With the recent addition of catcher Wil Myers and former catcher Joey Lewis to the Idaho Falls Chukars' roster, the Kansas City Royals elected to have catcher Ben Theriot leave Idaho Falls for the organization's training facility in Arizona.
Before Monday's move, Ben Theriot had been with the Idaho Falls Chukars for all of the Pioneer League season. The ninth-round draft pick out of Texas State University had been dealing with a nagging thumb injury for most of the summer.
In 30 games with the Chukars, Theriot hit .290 with 14 walks and only 16 strikeouts. Theriot was especially good in clutch situations. The lefty slugger's first career hit was a bases-clearing pinch-hit triple on the road. Theriot went 3 for 4 with the bases loaded this summer and converted on other big opportunities: with runners on base (.372), runners on base with two outs (.368), runners in scoring position (.448), runners in scoring position with two outs (.429). After the eighth inning, Theroit was 6 for 12 at the plate.
The decision to send Theriot to Arizona was also based partially on an invite to play in the Royals' Fall Instructional League. The Royals want to make sure he's healthy enough to fully participate.
The roster move leaves the Chukars with only 11 position players (3 catchers, 5 infielders, 3 outfielders).
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