11/16/1992 (24 y, 4 m, 8 d) Bats/Throws:
3BContract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Cuthbert went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Padres in Cactus League play. (3/23/2017)
|Profile: Cuthbert appeared headed for a full season at Triple-A in 2016 but a season-ending injury to incumbent third baseman Mike Moustakas catapulted the rookie to the majors in May. He actually came close to producing at an average clip despite his inexperience. The infielder showed solid contact skill, but will likely never be a slugger. Production of 12-15 home runs is a reasonable expectation — even in his prime — but he could be a .280-.300 hitter. Cuthbert showed a much more patient approach in the second half of his season, but he saw his (gap) pop dip, so it will be interesting to see if he can merge the two skills together simultaneously. The young hitter spent time in the fall working out at second base to improve his versatility and hopefully help him get into the lineup more consistently in 2017, despite the anticipated return of Moustakas. That added versatility would definitely make the sophomore a more valuable fantasy asset, and his projected offence would make him an above-average second baseman but only an average third baseman. (Marc Hulet) |
The Quick Opinion: Cuthbert enters 2017 without a clear cut path to regular playing time, but a move to second base (if he can play it competently) could be a boon to both the Royals and the sophomore’s fantasy owners. Look for him to improve with the bat in 2017 if he can find regular playing time at the big league level.