20-Year-Old Outfielder – Kansas City Royals
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
While his older brother, Emilio, has built a career on speed and defense, the 20-year-old Jorge is looking to make more noise with his bat than his glove. He opened the 2013 season with the Royals' en...
Bonifacio was promoted from High-A Wilmington to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday, the Kansas City Star reports.
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Kansas City Royals Roster
MajorsAoki, Norichika (OF)
AAABrooks, Aaron (P)
AAAdam, Jason (P)
A+Almonte, Miguel (P)
AAntonio, Mike (SS)
RookieBartsch, Kyle (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Bonifacio quietly produced a strong line in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League last season, hitting. 282/.336/.432 with 10 homers over 448 plate appearances. Unlike his older brother Emilio, Bonifacio projects to have above average power and his impact as a basestealer figures to be limited (6-for-9 in 2012). The Royals will bring him along slowly, but Bonifacio's ability to hold his own against older competition (he was the fourth-youngest player in the league on Opening Day) bodes well for his chances of succeeding as he advances, especially since he possesses steady contact skills (81%) for a young hitter with pop. Look for Bonifacio to spend most of the year at High-A, but another strong showing will likely open eyes beyond Kansas City as he already projects to be an above-average regular.