What about league adjustment factors? Hitting in the Texas League is a whole heck of a lot easier than hitting in the Carolina League after all. Here is the average wRC+ for the MLB Pipeline bottom 5: 132.6. Let’s compare the 4 Royals prospects’ wRC+ to the “bottom 5.”
Seuly Matias: 159 vs. 132.6
Khalil Lee: 151 vs 132.6
MJ Melendez: 131 vs 132.6
Nicky Lopez: 115 vs. 132.6
OF Elier Hernandez owns an impressive .317/.354/.431 slash line on the season, but hit a monster .336/.374/.496 with 3 HR in the month of may. He also has 17 doubles and 8 SB on the season, and he also is looking at an eminent promotion after the All-Star break. Poor Northwest Arkansas. If all three of the aforementioned guys get promoted, that lineup is going to take a hit. Hernandez’ promotion could leave a hole for Kort Peterson though, which would help.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks (the Royals A+ affiliate) are the best example of this, though it’s noticeable at each level. As a team, Wilmington has taken more walks than any other club in the Carolina League at 265, 12 more than Potomac and 36 more than Winston-Salem, the team with the third most walks.*
Before you think this is going to turn into a ‘Ryan Goins Appreciation Club’ article, don’t be fooled. Offensively Goins is a bit of a drag on the lineup. So far in 2018 he is hitting .234/.265/.319 with a wRC+ of 56. 56!! To put that in context, Alcides Escobar’s wRC+ is 55. Essentially, Goins and Escobar have put up similar offensive production, which is slim and none. So when both Goins and Escobar are in the lineup at the same time, it truly does create a black hole of death at the bottom of the order.
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