While guys like Jackson Kowar, Daniel Lynch, and Kyle Isbel have dominated headlines and conversation early in their pro careers, there are many other players who were drafted last month. Let’s check in on some other notable players from the Royals 2018 Draft Class.
Eric Cole (Burlington): OF, 4th Round
8 G, 35 AB, .257/.301/.486, .787 OPS, 1 HR, 3 RBI
The Arkansas leadoff hitter is starting to find his groove for the rookie league team. He’s 4-14 over his last 3 games with a home run and 3 RBI. He is a switch hitter as well with good speed and a good glove. He looks like a guy who could be a consistent player as he moves forward.
Austin Cox (Burlington): P, 5th Round
4 G, 2.70 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 30 K/5 BB, 16.2 IP
Austin Cox is off to a great start in Burlington nearly striking out two per inning. With a WHIP around 1, he is commanding his pitches well. He looks like another college arm that is primed to excel in the system.
Jackson Lueck (Burlington): OF, 8th Round
22 G, 91 AB, .313/.398/.545, .943 OPS, 3 HR, 9 RBI
The Florida State product in the middle of an eight-game hitting streak that has seen his average rise from .257 to .313 between AZL and Burlington. He’s only struck out four times during the streak so his bat to ball skills are pretty impressive.
Jon Heasley (Idaho Falls): P, 13th Round
5 G, 3.32 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 14 K/4 BB, 19 IP
Heasley has pitched fairly well in a very hitter-friendly league. His WHIP is fairly high for right now, but he’s been able to keep his walks down in his innings so far this season. His command was an issue at Oklahoma State in the spring, so hopefully he can continue to work through that. He has strikeout stuff, now it’s about finding the command.
Kyle Hinton (Burlington): P, 16th Round
9 G, 2 SV, 2.20 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 22 K/7 BB, 16.1 IP
Hinton has pitched well out of the bullpen so far this season, his WHIP under 1 is evidence of that. He is 2 for 3 in save opportunities early in the season as well.
Nathan Eaton (Idaho Falls): C, 21st Round
29 G, 106 AB, .377/.477/.642, 1.119 OPS, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 8 3B, 19 BB/21 K
Eaton is definitely thriving in the hitter-friendly environment in Idaho Falls. Nearly walking as much as he strikes out, his on base percentage is as impressive as his batting average. He also has speed for a catcher, which isn’t found too often. If he can keep this up as he continues to progress in the system, the Royals could have two great catching prospects between him and M.J. Melendez.