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Mitch Maier CFRoyals

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .245 3 26 22 3 .251 0.6
Birth Date6-30-1982
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age32 years, 3 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.62010
0.12011
-0.22012
2013
0.62014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 KCA 24 5 15 13 3 2 0 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .267 .154 .149 -1.7 -0.2 -0.2
2008 KCA 26 34 97 91 9 26 1 1 0 29 2 18 2 0 2 9 0 2 .286 .316 .319 .212 -3.0 0.8 -0.2
2009 KCA 27 127 397 341 42 83 15 3 3 113 43 76 4 2 7 31 9 2 .243 .333 .331 .235 6.0 4.3 1.0
2010 KCA 28 117 421 373 41 98 15 6 5 140 41 68 0 3 4 39 3 2 .263 .333 .375 .256 3.9 2.0 0.6
2011 KCA 29 45 113 95 19 22 4 3 0 32 16 32 1 1 0 7 1 0 .232 .345 .337 .242 -0.6 1.8 0.1
2012 KCA 30 32 74 64 8 11 1 1 2 20 8 24 0 1 1 7 2 0 .172 .260 .312 .214 -1.1 -0.6 -0.2
Career3601117977122242361410336112222771493156.248.327.344.2393.68.11.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2003 RY1 Rk 0 223 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .392 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BUR A 82 345 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .347 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WIL A+ 51 194 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .301 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HDS A+ 50 227 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .394 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WIC AA 80 342 .251 .270 .335 .420 .260 .280 117 -2.6 7.7 0.6 0.1 7.1 11.8 1.2 11.8 1.2
2006 KCA MLB 5 15 .149 .254 .303 .399 .233 .222 107 -1.9 0.5 -0.2 -0.2 0.1 -1.7 -0.2 -1.7 -0.2
2006 WIC AA 138 603 .294 .274 .350 .437 .273 .349 106 17.5 13.9 0.2 2.4 6.2 36.2 4.1 36.2 4.1
2007 OMA AAA 140 596 .258 .279 .344 .435 .262 .309 104 -1.6 17.7 -1.3 6.0 0.8 14.9 2.0 14.9 2.0
2008 KCA MLB 34 97 .212 .269 .333 .425 .263 .356 101 -5 2.8 0.2 0.8 -0.3 -3.0 -0.2 -3.0 -0.2
2008 OMA AAA 85 383 .284 .276 .345 .445 .262 .337 105 10.3 11.8 1.1 15.2 -1.4 21.2 3.5 21.2 3.5
2009 KCA MLB 127 397 .235 .268 .332 .430 .261 .303 105 -10.4 11.4 -0.4 4.3 1.3 6.0 1.0 6.0 1.0
2009 OMA AAA 12 60 .319 .267 .335 .412 .272 .341 93 3.9 1.8 -0.1 1.0 -0.4 5.4 0.6 5.4 0.6
2010 KCA MLB 117 421 .256 .260 .324 .407 .256 .307 111 -1.7 11.6 -1.2 2.0 -3.8 3.9 0.6 3.9 0.6
2011 KCA MLB 45 113 .242 .250 .315 .388 .254 .344 108 -2 3.0 -0.5 1.8 -0.7 -0.7 0.1 -0.6 0.1
2012 KCA MLB 32 74 .214 .252 .318 .406 .261 .231 101 -3.4 2.0 0.2 -0.6 1.1 -1.2 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2
2012 OMA AAA 38 156 .291 .286 .349 .437 .275 .343 104 5.5 4.6 -1.7 3.9 -0.1 8.2 1.2 8.5 1.2
2013 PAW AAA 31 137 .315 .270 .338 .407 .267 .381 98 8.2 3.9 -0.8 -0.2 3.4 13.0 1.3 13.0 1.3
2014 NWA AA 25 99 .261 .247 .318 .369 .256 .316 101 0.1 2.7 -0.9 1.0 -1.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 RY1 Rk 223 41 71 14 6 2 45 18 25 7 3 .350 .408 .507 .158 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WIL A+ 194 25 46 9 2 3 17 15 29 10 2 .264 .328 .391 .126 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BUR A 345 41 95 24 3 4 36 27 51 34 10 .300 .355 .432 .132 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WIC AA 342 55 82 21 5 7 49 15 47 10 3 .255 .292 .416 .161 .251 11.8 0.1 1.2
