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.
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.
53. Andres Sotillet, RHP
Ht/Wt: 6’1″ 175 lbs
Levels Played, 2018: A-
Acquired: International free agent
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.
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 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 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.
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