The Royals announced their minor league rosters today, highlighted by a loaded Omaha roster that includes top prospects MJ Melendez, Nick Pratto, and Vinnie Pasquantino. The roster does not include Bobby Witt Jr., who has not officially made the Royals’ roster, but has reportedly made the big league team.
#Royals GM J.J Picollo said that MJ Melendez will catch 4 days/week in Triple-A and have two days at 3B or in the OF.— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) April 3, 2022
Nick Pratto will mostly play 1B but also get work in LF/RF. Vinnie Pasquantino will alternate between 1B and DH.
INF Clay Dungan is going to play some OF, too.
Northwest Arkansas will feature some top pitching prospects such as Asa Lacy and Alec Marsh, as well as intriguing arms like Drew Parrish, Anthony Veneziano, and Nate Webb. The Naturals will also have some offensive potential in their outfield with Seuly Matias, John Rave, Tucker Bradley, and former first-round pick Nick Loftin.
The Quad Cities River Bandits will features some catchers who can mash like Lucas Tresh, Saul Garza, and Kale Emshoff. Noah Murdock, Yohanse Morel, and Christian Chamberlain will be on the pitching staff as well as 2021 draft picks Tyson Guerrero, Caden Monke, Harrison Beethe, and Anthony Simonelli.
The Columbia Fireflies are headlined by five-tool outfield prospect Erick Peña. The lineup will also feature Kansas City product Carter Jensen at catcher, and top international signing infielder Wilmin Candelario.
The minor league seasons begin tomorrow. The players that were not assigned to rosters, such as 2021 draft picks Frank Mozzicato and Ben Kudrna, will likely stay in Arizona for extended spring training and could be assigned to a roster later in the year.
Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A)
Manager: Scott Thorman
Catchers: Freddy Fermin, William Hancock, MJ Melendez
Infielders: Gabriel Cancel, Angelo Castellano, Iván Castillo, Clay Dungan, Jimmy Govern, Vinnie Pasquantino, Nick Pratto
Outfielders: Dairon Blanco, Brewer Hicklen, JaCoby Jones
Pitchers: Brandon Barker, Ronald Bolaños, Colten Brewer, Austin Cox, Jose Cuas, Josh Dye, Sam Freeman, Foster Griffin, Marcelo Martinez, Daniel Mengden, Andrés Nuñez, Brad Peacock, Jace Vines, Arodys Vizcaíno
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Double-A)
Manager: Chris Widger
Catchers: Tyler Cropley, Sebastian Rivero, Logan Porter
Infielders: Nate Eaton, Maikel Garcia, Robbie Glendinning, Ryan Grotjohn, Michael Massey, Jake Means, Gavin Stupienski
Outfielders: Tucker Bradley, Nick Loftin, Seuly Matias, John Rave
Pitchers: Dante Biasi, Holden Capps, Christian Cosby, Yefri del Rosario, Jonah Dipoto, Zach Haake, Asa Lacy, Alec Marsh, Drew Parrish, Zach Phillips, Andres Sotillet, Anthony Veneziano, Nate Webb, Zach Willeman, Stephen Woods Jr.
Quad Cities River Bandits (High-A)
Manager: Brooks Conrad
Catchers: Kale Emshoff, Saul Garza, Kyle Hayes, Luca Tresh
infielders: Herard Gonzalez, Morgan McCullough, Dillan Shrum, Tyler Tolbert, Cam Williams, Peyton Wilson
Outfielders: Parker Bates, Burle Dixon, Tyler Gentry, Diego Hernandez, Juan Carlos Negret
Pitchers: Adrian Alcantara, Harrison Beethe, Christian Chamberlain, Mitch Ellis, Tyson Guerrero, Kasey Kalich, Emilio Marquez, Caden Monke, Yohanse Morel, Noah Murdock, Charlie Neuweiler, Anderson Paulino, Walter Pennington, Ruben Ramirez, Anthony Simonelli, Patrick Smith
Columbia Fireflies (Low-A)
Manager: Tony Pena Jr.
Catchers: Felix Familia, Omar Hernandez, Carter Jensen
Infielders: Wilmin Candelario, Francis Grullon, Rubendy Jaquez, Edgar Martinez, Guillermo Quintana, Josh Rivera, Enrique Valdez
Outfielders: Jaswel De Los Santos, Darryl Collins, Erick Peña, River Town
Pitchers: Jack Aldrich, Wander Arias, Luinder Avila, Luis Barroso, Noah Cameron, Delvin Capellan, Eric Certantola, Shane Connolly, Heribert Garcia, Patrick Halligan, Isaiah Henry, Ben Hernandez, Rylan Kaufman, John McMillon, Samuel Valerio, Chase Wallace, Marlin Willis