So far this season, the majority of the players on the field for the Kansas City Royals have all been familiar faces to the team and the fans around the city. There are numerous players within the organization who are projected to be part of the team’s success in the future, but not many of them are ready to help the ball club right now. There are, however, a few players who could have an impact on the team this season and could become familiar faces to the ball club soon.
Many thought that Christian Colon would have reached the big leagues by now and possibly be the second baseman of the future for the Royals. With the signing of Omar Infante, the Royals are in no rush to call up Colon. When Infante went down with an injury earlier this season, it was a good opportunity for the organization to finally give Colon a chance at second base, but instead they chose to try out Johnny Giavotella again and give Pedro Ciraco a chance as well. Colon is not spectacular in any area of his game, but he is solid at almost everything. He has a lot of tools that could benefit the big league club, and it would surprise me if he wasn’t given his first chance to play for the Royals at some point this season.
At one point not too long ago, the Royals had numerous promising pitching prospects in their organization and quite a few of those were left-handed. Some of those prospects have moved on through trades and other avenues, but out of those players that remain is John Lamb and he is candidate to get his first chance to make an impact for the Royals in 2014. Lamb missed the entire 2011 season with Tommy John surgery, but after fully recovering, the 6-4, 205 pound lefty could eventually be part of the Royals starting rotation.
With the offensive numbers near the bottom of the league, the Royals need a player that can provide power to the lineup as well as be an everyday player. Not a lot has been said about Carlos Peguero regarding his future in the organization, but the 6-5, 250 pound right fielder has the potential at possibly being the Royals fourth or fifth outfielder in the second half of the season. It will be hard to beat Jarrod Dyson out of playing time with his speed, but Peguero is a big, strong hitter that could have an impact on the Royals lineup at some point along the way this season.
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