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Brett Hayes as the Sleeper Utility Guy

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If Kansas City avoids double-headers and Salvador Perez avoids Houston dugouts, New York concussions, and family emergencies, Brett Hayes should be comfortable finding a spot on the bench. Not counting double-headers and Salvador's absences due to dugouts, concussions, and family, Ned Yost rarely rested Perez. Brett Hayes will see little time behind the plate, but he could be valuable as the forgotten utility player.

Salvador Perez sat out 24 games last season, but missed two due to the Houston dugout, nine for family matters, and seven for the New York concussion. If none of those problems happen in 2014, Ned Yost might have Salvy watch Brett Hayes for six whole games.

Salvador Perez sat out one whole game because of a double-header. If we avoid make-up games, Ned Yost might have Salvy watch Brett Hayes for five whole games.

I grant that Salvador Perez did not always either start the game as a catcher or complete a game as a catcher, but Brett Hayes should be able to cover those infrequent occurrences. Last season, Perez actually had to strap on the pads to replace the existing catcher later in the game eleven times, including twice in double-headers. Salvador should get plenty of playing time.

If Brett Hayes only gets to catch five whole games next season, not only should one rejoice that Perez stayed healthy, but Brett Hayes solves the roster crunch of utility player off the bench in case of injury. Few know that Hayes has played every position but pitcher and center field at one time in his professional (major + minor) career. Consider:

Hosmer goes down late in the game, only Hayes is left on the bench. Hayes has six pro games at first base.

Infante goes down late in the game, only Hayes is left on the bench. Hayes has one pro game at second base.

Escobar goes down late in the game, only Hayes is left on the bench. Hayes has one pro game at shortstop.

Moustakas goes down late in the game, only Hayes is left on the bench. Hayes has one pro game at third base.

Aoki goes down late in the game, only Hayes is left on the bench. Hayes has one pro game in right field.

Gordon goes down late in the game, only Hayes is left of the bench. Hayes has two pro games in left field.

With Brett Hayes available in case of injuries, Kansas City should be able to go without a true utility infielder. We should not worry that Hayes won't be able to fill in at a position like shortstop because Brett was used earlier in the game as a pinch-hitter. One might ask Brayan Pena or George Kottaras about the likelihood of swinging a bat off the bench for the Royals. Ned likes to save his replacement catcher for true emergencies. Brett Hayes is Mr. Emergency.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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