramirez is a bat first catcher with limited defensive ability. Ramirez is now 27 years old, and has yet to establish himself at the Major League level. For the Royals he'll provide depth at the catcher position. Personally, if Brayan Pena were to get injured I would be more intrigued by Ramirez taking his spot as Salvador Perez's back up than Manuel Pina.

Juan Gutierrez Gutierrez will be on the DL for most of 2012, after undergoing Tommy John surgery in September. Gutierrez has a career ERA+ of 91. Gutierrez is an interesting arm, but my guess is that he'll eventually surface in mid-August in Omaha's bullpen and never reach Kansas City.

Francisley Bueno Bueno posted an ERA of 4.15 last year in the Mexican League. I'm going to guess that he'll spend the summer in Northwest Arkansas's bullpen, maybe even Omaha if he can pitch well enough in the early going.

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