With the exception of the second base position, the Kansas City Royals‘ starting infield looks very well set. But, the devil is in the details. In an ongoing series, we will look at the individuals in camp who are fighting for a spot in the Royals’ infield, and make a prediction as to where they will be come Opening Day.
Billy Butler is in the infielder category by virtue of his technically still being able to play first base. But, his value is as a designated hitter, and it hardly needs to be said just how valuable he is. He was recognized last year as the best designated hitter in baseball, and led the Royals in all of the Triple Crown categories.
Prediction: Opening Day DH, though the interesting question will be where he plays when the Royals play in a National League park in the second series of the year.
Christian Colon was the Royals’ first round draft pick in 2010 and has spent most of his career at Double-A. He got some time with Triple-A Omaha at the end of last year, and has another non-roster invite to the big league camp this year. If he is in the running for a backup spot, it is only as a very dark horse. With the Royals well stocked on the infield, he is probably playing to prove that he belongs at Triple-A this year.
Prediction: Probably back to Double-A, at least for the start of the year.