In what will be a new series of article for us, the guys at Royals Farm Report are going to begin writing a daily gathering notes from the previous day’s minor league action. Hopefully this will give you guys an easier way to track minor league news, which is our goal here at Royals Farm Report. Without further ado, here are our first Minor League Minutes.
While MLB Pipeline and ourselves both had Nick Pratto as the Royals top prospect, Seuly is getting a ton of love from some other major publications. It’s not hard to see why, really. Seuly’s tools are absolutely redonkulous (yep I said redonkulous). FanGraphs has given Seuly a scouting grade of (20-80) 60 for his raw power and 70 for his arm. Tools like that show massive amounts of raw strength, which makes scouts drool at the mouth.
Q: Do you have any role models in the Royals organization as far as watching them with the fans?
RO: My #1 would be Mike Sweeney, he’s been a good role model for me. Every spring training and whenever he comes out to watch us play I just watch to see how he is interacting with the fans. Glenn Hubbard in Lexington was a good one to watch too. They were both good players and even better people who I look up to and try to emulate.
It appears that under Moore’s influence (in comparison to Ladnier’s previous approach), the Royals have de-emphasized four of the six power states in favor of more widely-distributed regional drafting. Under Moore, the Royals’ draft picks from all six power states are more tightly clustered at or below the MLB average (see graphs above), whereas Ladnier seemed have a wider year-to-year range. Moore seems to have placed a few scouts on a steamboat chuffing up the Ohio River and takes Missouri and most of its border states more seriously than Ladnier did.
Through 26 AA games in 2016, Dozier was hitting .305 with an on-base percentage of .400. He also added a whopping eight home runs and 21 RBIs. To put that into perspective, Dozier averaged a home run every three-ish games and drove in nearly as many runs as he played games. After his torrid start to the season, Dozier was promoted to AAA Omaha. In 103 games there, he hit .294 with an OBP of .357 to go with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs. This performance was good enough to earn Dozier a September call-up and, subsequently, eight games worth of major-league experience. Expectations skyrocketed for Dozier heading into 2017.