2019 Royals Farm Report Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: 60-51

Welcome back. This version of our prospect rankings will look eerily similar to the rankings we released in our E-Book right before the MLB Draft at the very beginning of June. We made some minor tweaks to the rankings themselves, but most of the changes will simply reflect the prospects that Kansas City added through the draft.

Please remember that these rankings mean absolutely nothing outside of a few peoples’ opinions. If we leave your favorite player off of our rankings, that doesn’t mean they won’t become a successful big leaguer. Please enjoy these rankings for what they are, our  opinions. As always, thank you for reading, and do enjoy the release of our newest Royals prospect ranking!

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#60: Dante Biasi, LHP

  • Age: 21 (December 4, 1997)
  • Birthplace: Wilkes Barre, PA
  • Bats/Throws: L/L
  • Ht: 6′ 0″ Wt: 205
  • Acquired: 2019 MLB Draft
  • 2019 stats (Burlington): 2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 K, 0 BB

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#59: Samir Dueñez, 1B

  • Age: 23 (June 11, 1996)
  • Birthplace: Macuto, Venezuela
  • Bats/Throws: L/R
  • Ht: 6′ 1″ Wt: 230
  • Acquired: International Free Agent
  • 2019 stats (Omaha): 161 PA, .215/.267/.376/.643, 6 2B, 6 HR, 33 K, 11 BB

Dueñez got off to a dreadful start at NWA to begin 2019, but has picked it up a bit since. Coming into 2019, all Dueñez had ever done was hit, so I’m willing to look past a slow start. The power seems to have increased a bit for Dueñez, even through his struggles, as he’s hit 7 HR already and we’re not quite to the AAA All-Star Break. I don’t know that Dueñez will every be a big league regular at first base, but if he can grow into some more power and improve his plate discipline just a touch, he could provide some value as a left-handed bat with pop off the bench.

#58: Travis Jones, UTIL

  • Age: 23 (September 29, 1995)
  • Birthplace: Humble, TX
  • Bats/Throws: R/R
  • Ht: 6′ 4″ Wt: 210
  • Acquired: 2017 MLB Draft
  • 2019 stats (NWA): 215 PA, .264/.354/.363/.717, 8 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 16 SB, 57 K, 20 BB

Travis Jones is a really good athlete. He’s been playing a lot of first base for NWA but he can play both corner outfield spots as well. He’s too big and too strong to be posting a sub-.100 ISO (I didn’t even realize it was that low), but he’s starting to get his plate discipline and approach in good shape at AA. If the power ever comes around, he’s a big leaguer, in my opinion. He’s just not shown any whatsoever at AA thus far.

#57: Janser Lara, RHP

  • Age: 22 (August 10, 1996)
  • Birthplace: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • Bats/Throws: R/R
  • Ht: 6′ 0″ Wt: 170
  • Acquired: International Free Agent
  • 2019 stats: N/A

Lara was one of my favorite relief prospects heading into 2019 and I was really excited to see how he’d handle Wilmington. He has not pitched yet this season and I haven’t heard a word about him either. Not good for the ole prospect status. He’s a top 50 guy if he’d have pitched at all, or if we even knew what was wrong here.

#56: Grant Gavin, RHP

  • Age: 23 (July 10, 1995)
  • Birthplace: Parkville, MO
  • Bats/Throws: R/R
  • Ht: 6′ 2″ Wt: 185
  • Acquired: 2016 MLB Draft
  • 2019 stats (NWA): 27.2 IP, 4.23 ERA, 35 K, 16 BB

A non-closing right-handed relief prospect, Gavin won’t come with a ton of ceiling. He could however serve as an effective mid-relief pitcher in the big leagues some day. Gavin’s spin rates are already higher than the MLB average, giving some extra life to a fastball that works in the 92-94 mph range. His best secondary offering is an absolute hammer of a curveball, and he’s recently begun working on throwing a splitter to help neutralize lefties.

#55: Foster Griffin, LHP

  • Age: 23 (July 27, 1995)
  • Birthplace: Orlando, FL
  • Bats/Throws: R/L
  • Ht: 6′ 3″ Wt: 220
  • Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft
  • 2019 stats (Omaha): 74 IP, 5.35 ERA, 68 K, 37 BB

Another year, another disappointing showing from the lanky lefty. The potential is all there. He’s shown flashes of brilliance at times. He’s just not been able to put it all together yet. I really wonder how much of it is Griffin’s fault and how much should be put on the Royals player development, but nonetheless, Griffin has been really disappointing in 2019. It is nice to see a little uptick in strikeouts for Griffin this year.

#54: Scott Blewett, RHP

  • Age: 23 (April 10, 1996)
  • Birthplace: Baldwinsville, NY
  • Bats/Throws: R/R
  • Ht: 6′ 6″ Wt: 210
  • Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft
  • 2019 stats (Omaha): 66 IP, 7.23 ERA, 44 K, 33 BB

Just copy and paste Foster Griffin’s paragraph here. Minus the strikeouts.

#53: Rudy Martin, OF

  • Age: 23 (January 31, 1996)
  • Birthplace: Olive Branch, MS
  • Bats/Throws: L/L
  • Ht: 5′ 7″ Wt: 155
  • Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft
  • 2019 stats (Wilmington): 177 PA, .190/.281/.241/.521, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 16 SB, 58 K, 17 BB

Rudy Martin has some really nice tools. The kid can absolutely fly around the base paths. He’s got some sneaky pop for a kid that’s 5′ 7″. He has hit really well at some of the lower levels of the minor leagues. He just hasn’t put it all together at Wilmington yet. The strikeouts are a bit worrisome, but if Martin can get on base even at a respectable clip, his game changing speed will continue pushing him through the system.

#52: Humberto Arteaga, INF

  • Age: 25 (January 23, 1994)
  • Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Bats/Throws: R/R
  • Ht: 6′ 1″ Wt: 160
  • Acquired: International Free Agent
  • 2019 stats (Omaha): 260 PA, .292/.323/.388/.711, 7 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 10 SB, 28 K, 9 BB

Arteaga is one of the three best defensive prospects in the entire organization. He probably won’t ever hit enough to be an every day regular in the big leagues, but he should be able to carve himself out a solid bench role as long as he’s just adequate with the bat. Kid is so much fun to watch in the field.

#51: Yunior Marte, RHP

  • Age: 24 (February 2, 1995)
  • Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Bats/Throws: R/R
  • Ht: 6′ 2″ Wt: 180
  • Acquired: International Free Agent
  • 2019 stats (NWA): 35 IP, 1.54 ERA, 36 K, 13 BB

Yunior Marte finally got the bump to AAA Omaha. After completely dominating the Texas League to begin the season, Marte will move on from NWA after originally joining the team in 2017. When Marte is on, he’s completely unhittable. Consistency has been Marte’s biggest issue in his career to date, but he’s seemed to solve some of those issues early on in 2019. This kid could legitimately be in Kansas City in September if he keeps pitching like this.

 

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