The Royals have claimed 27-year old infielder/utility-man Pedro Ciriaco off of waivers from the San Diego Padres.
With this claim, Ciriaco will be a part of his third organization this season.
Originally from the Pirates system, Ciriaco made his mark in 2012 as a member of the Boston Red Sox. In 76 games, he hit .293 with 2 HR, 15 doubles, 19 RBI, and was 16-for-19 in stolen bases while getting significant playing time at third base, second base, and shortstop. He also spent seven games in the outfield.
After hitting just .216 in 28 games for the Red Sox this season, he was dealt to the Padres in June for a PTNBL or cash. While in San Diego, he didn’t fare much better – hitting .238 in 23 games. Thus, he was designated for assignment by the club.
Prior to making his big league debut, Ciriaco was regarded as a prospect who had quick feet and soft hands, but would need his bat to come around if he was going to one day factor into a major league lineup.
Here are his career numbers:
4 years (158 games): .279/.310/.388, 21 doubles, 6 triples, 4 HR, 34 RBI, 26-for-31 in stolen bases, K:BB ratio of 4.3:1.
Being that he is only 27 and offers plenty of defensive versatility, Ciriaco figures to get a decent look at being a utility player from the bench.