And now, we present to you, in the tradition of Josh Anderson, Hideo Nomo, and Jason Standridge... the most random Royal of 2010!
Close, but not random enough:
Jai Miller: Vaguely interesting AAA player picked up by the Royals in season. Appears to be a classic tweener: isn't a CF and can't really hit well enough to be a good COF. Is named Randall but goes by annoyingly spelled middle name of "Jai." A sure bet to cycle through four more organizations, at least, in next six years, before leaving baseball. Truly random organizational filer, yet can't be the most random Royal of 2010, because Yost gave him 60 PAs. It seemed like 600.
Greg Holland: A 2007 draft pick who drew a random callup in August. Holland has been decent in the minors, but even the relatively insane world of prospectdom doesn't usually get too excited over minor league RPs. Holland was one of the first (the first?) Moore draftee to make the squad. Although he appeared on the roster out of nowhere, Holland can't win the award because he likely has a long future with the organization. Maybe not a great one, but one. Also, he struck out a zillion guys in his 15 appearances.
Philip Humber: Gave the Royals 21.2 random innings late in the season. Was not terrible, yet inspired no one. He can't be the most random because he's a formerly hyped prospect and was a part of one of the biggest trades of the decade.
Bryan Bullington: Similar to Humber, Bullington's third chance with the Royals is a classic example of how bad teams and once-loved players are a match made in heaven. He was about as blah as we expected, but he was also around a fair amount, pitching over 40 innings and even inspiring a "wait, is he ok?" post from me.
The Two Finalists... You Pick:
Lucas May: At mid-summer, Lucas or Luke May was a soon-to-be minor league free agent trying to reinvent himself as a catcher in the Dodger system. Then, the Royals decided to trade Scott Podsednik and the Dodgers, to the surprise of many, decided to be buyers. For whatever reason, May became a part of the trade. Later, the Royals beloved Jason Kendall injured himself, allowing Kendall to appear in KC. May gave us 39 random PAs, at a time when 99% of the fans had completely zoned out on the season. All in all, one of the least memorable .421 OPS with probably bad catcher defense seasons imaginable.
John Parrish: The Royals, in spite of a fair number of deadline deals, actually had a pretty stable roster in 2010. For a bad team, they didn't really feature a high number of players. Parrish however, hearkened back to some classically bad Royals teams. He was old (32) and was in the wandering phase of his career. A flameout of/from the Baltimore system, Parrish has, since 2005, spent time in the Blue Jay and Mariner organizations, and has either also missed multiple seasons due to injury and or played in Japan/elsewhere. Does it matter which? Parrish made the team's bullpen out of Spring Training, and in the first 17 games of the season, made nine appearances, totally six innings. I think I follow the Royals closer than 99.9% of Americans and I can vouch to you that a) back in April I had only the flimsiest notion of his existence and b) by June I would not have recognized his name at all. Random. The funnier thing is that Trey Hillman, Dayton Moore, or someone, actually kinda sorta liked him for a time being.