Murphy and Ambres tell C.C., "Take THAT, you crooked hat-wearing clown!"
You couldn't have hoped for better debuts out of Donnie Murphy and Chip Ambres, as the Royals topped the Tribe, 5-3. Both rookies went 2-for-4, and Murphy had two RBIs, including his first Major League HR -- a solo shot just to the right of dead center off of C.C. Sabathia -- in his first at bat. Later, Murph drove in a big two-out run with a single to right, again off of Sabathia. For his efforts, we have crowned a new Official RC Beer:
Ambres (pronounced AM-bers, as we learned tonight) recorded his first Major League hit in his second at bat, a double off the left field wall. RC was pretty impressed in our first look at him. He layed off some close pitches and didn't look overwhelmed in any at bat. He's got a high leg kick that we weren't expecting, and we're convinced -- even after seeing him for just a few at bats -- that he's got very fast hands.
Both Ambres and Murphy had some trouble in the field -- Ambres on a throw to the cutoff man, and Murphy on the first Indians batter -- but that was probably just first game jitters. We know Murphy is money at second, and Ambres has the speed to cover some serious ground in left.
Royals recalled infielder Donnie Murphy from Double-A Wichita.
While he's no Justin Huber, Murphy was hitting .313/.362/.523 with 10 homers for Wichita. It seems like a bad idea for the Royals to have both Ruben Gotay and Murphy accumulating service time at such young ages, but that's why they're the Royals. Expect Murphy to take Tony Graffanino's at-bats.
Now, we generally like Rotoworld, but this shows us how difficult it is for a publication to try to properly cover every Major League team. We usually appreciate Rotoworld's sarcasm, but today they really ticked us off. The fact is that Murphy's promotion was a no-brainer on several levels. First, Ruben Gotay is absolutely worthless (.216/.328/.255) against lefties. Second, Murphy can play every infield position, so getting Tony Graffanino's at bats and then some won't be any problem. Third, Murphy had very little left to prove in the minor leagues. Fourth, the Royals are in a massive youth movement, and it's important for them to learn right now who can play at the Major League level, and who cannot. Fifth, the Royals needed another versatile infielder on the roster, and among the four realistic candidates (Muphy, Mike Aviles, Denny Hocking, and Luis Ugueto), Murphy is not only the best player of the bunch, but also the one who best fits the organization's rebuilding movement.
Service time? Completely insignificant. Murphy's call-up comes late enough in the season that there's no chance he becomes a "Super-Two," nor will it affect his free agency clock. As for Gotay, there's very little chance that he'll ever develop into the type of player who's going to cost the Royals big money down the road, so there's no reason to worry about his clock either.
Anyway, we figured we'd address this, because we've been hearing similar mumblings from other corners of Royals Nation.