Minor League Minutes: 3/27/18

The Royals made another minor transaction, sending 25-year-old first baseman Robby Rinn to the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations.

A Rhode Island native, Rinn was selected by the Royals in the 26th round of the 2016 draft out of Bryant University in Illinois. His debut was somewhat mediocre, slashing .280/.341/.386 in 50 games for the AZL Royals. He benefitted from his transition to the hitter-friendly Pioneer League this past year, hitting .355/.429/.511 in 69 games. His 35:36 K:BB was superb, but less impressive when you consider he was three years older than the average age of his competition.

Our own Alex Duvall profiles an intriguing arm in the lower-minors…

The bit about a “developing” changeup is noteworthy. According to MLB Pipeline, Hernandez’ changeup is supposed to be his best pitch. They even go as far as to compare it to Miguel Almonte when they were at similar levels, and Almonte’s changeup is a top five off-speed offering in the Royals organization.

And then he writes about an intriguing arm in the major league rotation over at Royals Review.

After missing nearly the entire season in 2017 season due to injury, Karns appears to finally be healthy this spring after undergoing Thoracic Outlet Surgery. This spring, Karns posted an ERA of 1.98 over 13 23 innings. He struck out 18 batters in those innings. The fastball is back, the curveball looks as sharp as ever. The biggest questioning remaining for Karns seems to be: can he stay healthy in 2018?

Staying at Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman gives a primer for fantasy baseball in 2018.

No matter how a person looks at it, Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, and Max Scherzer make up a top tier with all four likely gone before the end of the first round. I’ve never seen pitching drafted so early. With all the rest of the pitchers being limited in their starts, these four will produce a ton of elite starts if they can stay healthy.

Tyler Dierking of Kings of Kauffman writes that the Royals have an abundance of options at first base for now and the future.

I also believe that the Royals should give Schwindel a chance. He has a strong chance of having success at the big league level and will provide the team with a nice bridge between now and when Pratto makes the jump. If Schwindel has success then it also helps alleviate the pressure of Pratto having to move quickly.

Craig Brown of BP Kansas City talks about the bullpen situation, breaking down the players on the bubble.

Apparently, Wily Peralta is still in the mix, although it’s difficult to understand why. He’s had a miserable spring to this point with a whopping 24 baserunners in just eight innings of work. I don’t give a damn about your sample size. When those are your numbers…woof. Peralta was signed to a $1.525 million contract for 2018, which means the Royals are on the hook for just over $380,000 if they cut him before Opening Day. He will reportedly stay in Arizona on Monday to throw a pair of innings in a minor league game.

Minor League Ball profiles 2018 draft prospect Nolan Gorman.

Those are the pluses and minuses to his bat, the power comes even when there isn’t good contact, but the contact will be an issue. The bat doesn’t come through the zone with elite speed and there is stiffness to his swing.


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