Minor League Minutes: 7/16/18

ICYMI, Seuly Matias hit an opposite field home run in the 2nd inning of yesterday’s All-Star Future’s Game:

Brewer Hicklen is doing things in the SAL (A) that we haven’t quite seen before. 

Last season when Hicklen was drafted, our fearless leader, Patrick Brennan, was all aboard the Brewer Hicklen hype train. And after seeing what he’s doing to the SALLY this season, I’m thinking about buying a ticket as well. He’s going to be a lot of fun to follow for the next couple years.

Catch up on our mid-season top 100 list here, the top 30 starts today.

36. Juan Carlos Negret, OF

DOB: 6/19/1999
Ht/Wt: 6’1″ 190 lbs
Levels Played, 2018: Rookie
Acquired: Free Agent
ETA: 2022
2018 Stats (Rookie): 19 G, 79 PA, .230/.278/.392, 2 HR, 4 2B, 1 SB, 2.5% BB%, 29.1% K%, 72 wRC+

Juan Carlos Negret may be the best Royals prospect you’ve not yet heard of. A free agent signing that was a result of the buffoonery in Atlanta, the Royals picked up a really solid outfield prospect in Negret.

A 19-year old that doesn’t have a ton of history in affiliated ball, Negret is a lottery ticket that shows flashes of being a real 5-tool player. He runs fairly well. He has a decent arm. He can play good enough defense in RF. He can hit, and he can really flash some power. His floor is admittedly a little low, as there’s a chance he doesn’t amount to much, but his ceiling is sky high. Like, sooooooooo high. Keep an eye on this kid for the next year or so.

One of the first things that I found to be a good predictor of future success is a player’s ISO. Seuly Matias is on pace to have the 2nd best ISO of our group of 55 (.346), while MJ Melendez is on pace to have the 4th best ISO of the group (.255). Here are some other names atop our list of 55 in ISO:

  • Joey Gallo (1st, .365) – 106 wRC+ in MLB

  • Giancarlo Stanton (3rd, .318) – 143 wRC+ in MLB

The Royals have already surpassed their loss total from 2015.

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