Now the haters (of which there are many) might be saying, “Just because they’re the top prospect doesn’t mean they are anything to write home about”. To them I say, “Nay, hold thy tongue”. Of those 13 players, 5 of them end up on someone’s Top 100 prospects lists in all of baseball. (Singer, Lee, and Melendez made 2, Lynch and Matias each made 1; I included Keith Law’s Top 100 list).
Q: You had a couple of elite level catching prospects in Lexington. How much easier do they make your job as a pitcher?
DL: “I was lucky to have MJ catch me every start except for one. He and I formed a great relationship and he really took accountability for getting to know how I like to pitch and what my strengths were. I am very grateful for that, it makes my job easier knowing we’re on the same page. The same thing goes for Sebastian, he took controlling the game and being a leader very seriously and it showed by the way he handled the staff.”
Pena is a left-handed hitting outfielder standing 6’3″ who speaks both English and Spanish. He trains with John Carmona and is expected to sign for a sum between $3-$4 million. Badler says he is an advanced hitter who makes consistent hard contact with his strong hands.
The Royals started throwing around Hernandez’s name before the start of last year’s minor league season. JJ Picollo told me last January about Hernandez saying he is a guy you need to pay attention to because he is going to be a top 20 guy for us by the end of the year. And Hernandez was.
In fact, it’s entirely possible that the Royals could start 2018 with a better bullpen in Omaha than the one they’ll have in Kansas City by virtue of decisions meant to delay service time, build inventory, and give Rule 5 picks a chance.
With this, O’Hearn defied all logic when it comes to league-to-league transitions. He was somehow better. He never missed a beat, hitting a home run in his first major league game, hitting for a 138 wRC+ in the month of August, and a 157 wRC+ for September.
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