Back by popular demand, it’s the NL edition of that thing where you get to see all the amazing things everyone who was Raised Royal but abandoned daddy Glass and daddy Dayton and daddy Ned to strike it rich.
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Lane Adams made it to the big leagues for the first time since 2014 and pinch hit in 9 of 11 games before being demoted again. He got 3 singles and had 2 stolen bases. Emilio Bonifacio, former Royal and big bro to the streaking Jorge Bonifacio, was hitting .132 with only 2 extra base hits in 38 games before he was recently designated for assignment.
Jonathan Broxton had a 6.89 ERA in 20 appearances before being designated for assignment.
Ben Zobrist is having his worst offensive season since 2010, but he’s still a positive contributor and has a wRC+ over 100. Wade Davis has a predictably minuscule ERA and plenty of strike outs; he hasn’t gotten hurt yet, either. Mike Montgomery is walking more than 5 per 9 innings, but he still has an ERA under 2.50 while pitching in long relief.
Gregor Blanco, who played 49 games for the 2010 Royals, is continuing his decline from his quality seasons in San Franscisco but he does at least carry a positive fWAR so far this year, after a -0.7 fWAR last year. Jorge de la Rosa is now a full time reliever and has a 3.86 ERA but is walking too many guys, so he has a negative fWAR for now. Zack Greinke has bounced back and has already compiled more fWAR than he did all of last season. Rey Fuentes has already accrued his career worst fWAR for a season in 14 games.
In only 14 games and 3 starts Brett Eibner already has a pair of home runs, but not much else going for him.
The current incarnation of the eccentric Johnny Cueto should look pretty familiar to Royals fans; he has a 4.38 ERA so far this year while going 5-5 for one of the few teams worse than the Royals, this year. Orlando Calixte was recently recalled from their AAA affiliate after a hot start there. He has become their starter in left field for the time being but has struck out in more than one-third of his plate appearances, so far - more than his hits and walks combined. He also did this:
Edinson Volquez has seen a massive spike in both his strike outs and walks, his ERA is better than last year but his FIP and xFIP say he’s basically the same pitcher. And yet, somehow, he managed to pitch a no-hitter for the Marlins Saturday afternoon. He walked 2 while striking out 10 and ultimately faced only 27 batters because Brandon Drury gifted him with a pair of double plays. He retired the first 12 batters he faced and he struck out 7 of the last 9, including all 3 he faced he in the final inning.
Another thing that hasn’t changed about steady Eddy is that he is a class act; he dedicated the Marlins’ sixth franchise No-No to former teammate Yordano Ventura and Jose Fernandez.
Mike Aviles played in 3 games without a hit before being outrighted back to AAA so they could claim Christian Colon off of waivers. Colon has played in 6 games for the Marlins with a single and a double to his name.
Joe Blanton has an ERA over 9.00 but accompanies it with some truly, unsustainably terrible peripherals. He’s currently allowing a third of his flyballs to leave the park and otherwise allowing a BABIP of .368. Expect him to rebound a bit, soon. Jeremy Guthrie made what was probably the final start he’ll ever make as a big league pitcher earlier this year to even more disastrous results and carries a 135.00 ERA in 2017.
Wil Myers has hit a bunch of home runs but is otherwise striking out more and walking less than ever before. He’s still contributing but not nearly as much as last year.
Daniel Nava looks like maybe he figured out how to hit again - he’s currently carrying a 137 wRC+. It almost certainly won’t stay that high, but he’s done it in limited playing time so it’s not just a random hot streak carrying him, either. Andres Blanco has doubled his career walk rate, so far, but his BABIP and ISO have both disappeared so the walks are practically his only offensive contribution.
Brandon Finnegan made the opening day rotation, but suffered a left shoulder strain after his third start and is currently on the 60-day DL. His first start went well, but he left the second start after only 2 innings due to the injury and then the third start after only one. Cody Reed also made the opening day roster, but as a reliever. His first four outings were scoreless before he had a spot start at the end of April but gave up 7 runs in only 2 innings, walking 5. He made 2 more relief appearances - walking 6 more in only 4 innings and allowing runs both times before he was optioned to their AAA affiliate. John Lamb has not yet seen time in the big leagues this year and is currently serving a 50 game suspension for a second positive drug test for a drug of abuse.
A lot of people panned the Rockies for signing Greg Holland to as much guaranteed money as they gave him but they’re looking like absolute geniuses, right now. Holly is completely dominating in the NL; he’s already got 21 saves and an ERA under 2 for what has turned out to be a surprisingly good team.
Billy Butler, Aaron Crow, and Johnny Damon all remain free agents. Tim Collins is currently on the 60-Day disabled list for the Nationals’ AAA affiliate. That’s everyone I can think of. Who did I miss? Where do you think the future former Royals will end up playing?