The Royals have called up infielder Adalberto Mondesi, outfielder Rosell Herrera, and pitcher Wily Peralta from Omaha, sending down pitcher Scott Barlow and infielder Ramon Torres. Jorge Soler was also placed on the 10-day disabled list and pitcher Eric Skoglund was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Peralta.
The 22-year old Mondesi has long been considered the top talent in the Royals’ farm system, but poor performance in limited Major League action and concerns about his durability led him to begin the year in the minors, where he missed the first month with a shoulder injury. In 29 games with Omaha, Mondesi was hitting .250/.295/.492 with five home runs and ten steals in ten attempts. At least Bill Simmons will be happy now.
Rosell Herrera was claimed off waivers from the Reds back on June 2, and the switch-hitter has played well for Omaha since then, hitting .278/.366/.556 in ten games. Herrera has positional versatility, able to play all three outfield positions and middle infield positions. He brings good speed to the table and is still just 25 and a former Top 100 prospect, so there may be some upside.
The Royals signed Wily Peralta to a one-year $1.5 million deal last winter, but he was surprisingly left off the Opening Day roster after a very poor spring training. Working mostly in relief for Omaha, the 29-year old right-hander had a 4.37 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 21 walks in 35 innings. He won 17 games with 2.7 fWAR in 2014, but has been a disaster in the big leagues since then. Peralta throws in the mid-90s, but with one of the least-effective fastballs in baseball.
Jorge Soler lands on the disabled list after breaking a bone in his left foot, an injury that will cost him at least six weeks. Skoglund is also expected to miss significant action after landing on the disabled list with a UCL sprain on May 26. Barlow looked effective in 15 innings, with a 3.60 ERA and 15 strikeouts. Torres appeared in just nine games, hitting. 179/.207/.214.
The Royals have dropped 11 of 12 and have the second-worst record in baseball at 22-48.