June 25, 2021

Royals add four to the 40-man roster, remove Jorge Bonifacio among others (Royals Review)

Infielder Jeison Guzman, outfielder Nick Heath, and pitchers Foster Griffin and Carlos Hernandez have been added to the 40-man roster in anticipation of December’s Rule 5 draft. To make room on the roster, the team designated for assignment catcher Nick Dini, outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, and pitchers Conner Greene and Arnaldo Hernandez. Today was the deadline to add eligible players to the roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

Guzman received a $1.5 million bonus out of the Dominican Republic as a toolsy shortstop and the 21-year old hit .253/.296/.373 with seven home runs in 121 games for Low-A Lexington this past season. Heath, who turns 26 next week, hit .255/.345/.387 across Double-A and Triple-A last year and led all minor leaguers with 60 steals. The 22-year old Hernandez sports a mid-90s fastball and posted a 3.50 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 36 innings for low-A Lexington last year. Griffin is a former first-round pick who was passed over in last year’s Rule 5 draft, but was added to the roster this year after a 5.23 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 130 2/3 innings, which was actually a league-average ERA in the crazy Pacific Coast League.

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