Minor League Minutes: 7/31/18 – Happy Trade Deadline

The Kansas City Royals have selected the contract of first base prospect Ryan O’Hearn.

Keep your eyes open for the next move. Lots of different possibilities.

Check out the latest edition of our mid-season prospect rankings with #4. #3 will be out tomorrow morning.

4. ________________, RHP

DOB: 8/4/1996
B/T: 
R/R
Ht/Wt: 6’5″ 210 lbs
Levels Played, 2018: N/A
Acquired: 201_ MLB Draft, 1st Round
ETA: 2020
2018 Stats: N/A

Drew recaps the week for the red-hot NWA Naturals (AA).

Transactions:
7/23 – Eric Skoglund assigned to NWA on rehab
7/23 – Luis Lugo assigned to NWA
7/23 – Dallas Beeler released
7/24 – Blaine Boyer assigned to NWA on rehab
7/24 – Jesse Hahn assigned to NWA on rehab
7/28 – Andres Machado recalled by Kansas City Royals
7/29 – Andres Machado optioned to NWA

As we count down our own top 100 list, don’t forget to check out how we compare to MLB Pipeline.

Top 10 First Basemen

#7 Nick Pratto

Hit: 55     Power: 55     Run: 40     Arm: 55     Field: 60     Overall: 50

Is there a trade market for Lucas Duda? He could be on the move with O’Hearn coming up.

Shaun Newkirk describes what a new TV deal could mean for the Royals.

Still, the Royals are likely (per Mellinger) to bring in somewhere between $60-80M a year from the regional broadcast, a ~20% boost in revenue. Obviously all of that isn’t going towards on the field talent, but it’s not unreasonable to think that half or so could be spent towards player salaries.

Tyler Dierking thinks Kyle Isbel is the real deal.

While attending UNLV, Isbel had a very nice career. Hitting a career slash of .322/.390/.512 with 40 doubles, 15 triples, and 21 home runs over three years and 170 games. What I find to be impressive was his plate discipline. He struck out just 124 times while walking 69 times. That’s good enough for a 1.8:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

We agree.

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