2005 HDS A+ 227 42 71 26 1 8 32 12 43 6 1 .336 .375 .583 .246 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 KCA MLB 15 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 .154 .267 .154 .000 .149 -1.7 -0.2 -0.2
2006 WIC AA 603 95 166 35 7 14 92 41 96 13 12 .306 .360 .473 .168 .294 36.2 2.4 4.1
2007 OMA AAA 596 75 152 29 5 14 62 33 89 7 2 .279 .322 .428 .149 .258 14.9 6.0 2.0
2008 KCA MLB 97 9 26 1 1 0 9 2 18 0 2 .286 .316 .319 .033 .212 -3.0 0.8 -0.2
2008 OMA AAA 383 57 109 24 1 9 41 29 42 12 3 .316 .368 .470 .154 .284 21.2 15.2 3.5
2009 OMA AAA 60 8 16 3 0 2 10 8 8 1 1 .314 .407 .490 .176 .319 5.4 1.0 0.6
2009 KCA MLB 397 42 83 15 3 3 31 43 76 9 2 .243 .333 .331 .088 .235 6.0 4.3 1.0
2010 KCA MLB 421 41 98 15 6 5 39 41 68 3 2 .263 .333 .375 .113 .256 3.9 2.0 0.6
2011 KCA MLB 113 19 22 4 3 0 7 16 32 1 0 .232 .345 .337 .105 .242 -0.6 1.8 0.1
2012 KCA MLB 74 8 11 1 1 2 7 8 24 2 0 .172 .260 .312 .141 .214 -1.1 -0.6 -0.2
2012 OMA AAA 156 25 38 4 1 4 17 21 31 2 1 .288 .385 .424 .136 .291 8.5 3.9 1.2
2013 PAW AAA 137 32 35 7 0 3 22 24 26 3 1 .310 .431 .451 .142 .315 13.0 -0.2 1.3
2014 NWA AA 99 14 21 5 0 3 8 9 30 0 0 .233 .303 .389 .156 .261 0.1 1.0 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 334 0.5329 0.5495 0.8251 0.6854 0.3910 0.8934 0.6885 0.1749
2009 1540 0.5169 0.4515 0.8384 0.6055 0.2836 0.9212 0.6493 0.1587
2010 1646 0.5103 0.4219 0.8516 0.5774 0.2593 0.9237 0.6842 0.1484
2011 515 0.4951 0.4019 0.7778 0.5608 0.2462 0.8182 0.6875 0.2174
2012 308 0.5065 0.4026 0.7742 0.5128 0.2895 0.8750 0.5909 0.2258
Career43430.51230.43850.83060.58910.27860.90450.66590.1678

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-01 2014-07-20 Minors 80 0 - Not Disclosed -
2013-08-03 2013-09-19 Minors 47 0 - Low Back Inflammation - -
2013-06-30 2013-08-01 Minors 32 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2013-04-23 2013-05-29 Minors 36 0 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2013-04-04 2013-04-14 Minors 10 0 Left Wrist Recovery From Sprain - -
2013-03-16 2013-03-30 Camp 14 0 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2010-09-26 2010-10-02 DTD 6 6 Left Knee Soreness -
2010-08-20 2010-08-21 DTD 1 0 Neck Soreness -
2008-08-21 2008-09-12 15-DL 22 19 Right Face Fracture Multiple Fractures -
2007-02-27 2007-02-27 Camp 0 0 Wrist Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHN $
2013 BOS $
2012 KCA $865,000
2011 KCA $459,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,324,000
2 yrTotal$1,324,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 1 dEric Sobocinski1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/19/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Chicago Cubs 3/29/14. Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 5/1/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Boston as a free agent 10/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.865M (2012). Re-signed by Kansas City 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonus: $10,000 for 100 plate appearances. DFA by Kansas City 7/4/12. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/14/12.
