Outfielder Jason Bourgeois, who was hitting .205 for Class AAA Omaha, was called up Wednesday.
Outfielder Wil Myers, one of the top hitting prospects in the minor leagues, was left in Omaha, where he was hitting .309. Myers hit his 12th home run Wednesday night since a mid-May promotion from Class AA Northwest Arkansas.
But why was he still in minors and Bourgeois in the majors?
Manager Ned Yost said the Royals did not want to promote Myers, a 21-year-old right-handed hitter, until there was a slot for him to play every day.
So why not Derrick Robinson, a switch-hitting speedster with a .306 batting average for Omaha, or David Lough, who was hitting .289 with 17 stolen bases in Class AAA? Both are on the 40-man big league roster.
The reason is Bourgeois hits left-handers well. He was batting .324 against left-handers in the Pacific Coast League and a puny .168 vs. right-handers. He is a .320 hitter (63-for-197) against left-handed pitchers in his big-league career.