Minor League Minutes: 3/21/18

Reminder to check out our top 100 Royals prospect series.

Get caught up on the players that have appeared for the Royals in Spring Training.

Glenn Sparkman- RHP, Royals Farm Report #54 prospect, has always posted stellar numbers (career 2.65 ERA, 9.0 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 in 268.1 IP), appeared in two major league games with the Blue Jays this year as a Rule 5 guy, later returned to the Royals, strikeouts were down in limited AA action this year, FB reaches mid-90s, solid changeup.

Matthew LaMar at Royals Review expects some big names to be traded by the Royals this summer.

Regardless of the state of baseball in the offseason, there are always teams in July that have worn a few holes in their roster, whether through injury or underperformance. It happens. And there are always teams in July that are looking for more juice to put themselves in the best possible position to win big in the postseason. Many times those teams are the same ones.

Max Rieper looks at the long-term outlook for the Royals organization.

World Series MVP Salvador Perez is still around to provide some stability, and the Royals will hope late bloomer Whit Merrifield was no fluke in 2017. Danny Duffy inked a five-year contract extension last year and is blossoming into a frontline-type pitcher. The return of Moustakas gives the Royals a big boost to the lineup, but his stay may be short, as the team may try to flip him at the deadline if they are out of contention. Time may be limited for Jon Jay in center and Lucas Duda at first base, as their one-year deals mean they shouldn’t shop for homes in the Kansas City-area. The rest of the roster is largely full of unproven youngsters and players past their prime.

David Lesky of BP Kansas City thinks a lot needs to go right in order for the Royals to be contenders in 2018.

With the signings of veterans Mike Moustakas, Lucas Duda and Jon Jay, the Royals lineup is better than it was at the start of spring. You can see glimpses of it during spring games, but there will be times throughout the season that the lineup looks pretty darn good. The biggest thing, I think, for this lineup, is health. Duda has missed plenty of time in his career. Moustakas has obviously dealt with a major knee injury. Salvador Perez is a catcher who has caught somewhere near 100,000 games over the last five seasons (just an estimate). Soler is a physical specimen, but he’s had trouble staying on the field as well. So the lineup needs health first and foremost. If healthy, I see at least four players capable of 25 or more home runs in Moose, Soler, Perez and Duda. Whit Merrifield hit 19 last year, so 20 is certainly within reach. This lineup will hit some home runs if healthy.

Jordan Foote of Kings of Kauffman interviews Royals catching prospect Chase Vallot.

Q: What sets the Royals organization apart from any other?

A: “There are so many things that I can say. The most important thing for me is how everybody cares for each other and everybody wants what’s best for everybody. The coaching staff and front office are unbelievably amazing.”

Also mentioned there is my interview from last year with Vallot.

4. Wilmington has been known as a tough park to hit in. Why do you think this is and what’s your approach?

Yes it is very difficult to hit for power. The wind blows in, gaps are really big, and it’s tough to see sometimes. I just try to kind of use the ball park as an advantage… the gaps are really big so just stay through the ball and work the gaps and try to rack up as many doubles as possible.

In his prospects chat from yesterday at Fangraphs, Eric Longenhagen implied that he is a Ryan O’Hearn believer.

Nick: I know its just spring training, but Ryan O’Hearn has had a good one. Can you see him as an average regular when he comes up? Is the power legit?
Eric A Longenhagen: Yes and yes.

Shaun Kernahan of Minor League Ball profiles top draft prospect Nolan Gorman.

The ball jumps off his bat in ways that are rarely seen. In his first AB, he made terrible contact that initially had me looking for the left fielder to be coming in to make the play on a lazy pop up. Instead, when I turned my head to the outfield, that left fielder was up against the fence watching the ball carry out. The next two trips he was hit by a pitch and reached on an error when the left fielder dropped a pop up he actually did have to come in on. In his fourth trip to the plate, he dropped the bat head and lifted a deep fly ball over the 360 ft right center fence but, again, the contact wasn’t great.

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