  • 1 year/$0.459M (2011). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/20/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/26/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4005M (2009). Re-signed by Kansas City 3/3/09 (split contract, $182,405 in minors). Optioned to Triple-A 4/4/09. Recalled 4/16/09. Optioned to Triple-A 7/17/09. Recalled 7/23/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/08. Optioned to Triple-A 3/29/08. Recalled 7/24/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/07 (minor-league contract). Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Recalled 9/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Kansas City 9/06.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2003 (1-30) (Toledo). Signed 6/03. $0.9M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 513 61 124 23 5 9 53 66 102 8 2 .281 .375 .416 .290 25.9 CF 1, RF 2 3.2
80o 492 56 112 21 4 8 48 60 101 7 2 .266 .357 .393 .276 18.2 CF 1, RF 2 2.4
70o 476 52 104 19 4 7 45 56 99 6 2 .255 .344 .377 .266 13.1 CF 1, RF 2 1.8
60o 463 49 98 18 4 7 43 53 98 6 2 .246 .333 .363 .257 8.9 CF 1, RF 2 1.3
50o 450 47 93 17 4 7 41 50 97 6 2 .237 .323 .350 .249 5.2 CF 1, RF 2 0.9
40o 437 44 87 16 3 6 39 47 96 5 2 .228 .312 .337 .241 1.7 CF 1, RF 2 0.5
30o 424 41 82 15 3 6 36 44 95 5 2 .219 .301 .324 .233 -1.8 CF 1, RF 2 0.1
20o 408 38 75 14 3 5 34 40 93 5 2 .209 .288 .308 .223 -5.7 CF 1, RF 2 -0.3
10o 387 34 67 12 3 5 30 36 90 4 1 .194 .270 .287 .209 -10.6 CF 1, RF 2 -0.8
Weighted Mean4564896184742519862.241.328.356.2536.9CF 1, RF 21.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 30% 5% 11% 80%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20153325026499132127583.223.311.313.2370.20.3-0.1-0.612.1-11.21.8
20163425026479132124592.216.297.316.231-0.2-3.4-0.3-0.614.9-17.41.8
20173557560108194848631413.214.303.313.2320.0-4.0-0.6-1.614.9-16.74.2
2018365265497183642551241.211.297.302.228-0.3-6.8-0.8-1.614.9-19.33.8
20193762864115204750661500.210.297.299.226-0.4-8.4-1.0-2.114.9-20.24.6
20203860160109193646621480.207.292.288.221-0.8-11.6-0.9-2.214.9-23.44.4
20213960160111194647621440.209.295.293.222-0.7-10.9-0.9-2.414.9-22.64.4
2022404134174132432431000.205.291.288.219-0.9-11.6-0.7-1.714.9-24.13.0
2023414794887153537511150.207.294.293.222-0.8-10.5-0.8-2.114.9-22.53.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
23.116.24.411.64.80.160.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Willie Harris 2010 .240
2 83 Bobby Kielty 2009 .000 DNP
3 81 Gary Matthews 2007 .260
4 80 Nyjer Morgan 2013 .000 DNP
5 80 Ryan Freel 2008 .253
6 80 Cesar Cedeno 1983 .250
7 80 Jody Gerut 2010 .242
8 80 Robin Yount 1988 .307
9 79 Reed Johnson 2009 .265
10 79 Chet Lemon 1987 .293
11 79 Marlon Byrd 2010 .289
12 78 Ryan Spilborghs 2012 .000 DNP
13 78 Tony Gonzalez 1969 .274
14 78 John Baker 2013 .140
15 78 Emil Brown 2007 .230
16 78 Amos Otis 1979 .290
17 77 Kosuke Fukudome 2009 .281
18 77 Ken Griffey 1982 .268
19 77 Matt Treanor 2008 .230
20 77 Rusty Greer 2001 .269
21 77 Coco Crisp 2012 .272
22 77 Fred Lewis 2013 .000 DNP
23 77 Jason Michaels 2008 .230
24 77 Ramon Vazquez 2009 .235
25 77 Jerry Mumphrey 1985 .266
