Chris Clegg at The Dynasty Dugout ranks his top Royals prospects, with Ramon Ramirez at #1.
Signing for just $57 thousand in the 2023 international signing class, Ramirez appears to have been a fantastic find by the Royals after his tremendous Dominican Summer Leageu stint in which he mashed eight home runs and added nine doubles in 150 plate appearances while slashing .344/.440/.615. Ramirez walked more than he struck out, which is not all that uncommon for disciplined hitters in the DSL, but in Ramirez’s case, the underlying data backs it.
Making contact on 90 percent of pitches in the zone, according to Trackman data, exhibits great swing decisions, leading to low chase rates. While it is a good idea not to put too much stock into DSL data, it is hard to ignore the kind of data that Ramirez posted, given that he was 17 years old and already has an impressive frame.
From a power standpoint, Ramirez posted a 103 mph 90th percentile exit velocity, which is high-end for his age. He paired that with a 108 mph max and an impressive hard-hit rate. While it is a smaller sample of just 41 games, the numbers suggest that Ramirez could have more power as he matures, considering the 90th percentile was already in line with the MLB average.
Royals: RHP Will Klein
After Klein, the Royals’ No. 26 prospect, finished off a strong 2021 season by helping High-A Quad Cities to a championship, he became a prospect to watch because of his power fastball and effectiveness in a multi-inning relief role. Injuries and adversity might have gotten Klein off track the past two seasons, but the 24-year-old flashed impressive stuff in Double-A and Triple-A last year. He was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster this offseason because the team wanted to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. If he can stay healthy, Klein could be a crucial piece to Kansas City’s bullpen. He’ll have to earn his way there after the additions this offseason, but consider Klein the next homegrown player the Royals can’t wait to see in Kansas City.
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