Minor League Minutes: 4/27/18

Eric Stout made his Royals debut on Wednesday night and our own Drew Osborne had some analysis to follow it up.

Ned was so impressed that he sent Stout out to start the 8th. Stout got ahead of Ryan Braun 1-2 before hanging a slider that got stroked into the corner for a double. Travis Shaw swung first pitch and hit a hard groundball that Lucas Duda backhanded and fed to Stout for the out. Domingo Santana was the next man up and Stout got behind 3-1 before walking him. Jesus Aguilar was after Santana and flipped a single into the outfield that drove in a run. That was it as Ned brought in Brad Keller to finish out the inning.

Over at Royals Review, our own Alex Duvall asks when the Royals should start to consider a long-term contract for Mike Moustakas.

But what if the trade market heats up? The Red Sox are only an injury or two away from possibly needing Moose’s assistance. Same could be said for the LA Angels. If the market for Moose heats up, and there is potential for Moose to return a top 100 prospect back to Kansas City, it would be irresponsible of GMDM to not pull the trigger on that deal. In the event of a rise in the trade market, Moose won’t be extended.

Also at Royals Review, Sean Thornton makes a case for Trevor Oaks in the Royals rotation.

To give you an idea of how often Oaks keeps the ball on the ground, let’s do a comparison to some of the top ground-ball pitchers in baseball today. Over the last two seasons, Oaks has been in the range of 64-50% of groundballs, which would rank him in the top 20 if he would be able to make that transition to the big leagues. Lance McCullers, Jr. of Houston has the highest rate so far this season at 63.6% while the highest eligible Kansas City pitcher is Jason Hammel at 43.9%.

Clint Scoles of BP Kansas City continues his draft series, this time discussing RHP Logan Gilbert of Stetson.

The righty has excellent extension showing an ability to drive the ball to the lower part of the zone while showing late life. Next to the fastball are a pair of breaking balls in his low 80s slider and a low to mid 70s curveball. The curve is the better of the two pitches with depth and two-plane break that shows off a 12-6 or 11-5 shape, earning swings and misses with the pitch. The slider trails behind the curve and could dwarf into more of a cutter in the pro ranks or fall behind to a fourth pitch. Despite long levers, Gilbert easily repeats his mechanics and that extension allows the fastball to player up with its movement.The changeup doesn’t get used as that would be a gift to college competition but it shows fade in the low to mid-80s. That pitch will need to take a step forward to become a front of the rotation potential with the plus fastball and curveball combo.

John Sickels of Minor League Ball profiles local draft prospect Greyson Jenista of Wichita State.

You may think from his general appearance, size and weight that he’s a hulking slugger but that’s not true at all: he’s a good athlete actually. He has at least 60 raw power (some observers give him a 70) and a 60 arm but is also a 55 runner. He’s versatile defensively, having played center field, right field, and first base in college. Right field is probably the best bet in pro ball, especially if he loses a step with age.

And then over at Fangraphs, Eric Longenhagen asks if Kyler Murray should play football or baseball.

I’ve spoken with various amateur scouting personnel about where they think Murray falls in the talent continuum of this year’s MLB draft. Enthusiasts say anywhere in the late first round and comp round (which is probably influenced by knowledge that the comp round teams have those extra picks and a bonus pool that is more likely to provide room for Murray), while the low end is in the rounds three and four range. Teams fear it would take about $5 million to really convince Murray to just play baseball but would (on the high end) offer anywhere between $2-2.5 million to get him to do it.

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