Rehab Continues To Go Well For TGB Client Balbino Fuenmayor
It has been quite a drastic difference between this offseason and last for TGB client Balbino Fuenmayor. A year ago at this time Fuenmayor had just gotten back into affiliated baseball, signing a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. He was also enjoying a very successful winter ball season with Caribes de Anzoátegui in Venezuela in which he hit .327 with 17 home runs and 56 RBI’s in just 64 games.
This year, the Venezuelan has spent his offseason in Arizona at the Kansas City Royals spring training facility rehabbing from injury. In a July 24th game with Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate the Omaha Storm Chasers, Fuenmayor suffered a knee ligament injury. The slugger was forced to undergo season-ending knee surgery August 3rd.
“The recovery has been as good as expected,” said Fuenmayor from Arizona. “Now I am able to run three times a week… I have been working on the strength of my knee.” Fuenmayor is scheduled to resume baseball activities the beginning of January and is well on his way to making a full recovery.
The 25-year old first baseman posted a .358 average with 17 HR and 66 RBI in 89 games at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. His performance led to a Futures Game invite during All-Star Weekend in July, and numerous accolades including Royals Minor League Player of the Year, Royals Double-A Player of the Year, and most recently a Royals Organization All-Star.
The next few days will be exciting for Fuenmayor as he heads back home to Venezuela to visit family and finish up his rehab. He also awaits Kansas City's decision on whether he will be placed on the 40-man roster prior to Friday's deadline. Regardless of the outcome, Fuenmayor is focused on getting healthy and being ready for next season. He has been invited to Royals big league spring training and looks forward to competing for a spot on the Kansas City roster in 2016.