Royals second baseman/center fielder Emilio Bonifacio is eligible for arbitration next season but it seems likely he’ll be with the team in 2014.

Since coming from the Blue Jays Bonifacio 28 is batting .304 with 10 walks in 22 games. He has been a pleasant surprise no?

Could his brother Jorge who just finished playing with Class AA Northwest Arkansas join him in Kansas City?

“We’ll be open-minded. It’s tough to say” admitted J.J. Picollo the Royals’ Assistant General Manager for Scouting and Player Development. “If you just wanted to be very conservative you’d say 2015 at the earliest. But he’s in Double-A I would suspect he would compete for a Triple-A spot next year.

“If guys are performing in Double-A and Triple-A and the opportunity is there in the major leagues it’s not out of the question that he would make his debut sometime next year. But conservatively we start plugging in his name in 2015 at some point during that year.”

Jorge Bonifacio a 20-year-old outfielder is the fifth-ranked Royals prospect according to MLB.com. Baseball America had him ranked fourth in their preseason rankings of Royals prospects.