Arizona Fall League Update: 11/8/21

Let’s start here today:

This is a FANTASTIC update for the Royals. Add in the fact that Jonathan Bowlan is already throwing baseballs in some capacity in Arizona (recovering from Tommy John Surgery), and the Royals best three remaining pitching prospects are all headed in the right direction so far in Arizona. Asa Lacy has appeared in the Arizona Fall League, as has Alec Marsh now, plus Bowlan. All three ended their seasons with injuries, all three appear to be doing just fine.

Marsh’s AFL debut didn’t go all that well, as he gave up 2 HR in 1.1 IP, but he also struck out 3 batters and topped out around 96 mph, so that’s great news. Just happy to see him healthy and pitching in real games again. He could very well be the Royals top prospect this time next year, if he doesn’t graduate before then, so any kind of signs of life after a very quiet summer are great signs.

Alright. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Nate Eaton:
– .345/.387/.517/.904
– 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run
– 4 walks, 13 strikeouts
– 4 stolen bases, 0 caught stealing

Nate Eaton wasn’t going to hit .400 forever, but he did add his first AFL home run last week, so he continues to be very productive against great competition.

Seuly Matias:
– .222/.333/.524/.857
– 1 double, 6 home runs
– 11 walks, 24 strikeouts

So far, Matias is running up a 14.7% BB%, 32% K%, and .302 ISO. THAT. WILL. PLAY. This is exactly what we all wanted to see from Seuly before the AFL began. The K% could be a little lower, sure, but if he’s going to hit for this much power and walk this much, he can strike out a little more and still be okay. This is an outstanding development for the young man’s future and, to be honest, I’m having a hard time controlling my excitement. If he gets to Omaha and holds his own by the end of 2022…..

Asa Lacy
– 7.2 IP in 4 starts
– 15 K, 6 BB, 5 H

Lacy’s fall appears to be done. I’ve not heard anything injury related but it is possible. I won’t speculate because it’s entirely possible this was the plan all along. Get out there, get a few starts, and start your fall while Marsh takes your spot on the roster. In any case, we didn’t learn anything new about Lacy this fall, just good to see him have been healthy enough to make some starts before heading (hopefully) to AA next spring.

Zach Haake
– 12 IP in 4 outings
– 11 K, 7 BB, 10 H

Haake walked 3, gave up 4 hits, and struck out just 1 batter in his 3 innings of work this week. His stuff has been pretty good for the most part, but I think it’s safe to assume he’s not quite far along on the development curve just yet to protect on the 40-man roster this offseason. He’s exactly the type of guy teams like to take a chance on, but the Royals have some other guys that need protecting that could result in Haake left unprotected.

Alec Marsh
– 1.1 IP in 1 start
– 3 K, 1 BB, 3 H

Marsh sat in the mid-90’s and appears to be healthy. That’s about as much as I care about this start.

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