Minor League Minutes: 8/1/18 – O’Hearn Goes Deep

Ryan O’Hearn made his big league debut last night, and he did not waste it.

FanGraphs released their updated Royals prospect ranking. Check out my thoughts here.

Happy to see Gabriel Cancel here. He’s every bit deserving of that ranking. Emmanuel Rivera’s defense is probably what separates them at the moment as Cancel has been the better hitter.

In his debut for Royals Farm Report, Josh Payton talks about Jecksson Flores and Arnaldo Hernandez.

Repeatedly he made stellar plays in the field ranging from above average to spectacular.  Quick fluid feet and efficient lateral movement allow his soft, quick hands to play well at middle infield positions.  Consistent fielder, and his energy was infectious, sometimes talking to himself or beating his chest after making a play he knew was good.

Joel writes up a Prospect Watch on 2018 draft pick Nathan Eaton.

Remember the last time the Royals traded for one of Milwaukee’s extra outfield prospects? Yeah, that went well.

Lorenzo Cain:

  • Age – 24

  • In 43 MLB games

    • 158 PA, .306/.348/.415/.763, 1 HR, 7 SB, 107 wRC+, 5.7% BB%, 17.7% K%

    • Hit well in the minors after struggling in 2009

    • Defensive minded player with some contact issues

Did I tell you Ryan O’Hearn made his big league debut?

Nicky Lopez is on fire, writes Minda Haas Kuhlmann.

A key resource in compiling this column is the Baseball-Reference game log on each player. The game log for Omaha shortstop Nicky Lopez looked unbelievable, because 15 hits in five games seems like it has to be some kind of data aggregation error. Five of those came in one game, wherein Omaha scored 15 runs on 23 hits against Fresno.

Morgan Vogels of Kings of Kauffman wants to know if Richard Lovelady will be up soon. So do I.

Is he likely to earn a shot this season?

The answer here is yes. The lefty has a lot of talent, and he’s only 23. Which bodes well for the Kansas City Royals if he can continue to have success in his relief role.

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