The 13throunder out of Oklahoma State in 2018 relied on his fastball for most of this game, sitting mostly in the low 90s range, and occasionally touching 95. His curve, which had a nice sharp 11-5 glove-side break to it, and changeup were a distant second and third in usage, and he was able to get two of his nine strikeouts using the curve.
The Naturals made one of the southern road trip this week going to Amarillo and Frisco. Monday was a travel day and Sunday got rained out so they only played five games this week in which they won three. They took the series at Amarillo and split the series in Frisco. This team is making progress. Now they just have to take that momentum as they head into the second half.
With All-Star Breaks taking place, it gives us a chance to reflect back on a “first half” of sorts for some of our Royals prospects. Before we dive into individual prospects, here’s a look at how each affiliate has fared as a team thus far.
The Royals added a ton of LHPs in the 2019 draft, and Drew Parrish is one of the most polished of the group. The story of the College World Series is all about Florida State’s head coach Mike Martin. Martin has been at FSU since 1980 and will be retiring once this season is done. FSU has never won the CWS and this is the last chance for the winningest coach in NCAA D1 history.
The 2019 Lexington roster will send Jonathan Bowlan, Austin Cox, Jon Heasley, Chase Vallot, and Michael Gigliotti to Charleston, WV, for the Southern Division All-Stars. As with their High-A counterparts, Lexington’s pitching has been a definite strength this year. All stats listed are as of end of play on June 14th.
While experienced, the roster is a mostly unrecognizable as none of the 30 are on the Royals Farm Report Top 25 and only 2 are in the Top 75: Juan Carlos Negret and Mike Emodi. JCN is a youngster we all know with significant power potential who struggled at Burlington last year. I am looking forward to seeing how these two power bats play out in the hitter friendly Pioneer League.
The Royals drafted Murdock 199th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft. I’ve been working my way through the NCAA pitchers the Royals took. With ESPN picking up so many NCAA baseball games over the last few seasons, it’s a great opportunity to watch these guys and see what they throw and how they work.