Kansas City Royals Depth Analysis: Center Field
The Kansas City Royals did not quite have a revolving door at center field this year, but injuries and dips in form meant that they had trouble settling on a single everyday player. As a consequence, however, we saw a lot of their depth and have a very good idea about what the options are should such a situation arise again.
Lorenzo Cain – Cain was projected to be the everyday center fielder at the start of the season. And he was the everyday center fielder at the start of the season, a position he held for five games. In the last of those he injured his leg crashing into the wall (and turning a brilliant double play). He came back after the All-Star break and played everyday for most of the rest of the season, before another injury shut him down with three weeks to go. He’ll likely be the first choice again next year, though might have to prove it in Spring Training.
Jarrod Dyson – Dyson’s blazing speed and good arm make him an excellent center fielder and an ideal looking leadoff man. But his bat control has not really caught up with his talent and he is too erratic to play everyday at the moment. The Royals would like to see him put up a serious challenge to Cain, but he will have to do a bit of work first.
Jason Bourgeois – Bourgeois was acquired in Spring Training and then called up to be the backup center fielder when Cain went on the DL early in the season. Bourgeois is a decent player, but he is only borderline major league quality. Right now he is only a good backup and could be dealt away.
David Lough – Lough came up at the end of the season for a look after putting up good AAA numbers. He is generally a corner outfielder, but had over thirty games in center at AAA, so could play there in a pinch if the Royals needed to rest someone without putting them on the DL.