26 77 Kenny Lofton 1999 .290
27 77 Wally Moon 1962 .260
28 76 Brian Downing 1983 .278
29 76 Austin Kearns 2012 .261
30 76 Ramon Santiago 2012 .198
31 76 Roy White 1976 .297
32 76 Mark Kotsay 2008 .251
33 76 Merv Rettenmund 1975 .245
34 76 Jim King 1965 .286
35 76 Don Baylor 1981 .277
36 76 Esteban German 2010 .238
37 76 Jose Cruz 1980 .294
38 76 Gene Woodling 1955 .273
39 76 Jim Northrup 1972 .252
40 76 Gary Roenicke 1987 .264
41 76 Aaron Rowand 2010 .242
42 75 Akinori Iwamura 2011 .000 DNP
43 75 Bobby Higginson 2003 .249
44 75 Junior Spivey 2007 .000 DNP
45 75 Ronny Paulino 2013 .000 DNP
46 75 Rob Mackowiak 2008 .178
47 75 Bobby Murcer 1978 .278
48 75 Miguel Ojeda 2007 .000 DNP
49 75 Pete Rose 1973 .316
50 75 Johnny Grubb 1981 .238
51 75 Bob Skinner 1964 .253
52 75 Chuck Hinton 1966 .276
53 75 Ryan Garko 2013 .000 DNP
54 75 Gates Brown 1971 .342
55 75 Len Dykstra 1995 .253
56 74 Bruce Bochte 1983 .000 DNP
57 74 Mark DeRosa 2007 .265
58 74 Marco Scutaro 2008 .259
59 74 Jay Gibbons 2009 .000 DNP
60 74 Felipe Lopez 2012 .000 DNP
61 74 Jay Johnstone 1978 .217
62 74 Ryan Church 2011 .000 DNP
63 74 Brady Anderson 1996 .333
64 74 Ryan Roberts 2013 .255
65 74 Terry Puhl 1989 .271
66 74 Al Zarilla 1951 .291
67 74 Brett Butler 1989 .261
68 74 Elmer Valo 1953 .265
69 74 Mike Fontenot 2012 .244
70 74 Luis Gonzalez 2000 .306
71 74 Von Hayes 1991 .229
72 74 Tommy Harper 1973 .287
73 74 Mike Lamb 2008 .221
74 74 Sixto Lezcano 1986 .000 DNP
75 74 Steve Finley 1997 .267
76 73 Tim Raines 1992 .303
77 73 Eric Byrnes 2008 .222
78 73 Matthew Lecroy 2008 .000 DNP
79 73 Billy Williams 1970 .325
80 73 Norm Siebern 1966 .276
81 73 Jack Hannahan 2012 .244
82 73 Jose Cardenal 1976 .262
83 73 Sal Bando 1976 .296
84 73 Jackie Jensen 1959 .301
85 73 Paul O'Neill 1995 .302
86 73 Scott Podsednik 2008 .234
87 73 Toby Harrah 1981 .293
88 73 Harvey Kuenn 1963 .279
89 73 Kevin McReynolds 1992 .298
90 73 Robb Quinlan 2009 .213
91 73 Vernon Wells 2011 .243
92 73 Jerry Hairston 1984 .283
93 73 Keith Ginter 2008 .000 DNP
94 73 Minnie Minoso 1958 .309
95 73 Dave Bergman 1985 .186
96 73 Fred Valentine 1967 .272
97 73 Randy Bush 1991 .303
98 73 Keith Moreland 1986 .246
99 73 Greg Dobbs 2011 .255
100 72 Randy Ready 1992 .245

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Over the last several years, Maier carved out a nice little spot for himself as a fourth outfielder. His bat is replacement level, but his defense—and his willingness to accept his limited role—keeps him around. The risk the fourth outfielder runs is he can disappear for long stretches if the guys he’s backing up are putting up quality numbers. With the Royals absolutely delighted with the production provided by the Gordon-Cabrera-Francoeur troika, it was nearly impossible for Maier to get himself a plate appearance. Never one to be perturbed by lack of playing time, with the Royals short on bullpen arms he did find himself on the mound at one point last summer, tossing a scoreless inning in a July contest against the Red Sox. According to PITCHf/x, Maier threw mostly change-ups and topped 80 mph once. His future is definitely as a fourth outfielder.
