Thursday, April 9, 2009

Royals add another IF at Omaha

So it looks like this "plan" that Dayton Moore has concieved to bring the Royals back to greatness involves stockpiling your team at pitcher and ... wait for it ... first base!

Umm ... huh?

Yeah, the Royals added yet another first baseman to the mix at Triple-A Omaha (where the club already has sluggers Kila Ka'aihue and Ryan Shealy) when they picked up Travis Metcalf off waivers from the Rangers today. Metcalf, a Kansas native, hit .249 with 11 homers and 35 homers in 80 games for the Rangers over the last two years.

Note: Metcalf is listed as a third baseman, but he does not project as a big league third baseman. He is pretty rough at that position, and it is almost certain that he will eventually be moved to first. He likely won't be moved there right away with the Royals, but eventually I see it happening. He has some pop, but strikes out a ton. Alas, Mike Jacobs. So I'm calling him a first baseman.

I kind of like this move, but I wonder how they are going to split the at-bats down on the farm?


Ray W said...

Metcalf is a Third baseman

Levi "Tug" Payton said...

Thanks Ray. That first base thing was meant as my projection but I now realize I failed to point that out. God I need a copy editor. Have you ever seen the guy play in person? I have seen him tons of times in the minors and majors and he's destined for first base. It's just a matter of time. Horrible third baseman. He may not have the stick for first, but he doesn't have the ability at third.

Ray W said...

No haven't seen him in person but from what I have seen you're right about projecting him at 1st and frankly I don't like his bat at either of the corner infield positions.

Levi "Tug" Payton said...

Exactly. I agree as well. I don't think this signing is a very exciting one.