by John Viril—
A few weeks ago, I was screaming that Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore needed to bring in another outfielder to platoon with (or replace) Jeff Francoeur. AAA callup David Lough‘s performance has made such a trade unnecessary.
The team called up Lough after OF Jarrod Dyson injured his ankle attempting to pull back a home run against the Los Angeles Angels on May 17. In the three weeks since that day, Lough has been a more than able replacement. Lough has hit .293/.317/.431 good for an OPS+ of 103. He has played solid defense in all three outfield spots. In short, he’s been everything you want a 4th outfielder to be—a guy that you can insert into the lineup without missing a beat.
David Lough has taken over in RF against right-handed pitching, relieved Royals fans of watching Jeff Francoeur flail away at the plate day after day. At the very least, Lough has saved countless televisions in Kansas City from destruction by frustrated fans.
The question, of c...