2011 Maier is a quality defender in center field, but his performance at the plate can't keep pace with his glove work. Replacement-level hitting mixed with above-average defense is not a recipe for success; it sounds more like the skill set of a fifth outfielder, but Maier logged even more plate appearances in 2010 than he had the year prior, when he was shown to be stretched in an everyday role. He has an odd career split, with more power against his fellow lefties than right-handers, but neither line is capable of exciting anyone besides the opposing pitcher. Maier will be 29 in late June, so he isn't going to get any better; the team's rather desperate signings of Jeff Francoeur and Melky Cabrera was a tacit acknowledgment of this reality.
2010 Slated to be organizational depth at Triple-A, injuries let Maier spend almost the entire season in the majors. Despite his defensive abilities (including 11 outfield assists, 10 while playing center), his replacement-level offensive production still had the front office scrambling for even worse alternatives, Ryan Freel and Josh Anderson. Those of us who have anxieties, who must resort to drugs like Paxil and Xanax to calm the clamoring, crazy voices in our minds, would very much like a bottle of whatever it is that lets you live in a problem-free world where Anderson and Freel are seen as improvements. On a better team, Maier could be a valuable fourth outfielder, but given their lack of center fielders, the Royals may again require more than he's able to give.
2009 After a decent performance for Omaha, Maier got off to a good start with Kansas City before August 20, when he was nailed in the face while trying to bunt a Zach Jackson fastball. The pitch broke three bones, but Maier was back on the field three and a half weeks later. The Royals left Maier off the 40-man in 2007 and he went unclaimed in the Rule 5 draft, but last year's modest breakout reserved him a spot.
2008 Maier is a solid Triple-A player: solid power, solid average, solid defense, solid contact ability. Unfortunately, being merely solid in Triple-A means that you're likely to get eaten alive in the majors. How Maier hits in his next 50 major league plate appearances could determine whether he winds up with a ten-year career as a fourth outfielder, or spends the next decade bussing around the minors. No pressure, kid.
2007 Lubanski was moved to left field to make room for Maier in center, as the former collegiate catcher continued to impress with his defensive skills in the outfield. Maier`s greatest strength is a lack of weaknesses; he hits for a good average with lots of doubles power, has an adequate walk rate, and runs about as well as can be expected from a former catcher. Conversely, his greatest weakness is a lack of any one obvious strength, limiting his projection to that of a fourth outfielder.
2006 Lubanski`s fellow 2003 1st rounder, Maier has moved from catcher to third to the outfield, and from relevance to irrelevance along the way. He briefly got plaudits as the new `Earl of Doublin` after smoking 26 doubles in 50 games for High Desert, but the air went out of his numbers on the way to Wichita. The erosion in his plate discipline is a major red flag. Despite publicly preaching the gospel of selectivity, the Royals either don`t truly believe in it or don`t know how to teach it. Maier`s a classic tweener, doing a little bit of everything, but not enough of anything to man a corner outfield spot in the major leagues.
