The guys at Royals Farm Report are currently working on our aggregate rankings for our Royals prospect rankings coming later this winter. As I was looking at my rankings, I came across a curious case in Blake Perkins. Part of me legitimately wants to have Blake Perkins in my top 10. Part of me wonders if he’s worthy of being in the top 20 of what is now something of a semi-deep system.
On the surface, Perkins doesn’t appear to be much of a sexy prospect. The now 22-year old slashed .240/.381/.322/.703 in 291 PA with the Wilmington Blue Rocks (A+) this summer after being traded to KC for Kelvin Herrera. When you dig a little deeper though, Perkins becomes an incredibly attractive asset to have in the organization.
Among all qualified hitters in the Carolina League this summer, Perkins ranked 3rd in stolen bases (29), 2nd in walk percentage (15.4%), 11th in speed rating (5.6), and 6th in BB/K ratio (0.69). He is an elite defensive prospect in CF, and his speed is among the best in the Royals organization. Oh, and he’s a switch hitter that didn’t start learning to switch hit until he was drafted by the Nationals in 2015.
I ran a quick historical comparison search, and found these names among some offensive similarities as Blake Perkins that also played in the Carolina League since 2012:
- Deven Marrero
- Tony Wolters
- Luis Alexander Basabe
- Gavin Sheets
- DJ Burt
- Victor Caratini
That’s not a bad list. There are already a couple of major leaguers on that list and a couple more that have a pretty good chance in their future. The one thing that separates Perkins from that list is his elite defensive ability in a premium defensive position. Wolters and Caratini are catchers. Marrero and Sheets are corner infielders. Burt plays 2B, which is good, and Basabe plays CF. (This all speaks really well for one DJ Burt too, by the way).
I don’t think Perkins is a sure fire major league all-star by any means, but he is slowly crawling up my ranking of Royals prospects. It’ll be fun to get a glimpse of him with AA Northwest Arkansas in 2019, a jump that some say is the toughest in minor league baseball.