Kansas City Royals Miss Emilio Bonifacio as Replacement Players Struggle
A lack of offense for the Kansas City Royals is a well-trodden topic right now, but there’s good reason for it. With anything that resembled a strong offense, the Royals could easily be contending for their division and would almost unquestionably be in the thick of the Wild Card race. Instead, their lack of firepower at the plate leaves four different teams between KC and their ticket to the postseason. The surprising struggles of batters in the heart of the order has been well-documented, but the complete absence of productivity from KC’s utility men also deserves much of the blame.
Jimmy Paredes and Pedro Ciriaco have both been completely ineffective with the bat this season. In 46 combined at-bats this year, this duo is responsible for two extra-base hits and two RBI. Ciriaco is currently .222 with a .278 slugging percentage, and Paredes has only two singles to show for his 10 ABs in Kansas City. These two also managed to strike out 11 times so far without ever drawing a walk.
A lack of power and plate discipline has cursed the Royals to mediocrity and worse all season long. This ineptitude from current utility players makes it hard not to resent management in KC for the loss of utility man extraordinaire, Emilio Bonifacio.
This once-beloved former Royal is hitting .271 with 13 RBI and 10 doubles as a starter for the Chicago Cubs. Did we really need Jimmy Paredes or Carlos Peguero that badly? Did we really not think Bonifacio deserved a decent one-year deal? Whatever the reason, it was a mistake, and recent struggles from every replacement infielder in Kansas City proves that unequivocally.