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