I'm back after a quick Independence Holiday weekend in Kansas City. I didn't have a chance to see a Royals game. But as a KC expat, I do miss certain KC restaurants. I was able to hit Corner Cafe and Smokehouse. But I wasn't able to get to Aurthur Bryants or In a Tub. (Yeah, I grew up North of the River.)
The Fifth and Sixth weeks of The Dominican Summer League are over. The DSL Royals went on a 6 game winning streak to take first place from the Red Sox. But They, dropped a doubleheader to the A's on Friday to fall back into second place. A lot of Rain outs and suspended games the past two weeks. Unfortunately, after a good start many of the 6 figure signing players I'm following have struggled lately. It would be nice to hear some scouting reports about the players instead of just seeing the stats, because, I don't see the star graduates similar to last year with Cristian Cano, Wander Franco and top prospect Miguel Almonte. The stars of the team are older 19 and 20 year old pitchers. I don't know if they are having breakout years, or are they simply dominating much younger players.
Last time we mentioned the addition of 2012 draft pick Ariel Estrades to the Team. Another interesting newbie this week is Jesus Atencio. He is very young (16) like Jose Martinez. He is a C/DH. As a newbie to following the DSL, I find the profiles of who makes it from the DSL to be interesting.
The following players I will try keep track of this summer.
2011 signings: Emmanual Camacho (LHP) and Angelo Castellano (3B)
2012 signings: Julio Pinto (RHP), Alberto Saez (OF), Junior Reyes (LHP), Ofriedy Reyes (RHP), and Jose Martinez (SS)
The position players stayed about the same except for a nice jump from Saez, but the younger pitchers are still struggling with control.
Bonus DSL Royal of the Week Jesus Atencio, age 16 (C/DH). 27PA
Jesus Atencio BB% 3.7, K% 7.4%, 810 OPS, ISO 080, 137 wRC+
Now a look at the second week and overall stats. (I'm shifting to AB from PA since it is easier to keep track of weekly splits.)
Angelo Castellano Age 18, 5-6th week: AB 29, 6H, 1 2B, 3 BB, 5K, 2 SB, 1 RBI, 5 R
overall: BB% 9.5, K% 11.1, 736 OPS, ISO 037, 127 wRC+
The Walks and K %'s look good but for an 18 year old 3B the lack of power is concerning.
Jose Martinez Age 16, 5-6th week AB 31, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 4 RBI, 3 R
overall: BB% 3.3, K% 10.6, 707 OPS, ISO 100, 111 wRC+
The ISO looks good for a 16 year old SS. But the BB% is a concern.
Alberto Saez Age 16, 5-6th week AB 18, 7 H, 1 2B, 0 BB, 4K, 2 RBI, 2 R
overall: BB% 11.3, K% 19.7, 655 OPS, ISO 085, wRC+ 103
Considered a slow mover, Alberto has come around and is above average now.
Still only one homerun hit by the DSL Royals all year.
Julio Pinto Age 17, 5-6th week 5 IP, 1 GS, 1 K, 2 BB
overall 6.15 K/9, 3.76 BB/9, 1 HRA, 2.39 ERA, 4.15 FIP
It's been the kiss of death ever since I praised him a few weeks ago.
Emmanual Camacho Age 18, 5-6th week: 2 IP, 0 GS, 3 K, 1 BB
overall: 7.25 k/9, 6.04 BB/9, 2 HRA, 1.61 ERA, 4.90 FIP
He had only had a relief outing after being wild in week 4.
Junior (AKA Yunior) Reyes Age 17, 5-6th week 1.2 IP, 0 GS, 2 K, 4 BB
overall 9.53 K/9, 6.35 BB/9, 2 HRA, 3.71 ERA, 5.44 FIP
Nice K numbers, but the BB% is still too high.
Ofriedy Gomez Age 17, 5-6th 1 IP, 0 GS, 1BB, 1K
overall 8.38 K/9, 7.45 BB/9, 0 HRA, 0.93 ERA, 4.13 FIP
Too many walks.
We also had the start of the International free agent signings. The Royals made a big splash early by Signing Martin Gasperini and Cristhian Vasquez. They still have about $900k pool money to spend plus some lower 50K signing slots. I haven't heard about any other minor signings yet. But, Gasperini and Vasquez will undoubtedly skip the DSL, like Samir Duenez did this year. So it is these unknown minor signings that will populate the 2014 DSL Royals. The only player I had heard that was linked to the Royals that I haven't heard was signed is Smaykin Gonzalez. Also, Wander Franco has a brother in this signing class, also called Wander Franco. It would be nice to sign him. Then you can imagine a day when future Royal's announcers have to struggle calling a game with 2 Wander Francos on the infield and Amalani Fukofuka in the outfield.