Minor League Minutes: 7/9/18

Happy Monday. The Royals are still 1.0 GB of the Orioles for the #1 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Shane McClanahan, Bobby Witt Jr., and Adley Rutschman are watching closely.

Marcus took a way too early look at how some 2018 draftees are doing so far in their pro careers.

So far, Isbel has played exactly as expected. As an advanced hitter, he’s tearing up the Pioneer League to the tune of .329/.398/.519/917 with two home runs, nine walks, and 13 strikeouts. As an added bonus, he’s stolen eight bases, and he’s only been caught once.

Shortly after we released the most recent edition of our mid-season prospect rankings, Andres Sotillet threw a CGSO.

53. Andres Sotillet, RHP

DOB: 3/2/1997
Ht/Wt: 6’1″ 175 lbs
Levels Played, 2018: A-
Acquired: International free agent
ETA: 2021
2018 Stats (A-): 15 G, 80.1 IP, 4.37 ERA, 3.27 FIP, 8.29 K/9, 1.46 BB/9, 52.8% GB%, 9.1% HR/FB

I am a huge fan of Andres Sotillet.

Seuly Matias will represent the Royals in the All-Star Future’s Game for the World Team.

The Futures Game is at 3 pm Sunday, July 15 in Washington, D.C. and will be on MLB Network.  Rosters can be found here.

The Royals signed free agent RHP Dallas Beeler to a minor league contract.

The Royals have signed RHP Dallas Beeler and assigned him to NWA. Beeler is a 6’5″ RHP who was drafted and signed by the Cubs in 2010 out of Oral Roberts University. Beeler was a 41st round draft pick. Beeler attended Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma.

The Philadelphia Phillies are interested in trading for Whit Merrifield.

The Phillies had also been reported to be interested in Moustakas. A package deal is possible, although the more moving parts there are, the less likely a deal becomes. The Phillies have a pretty strong farm system – ranked sixth by Baseball America – as well as a roster full of young players that might be attractive to the Royals.

Brad Keller is awesome.

  • Gray: 88.6 mph, 2,155 RPM, .245 BAA, .354 SLG%, .375 BABIP, 6.4 degree launch angle

  • Keller: 86.2 mph, 2,489 RPM, .244 BAA, .244 SLG%, .313 BABIP, 3.5 degree launch angle

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