Josh Staumont turned some heads last week when he threw 7 no-hit innings against the Springfield Cardinals. Staumont walked 5 in the outing, which lead to a first inning run, but he added 8 strikeouts to that tally and was completely electric all night.
Staumont kept on rolling on Monday night as he struck out 8, again, over 6 shut out innings while allowing only 2 hits and walking only 1. 1 walk. ONE WALK. His stat line over his last 2 starts now looks as follows:
13 IP. 16 K. 2 HA. 6 BB. 1 ER. That’s good for an ERA of 0.69 and a WHIP of 0.62.
We had Josh Staumont at number 7 on our last Top 30 list. He has arguably the best curveball in the Royals system and his fastball is consistently in the upper 90’s. He has the stuff to be an MLB Top 100 prospect if he can learn to consistently control his pitches, and this recent stretch of starts has to have the Royals braintrust hopeful for Staumont’s future as a starter.
Seuly Matias hit his 7th HR of the year last night for the Burlington Royals. The 18-year old RF has me drooling at the mouth after he hit .316 in the month of July. The young man from the Dominican Republic has turned some heads this season as he has featured arguably the most power of any prospect in the Royals system. An outfield that contains both Seuly Matias and Khalil Lee is something that I cannot wait for in Kansas City. We’ve got Matias as the Royals number 6 prospect at the moment, but look for him to crack the top 5 in the offseason.
Speaking of Khalil Lee, the 19-year old is hitting .299 with 4 HR in August, including a stretch of .308 and 3 HR in his last 10 games.
Jorge Soler homered again Monday night. It was his 2nd HR in 3 games after homering off of some guy named Clayton Kershaw on Saturday. Soler has 21 HR this year in Omaha and appears to be bored with AAA pitching, including former MVPs.
Jace Vines went from High-A Wilmington to AAA Omaha on Monday night, filling in for Brian Flynn. He performed beautifully, throwing 6 IP and allowing only 2 ER, striking out 3. I like Vines a little bit as a potential prospect. He’s thrown the ball really well this season and will only be 23 at the end of the season. His ceiling may not be very high, but I think he’s got the stuff to fill in the back of an MLB rotation adequately.
Billy Burns was hitting .319 in August heading into Monday night, and went 2-4 on Monday with a pair of stolen bases. He also nabbed a runner at the plate, showing off his defensive prowess.
1st year pro MJ Melendez homered for the 3rd time on Sunday night and is currently hitting .258 in the AZL. I am a huge fan of the Royals 2nd round pick. Look for him to jump way up the prospect rankings this offseason.