Royals Farm Report Week in Review: 7/22-7/28 – So long, Moose

Michael Moustakas is no longer a Kansas City Royal.

In a bit of sensical, but still sad news, the Kansas City Royals have traded long-time third baseman Mike Moustakas to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are currently 2.5 GB of the NL Central leading Cubs but lead the NL Wild Card by 2 games. In return, the Royals will get 24-year old CF Brett Phillips and 25-year old RHP Jorge Lopez. Let’s take a look at the two players the Royals got in return.

Check out Patrick’s scouting report on the prize of this trade, Brett Phillips.

A sixth round pick by the Houston Astros in the 2012 draft out of a Florida high school, Phillips struggled out of the gate to start his professional career, hitting zero home runs his first two seasons. He exploded onto the scene in 2014 though, knocking out 29 doubles, 14 triples, and 17 home runs, while swiping 23 bags on his way to a .310/.375/.529 slashline in 130 games across Low-A and High-A.

And on bullpen arm Jorge Lopez.

In other news, we released the latest edition of our prospect rankings on Friday. Check out #5 here. #4 will be to you on Monday.

A 6′ 5″ righty from the University of Florida, scouts and coaches raved about _________’s stuff. __________ typically features a fastball that sits between 93 and 95 with a good downward plane. Adam McIntruff said recently that ________ probably possesses the ability to throw the ball 100 mph if he was really trying. He possesses a changeup that looks like it belongs in a cartoon, and his curveball is actually a really nasty pitch, he just doesn’t control it very well yet.

Seuly Matias set the Lexington Legends (A-) single-season HR record this week.

MLB Pipeline released its latest top 30 Royals prospects list. I gave you my thoughts.

Leaving Gabriel Cancel off of this list is outrageous.

Drew checks in on RHP Arnaldo Hernandez.

Marcus takes a look at Marten Gasparini who has been on fire in July.

Though he struggled for most of the first half, since a multi-hit game on June 27, Gasparini’s been on fire, hitting .349/.423/.508/.930. That’s good for a 166 wRC+ over that stretch and he’s brought his full-season slash line to .247/.302/.353/.655.

The Royals are growing their next great bullpen down on the farm.

Former first round pick Nolan Watson fired a CGSO earlier this week.

Joel takes a look at some early returns on 2018 draft picks.

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.

The Royals made another trade earlier this week, this time for OF Brian Goodwin.

Trading Whit Merrifield to Cleveland makes too much sense, apparently.

Look, Whit Merrifield has been worth more in terms of fWAR by himself (3.2 fWAR) than the entire Cleveland Indians outfield has as a unit (2 fWAR).

Drake breaks down some high school hitters you need to know for the 2019 MLB Draft.


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