Jake finished with 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, with 3 strikeouts in his big league debut. Congrats Jake!
As you can see, along with a chance to hit more HR than any teenage catcher in the league, Melendez also leads the pack in ISO and is near the top in SwStr%.
Last year, as the fastball was coming in, it had a lot of life, jumping arm side with movement. This year, that is still there, it just isn’t as sharp. This could be due to a slight loss of velo or could indicate that he is not transitioning energy into the ball as well as he did last year. As in all things, it’s probably a combination of both.
#1 LHP Richard Lovelady – AAA Omaha
Even though I’m starting from scratch, Lovelady still tops my list based on how I look at guys in the minors. There is no one else in the system I don’t think that has the highest probability to be a successful major leaguer at their respective role. There are certainly higher upsides, but when you mix probability and upside, I think Lovelady wins out.
Despite these improvements, the farm system is still considered near the bottom in baseball, according to experts. Baseball America, who ranked the Royals second-worst in organizational talent before the season, recently updated their organizational rankings mid-season, but still have the Royals at #26.
Charlie Neuweiler reminds me a bit of Astros rejuvenated stud Charlie Morton. Check out that thread for more.