Cody Tapp

Cody's Corner: Lucas Duda joins the competition for the final roster spot

WITH VIDEO OF DUDA ON HIS SIGNING

Cody Tapp
March 22, 2019 - 6:26 pm
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The Royals added another player to the 25 man mix today when they signed Lucas Duda to a minor league deal. 

Duda was with the Royals for part of the season last year, and hit .242 with 13 HRs for the Royals in his 87 games last year. 

 

The singing does come very late in the game and raises some questions about what it does for Frank Schwindel’s chance at the final roster spot. Ned Yost said today that they wouldn’t have brought him in if he didn’t have a shot at the opening for the Royals. 

I also heard some were wondering if this meant that maybe there was an injury to O’Hearn or Dozier but Ned said it wasn’t the case. 

 

Here is what Lucas Duda had to say about joining KC

 

“He is not here to stifle O’Hearn or Dozier” he had said today with the media, but he didn’t mention anyone else. 

 

The reason why the deal confuses me if they seem to have plenty of left handed hitting with Gordon, Goodwin, and O’Hearn in the mix. For Frank Schwindel the question that seemingly keeps holding the Royals up, is his defense. His hitting has spoken for itself so far in his career, and he is having a fine spring as well. Hitting .304/364/.457 with a pair of HRs so far. 

 

Personally I would like for them to give Schwindel the chance to prove his worth with the big league team, but they have been hesitant to make that move so far. It might only be a short lived conversaton is the other part. When Duffy returns the Royals will have to decide between carrying the extra position player we expect them to in the begginning, or to keep an eight man bullpen moving forward. Whoever gets this spot might only have it for two weeks...

 

The other note today was that Meibrys Viloria was optioned down to AA today. The Royals want him to get every day at bats, and won’t rule out seeing him at some point this season. Ned Yost said they think Viloria can be an everyday catcher, and that it is important that he get to do that in the minors, rather than getting limited opportunity in the big leagues. 

 

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Cody Tapp

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