Minor League Minutes: 4/20/22

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I released my top-10 MLB Draft Prospects for the 2022 draft yesterday. We’ll have a collective ranking in our RFR Draft Guide later this summer, but for now, you can see how I think the rankings stand at the moment.

I get it, he isn’t the greatest defender in the world, but teams would be outside their minds to let him fall to #9. Jung was actually mocked to the Royals in the latest Baseball America mock draft, so I guess it’s not totally out of the question, but for the life of me I cannot imagine why eight teams would pass up on him right now.

Be sure to check up on Jared’s “Get to know a Royals prospect” series. The latest edition features RHP Eric Cerantola.

The only thing is that his stuff is extremely raw. Even in his first taste of professional baseball, he struggled with command. He was taken in the first five rounds just based on the projection of what his stuff could turn into if he developed even just average command and control. Since he is already 21 years old, Cerantola has started the year in Low-A Columbia, bringing his elite stuff to the mound.

AAA Omaha (6-7): L 1-2

Omaha’s offense has been a roller coaster to begin 2022. Last night was the bad as the Storm Chasers mustered just three hits against the Memphis Redbirds. Jonathan Heasley was brilliant on the mound, but Brad Peacock couldn’t hold on to a 1-0 lead despite what was an otherwise brilliant performance from the Omaha bullpen, something we’re getting used to.

Box Score:
– Clay Dungan: 0-4, K
– Nick Pratto: 0-4, K
– MJ Melendez: 1-3, BB, 2 K
– Emmanuel Rivera: 1-4, HR
– Vinnie Pasquantino: 1-3, BB
– Brewer Hicklen: 0-2, BB
– Jon Heasley: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 ER

AA Northwest Arkansas (3-7): L 3-4

Speaking of a sputtering offense, the Naturals had just two hits in a loss to Frisco last night. Neither Omaha nor NWA struck out much, they just haven’t been able to get the ball to roll their way very often in the early going. Alec Marsh was just okay on the mound, but the bullpen was scoreless between Zach Haake and Stephen Woods Jr. John Rave hit his first homer of the year, but that’s about all there was to write home about last night.

Box Score:
– Maikel Garcia: 1-5, 2 SB, 2 K
– Nick Loftin: 0-3, BB
– Michael Massey: 0-4
– Seuly Matias: 0-4, K
– John Rave: 1-1, HR, 2 BB
– Alec Marsh: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 4 ER

A+ Quad Cities (4-6): L 2-3

Another low-scoring affair from a Royals affiliate. Just four hits from the River Bandits last night makes it nine total hits from the Royals top three affiliates. Luckily, we’ll play again today.

Box Score:
– Diego Hernandez: 1-4, SB
– Tyler Tolbert: 1-4, K
– Luca Tresh: 1-3, BB
– Kale Emshoff: 0-4, K
– Herard Gonzalez: 0-3, BB, K
– Burle Dixon: 1-3, 2B, SB, BB, K
– Charlie Neuweiler: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 ER
– Caden Monke: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 ER

A- Columbia (4-6): L 4-6

Four runs on three hits last night, meaning the four Royals affiliates combined for 10 runs on 12 hits last night. Not great, Bob.

Box Score:
– Jaswel De Los Santos: 1-3, SB, BB, K
– Carter Jensen: 1-4, 2 K
– Darryl Collins: 0-3, BB, K
– Erick Pena: 0-3, BB, 2 K
– Omar Hernandez: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K
– Wilmin Candelario: 0-4, K
– Ben Hernandez: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 ER, 3 K
– Heribert Garcia: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 ER

Photo Credits: Jay Biggerstaff, USA Today


One thought on “Minor League Minutes: 4/20/22

  1. HI Alex, I was at the Storm Chasers game last night in Memphis. Heasley looked terrific – great command of all pitches, good tempo, had a couple of errors in the field that cost him but overall, outstanding. Hitters, not so much. Pratto hit a couple of balls well but right at them. MJ looked rough. I like Vinnie P. alot – He is aggressive but doesn’t swing from his ass every AB. He has an approach that works well. Day game today – TBD on starter.

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