Royals Positional Depth Charts – Right Handed Relievers
Heading into last season it would have been a pretty simple proposition to line up an organizational depth chart at each position considering the Royals had the #1 farm system based primarily on the strength at the top. A year later with the graduation of 9 different prospects the organization looks much different but despite that large number of graduations the farm system was still rated the #3 overall talent organization in all of baseball according to Baseball America. This ranking was built largely on the overall depth something I‚Äôll show you over the next few days.
Right Handed Relievers
The Royals have enjoyed the work of a few good closers in their time with the likes of Dan Quisenberry, Jeff Montgomery and Joakim Soria running from the caged fence. ¬†It’s not always about the closer role as we all know the bullpen has become a cost-effective way for a team with fewer funds to compete, if you can continually run controlled arms at reasonable contracts in the 7th, 8th and even 9th then a team like Kansas City can afford to spend elsewhere. ¬†With that knowledge Kansas City will have to continue to develop similar right-handed arms to what they ran through last year in Greg Holland, Blake Wood and Louis Coleman if they want to compete with bigger markets Detroit and Chicago.
#1 Kelvin Herrera – Herrera has been my personal cheeseball of the Royals franchise since his first years in Burlington back in 2008. ¬†I’ve always loved his combination of three pitches and low to mid 90s velocity while having the ability to throw strikes at such a young age with all three pitches. ¬†If it wasn’t for injuries we would be talking about Herrera and his arsenal pushing for a spot in the rotation but with the arm problems we now find him pushing for a spot in the this years bullpen. ¬†Last year brought a spike in velocity to triple digits to go with his good curve and change-up giving Kelvin a chance to be this years version of Greg Holland as a shut down arm in the 6th, 7th and 8th.
#2 Patrick Keating – Keating encountered arm problems last season but his fellow Florida buddy and roommate Kevin Chapman says that Keating’s arm is fresh and ready to go for this year. ¬†Keating when healthy features a good 91-95 mph fastball and solid breaking ball while also toting a show me change-up. ¬†He doesn’t have huge closer upside but could be a nice fill in 7th inning arm down the line to fill in if GMDM would choose to trade someone.
#3 Elisaul Pimentel – Probably a surprise name to see here at #3 but I really like Pimentel’s upside out of the pen. ¬†In a rotation role Pimentel two pitches aren’t quite enough since he has trouble repeating mechanics and doesn’t have a usable change. ¬†Out of the pen though I think his fastball could play up into the mid 90s range than the lower range currently and his slider is good enough pitch to combine with it in short stints. ¬†He’s pitched better against lefties than righties because of his ability to put his slider in on lefties but a raise¬†in velocity with his fastball could make the slider a plus pitch versus righties as well. ¬†Pimentel is my pick for a bullpen arm to push his way to Omaha soon and perhaps get an inning or two in Kansas City in September.
#4 Kendal Volz – Acquired in the Mike Aviles trade Volz a former starter from Baylor features a low 90s fastball, a couple of breaking balls with his big 6’5 frame. ¬†His arsenal and results are much better for a long reliever than a 7th and 8th inning option but he could also be used in RH vs RH matchups if his results from last year remain constant (sub .500 OPS).
Edwin Carl - I have lots of doubts but Carl’s numbers at Idaho Falls were remarkable at 19+ K/9.
Michael Mariot – Long reliever potential will get a test in AA this season.
Ali Williams – Big fastball already touching 96 with a slider could zip through the lower levels this season.
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