If you haven’t had the chance to check out the most recent edition of our podcast yet, please be sure to do so. Clint Scoles of Royals Academy joined me to break down the Royals first 11 picks of the 2021 MLB Draft.
Michael Massey, 2B
Massey is wanted for the attempted murder of the entire Beloit Snappers pitching staff. Last seen: Beloit, Wisconsin. Seriously, from May 23rd through July 13th, Massey hit .325/.388/.603/.991 with 21 XBH and 25 K with a 163 wRC+.
I’ll give this draft a C+. Worse talent could’ve made it a D+ pretty easily and a better track record of player development could’ve made it a B+ pretty easily. I like the talent a lot. I don’t have a problem with WHO they drafted. It’s more of an issue with who they drafted as it relates to their players development strengths and weaknesses.
AAA Omaha (38-23): L 3-4
Rain played the role of fun sucker in this one. Daniel Lynch was cruising through 3.2 innings and then the game was delayed and Lynch’s night was over. Lynch struck out 6 and walked none while allowing no earned runs in his outing. He looked sharp doing it and Omaha is certainly in a better position to win that game with him on the mound. Offensively, Kyle Isbel, Angelo Castellano, and Jimmy Govern each finished 1-2 with a double. Jackson Kowar will take the mound for Omaha tonight.
AA Northwest Arkansas (32-29): L 3-4
Someone finally found a way to slow down the Naturals offense. That man deserves an award. Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto, and Clay Dungan combined to go 0-14 with a walk and 6 K on the night. MJ Melendez finished 1-4 with HR #18 and a K. Dairon Blanco was 2-4 with a double. Brewer Hicklen hit an inside the park HR. Angel Zerpa allowed just 1 run in 5.2 IP. Drew Parrish goes for NWA tonight.
A+ Quad Cities (41-20): W 5-3
This has been by far the Royals best and most consistent affiliate this year. The offense has been electric and they get some outstanding pitching performances from time to time. Asa Lacy allowed just 1 run in 4 IP last night with 4 BB and 5 K. The control continues to be erratic at best and the stuff continues to overwhelm A-ball hitters. Vinnie Pasquantino finished 2-3 with a pair of walks as he continues to look too good for the level at times. Eric Cole finished 2-4 with a triple. Tucker Bradley finished 2-3. Maikel Garcia picked up his first hit with the River Bandits and finished 1-4. Noah Murdock goes for QC tonight.
A- Columbia (30-29): L 0-5
Short of an Erick Pena promotion (which I’m not expecting any time soon), this Fireflies offense may continue to struggle in the absence of Maikel Garcia. The Fireflies combined for just two hits last night, both singles. Darryl Collins finished 0-2 with a pair of walks. Kale Emshoff finished 1-2 with a pair of walks. Rylan Kaufman struck out 5 in 3.1 IP. Adrian Alcantara goes for Columbia tonight.
In the ACL:
- Nate Eaton: 1-3, K
- Roger Leyton: 0-2, 2 BB
- Edgar Martinez: 1-3, HR, BB, K
- Erick Pena: 1-3, 2B, BB
- Rothaikeg Seijas: 0-1, 3 BB
- Diego Maican: 1-3, 3B, BB, 2 K
In the DSL:
- Daniel Vazquez: 1-2
Photo Credits: Tim Campbell