2005 The stat of the year for the Royals was that Maier, drafted in the first round out of the University of Toledo as a catcher in 2003, stole 44 bases last season—more than Carlos Beltran. Unfortunately, the Royals weren't looking for a flash of blinding speed, but the thump of a power; on that score, he was a bit of a disappointment. Seven homers and 42 walks might be acceptable if he were still behind the plate, but his catching days are behind him, and after committing 27 errors at third base last season, his likely destination is a corner outfield spot. Unless his bat perks up significantly this season, Maier looks destined to become a tweener.

BP Articles

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The BP Wayback Machine: Another Opening DayKevin Goldstein2014-04-03
Daily Roundup: Around the League: March 31, 2013Joe Hamrahi2013-03-31
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The BP Wayback Machine: Another Opening DayKevin Goldstein2012-04-05
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given their recent history with getting position players across the gulf from "prospect potential" to actual "big league performance", and given the bus loads of fine prospects they've been amassing recently, should they be making some changes in their minor league operations to try to get the best results from these kids? They've had some fine youngsters just not realize the potential implied by their MLEs. Beltran was a long time ago...
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
Given the Beltran shout out at the end I was able to deduce that by "they" you mean the Royals. And yes, the Royals should be playing their young players. Nobody goes to their games even with "superstars" like Jose Guillen and Gil Meche, so go ahead and win 66 games with the young guys, let them begin to develop at the MLB level, and see what happens. I don't think it's as much their MiLB operations as it is the way the MLB team operates. Don't sign Francoeur when you have Mitch Maier. Don't look at a third baseman if you have Moustakas. Don't screw with Alex Gordon when he deserves an MLB roster spot, etc. (Eric Seidman)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)"Don't sign Francoeur when you have Mitch Maier." I don't get it. Francoeur is younger than Maier, has more upside, and wasn't expensive. What's the point of playing Maier every day?
(bishopscreed from Bangkok)
He does not have more upside, and while he might not be expensive, it was an unneeded expense. Francoeur is not a difference maker. If you want to sign an outfielder, sign an outfielder. Don't sign someone who looks like he should be great and isn't, UNLESS you are going to strictly use him in a platoon role. Color me skeptical that Francouer DOESN'T play everyday. (Eric Seidman)
2010-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)What the holy-heck is Alex Gordon going in AAA!? And I mean besides raking. Isn't he too young and have a far superior prospect pedigree to be treated as if he's 4A?
(WilliamWilde from Boston, MA)
We've been having a desultory discussion on our internal mailing list as to what the heck the Royals are thinking, though "thinking" may be setting the bar too high. It's not just Gordon, it's Ka'aihue (recall that Ken Phelps came up as a Royal and they refused him too), it's Chris Getz, it's Podsednik and Mitch Maier... There are so many areas where they might tinker around the edges and get a few more runs on the board. If it's obvious to us it's obvious to them, so the question is why don't they care? (Steven Goldman)
2010-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: Alex Gordon. Mere mortals are not permitted to question "the process". In theory he is learning how to play LF/RF. Unfortunately for the moment those two positions are occupied. DeJesus is having a better season than we could expect Gordon to have and Pods is, well, Pods. GMDM doesn't admit to mistakes about players he acquires thru trade or free agency. Until the Royals cut bait on Jose Guillen there is no roster spot for Kila. And Mitch Maier is a much better option as a 4th OFer who can play all the positions as opposed to Rick Ankiel who can't play any of them.
(kcboomer from kc)
See, that sounds like megalomania. I know things that Moore has said about "the process" sort of SOUND like that, but I doubt he really believes it inasmuch as he doesn't know what he really should say. Which means that what he's really thinking remains a mystery, or he's not confident enough in what he's thinking to tell us, or... Gee, maybe megalomania really is the simplest answer. (Steven Goldman)


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