Viloria was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday.
Viloria will unsurprisingly begin the season in the minors with Martin Maldonado and Cameron Gallagher serving as the Royals top-two catching options in absence of Salvador Perez (elbow). General manager Dayton Moore indicated shortly after signing Maldonado that Viloria still figures into the Royals' major-league plans for 2019.
Viloria remains part of Kansas City's plans for the 2019 season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
While Cameron Gallagher is slated to open the year as the backup catcher behind Martin Maldonado, the Royals haven't forgotten about Viloria, who figures to be up with the big-league team at various points throughout the season. "If (Viloria) goes down to the minor leagues and continues to swing the bat, he'll force our hand," stated general manager Dayton Moore. Viloria went 7-for-27 with two doubles and four RBI in the majors last season, and he'll only help his case if he's able to swing a hot bat at Triple-A Omaha, where he figures to begin the regular season.
Viloria (coach's decision) was removed from Sunday's lineup against the Twins because he was late arriving to the ballpark, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Viloria overslept and was late getting to the field, so manager Ned Yost benched Viloria for the day. Playing time figures to be hard to come by down the stretch of the regular season for the 21-year-old backstop, with Salvador Perez and Cameron Gallagher both ahead of Viloria on the depth chart.
Viloria was recalled from High-A Wilmington on Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Viloria makes the jump from High-A without yet touching Double-A or Triple-A as the Royals need some catching depth with Salvador Perez battling a thumb injury. Perez is expected to be unavailable for about a week, which should provide the 21-year-old a couple opportunities to start behind the plate. Viloria had a .260/.342/.360 slash line in 358 at-bats with the Blue Rocks this season.
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