In my time at The Athletic Kansas City, I had the opportunity to tell stories of people like Carter Hope, a baseball prospect who came back from heroin addiction. I was able to get the reporter who was caught in the middle of Hal McRae’s telephone-throwing meltdown in 1993 to relive the experience 25 years later. And while Joel Embiid has become one of the NBA’s most entertaining stars in Philadelphia, I found plenty of people looking to share entertaining memories from his one season at Kansas.
Over at Royals Farm Report, I shared my thoughts on the Royals minor league system at the half-way point of the MiLB season, as well as some stats leaderboards and ten names I expect to be promoted once the All-Star Breaks end at the end of next week.
...With that being said, here is a ranking of the top 10 prospects that I would absolutely promote immediately if it were up to me (excluding players to already make their big league debuts and players that are currently injured):
Hunter Dozier began a rehab assignment on Monday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas as he works his way back from a right oblique injury. There’s a strong chance that the Royals’ breakout third baseman will be back in time to keep making a case to be an All-Star, and he continues to accumulate enough votes to be considered to start for the American League at third base.
With Hunter Dozier on the injured list, Mondesi has passed him for this spot. He’s on pace to steal the most bases in baseball in a decade.
“We certainly have to look at some things with (moving) players who are going to be free agents at the end of the year,” said Moore, who said he’s been getting calls from other general managers checking possibilities. “I don’t anticipate us moving any of our players that we have under (contractual) control for a period of time.”
Peralta entered Monday night’s series opener against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park having held opponents to a .184 batting average in his previous 12 appearances. He hadn’t allowed a hit in eight of his last 11 outings.
From Royals Farm Report yesterday:
- Prospect Watch: Jon Heasley
- Drew Osborne writes about Drew Parrish’s lights out start during the College World Series.
Minors Graphs are back up and running over at ProspectsLive.com.
Thanks to everyone who had been reaching out asking for updates on Minors Graphs.— Prospects Live (@ProspectsLive) June 17, 2019
It's back! https://t.co/zwQXbx9xcX
If you’ve never used Minors Graphs before, you should. They’re a great tool for evaluating MiLB trends. For example:
Mike Gigs’ 10-game rolling OPS, lol: pic.twitter.com/Bot81UPjp5— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) June 17, 2019
Matt Carpenter just bunted for a double... yes, you read that correctly! pic.twitter.com/mtJUNpG4ji— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 18, 2019
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