Calixte was assigned to minor league camp Wednesday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City reports. Calixte appeared in tow major league games last season, but he spent the vast majority of the season at Triple-A, where he figures to open 2016. In 128 games (418 at-bats), Calixte hit .218 with 22 extra-base hits, 29 RBI and 26 steals.
Calixte signed a minor league contract with the Royals on Thursday. He was just non-tendered, so the Royals save money on his 2016 salary while keeping Calixte in the system. Once considered an intriguing prospect, relative to other position players in the Royals system, he now has the look of a potential utility middle infielder.
The Royals declined to tender Calixte a contract for 2016. Even with Ben Zobrist likely to leave in free agency, Calixte was deemed expandable. The 23-year-old hit eight homers and stole 22 bases with Triple-A Omaha last season, but managed just a .229/.287/.339 batting line, and the team still has Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert for infield depth, and Raul Mondesi waiting in the wings.
The Royals optioned infielder Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Omaha Monday, clearing a roster spot to active Mike Moustakas from the bereavement list, the Kansas City Star reports. Calixte failed to get a hit as a pinch-hitter in his only appearance during this stint with the team. He has hit .167/.205/.286 with one stolen base in 42 at-bats with Omaha.
The Royals brought up pitcher Brandon Finnegan on Friday and sent down shortstop Orlando Calixte to its Triple-A affiliate, the team announced. Finnegan started the season at Double-A, while Calixte was 0 for 2 in his lone appearance this season. Manager Ned Yost said Finnegan will work out of the bullpen initially and he does not have a definitive role for him yet, reports The Kansas City Star.