Minor League Minutes: 4/25/22

Here’s a quick update on the RFR Draft League. This has been a lot of fun to follow already. We’ll definitely be adding two teams next spring with listeners of the RFR Podcast. Stay tuned for how to enter to get to be a part of that next year.

Brewer Hicklen103126326924
Michael Massey84331421135
Nick Loftin1228641143
Tyler Tolbert9127177526
Carter Jensen61411151935
Anthony Veneziano5100
Alec Marsh156129
Adrian Alcantara1156130
Nate Webb0
Will Klein0
Nick Pratto821362421329
MJ Melendez53210183625
Seuly Matias822219914
Darryl Collins8318122623
John Rave612111451035
Angel Zerpa1931126
Drew Parrish11071124
Frank Mozzicato0
Jon Bowlan0
John McMillon648
Vinnie Pasquantino1031213931453
Maikel Garcia12214137435
Tucker Bradley7211262524
Kale Emshoff32232033
Erick Pena512626187
Asa Lacy135126
Jon Heasley12031148
Noah Murdock111012
Ben Kudrna0
Yefri Del Rosario85116

Be sure to check out our first top-10 ranking for the 2022 MLB Draft.

Cross has been mocked to the Royals at #9 a couple of times by Baseball America, and while it wouldn’t be my *favorite* pick at the moment, there’s certainly a ton to like about the 6′ 3″ lefty. Cross’ exit velocities are among the very best in the entire draft class, and he’s cut way down on his strikeouts this spring with just a 9.7% K% in 30 games for the Hokies this spring.

The Royals “City Connect” uniforms dropped last night.

ESPN’s Joon Lee has more on the uniforms and the detail they included. Royals senior vice president Sarah Tourville said the team did not want to reference BBQ because it was “too obvious”. However, the uniforms include several references to the baseball history of the city, including the navy blue color, which was worn by the Athletics, Monarchs, and other pro teams that played in Kansas City.

AAA Omaha (9-9): W 9-7

Omaha scored eight runs in the first inning of yesterday’s game, got a quality start from Jonathan Heasley, and cruised to their ninth win of the season. Kyle Isbel hit his first HR of the season leading off the game and then doubled later, finishing the day 2-4 with a walk. Nick Pratto, MJ Melendez, Brewer Hicklen, and JaCoby Jones all had multi-hit days as well. Omaha returns home on Tuesday to take on the Toledo Mud Hens at 12:05 pm.

Box Score:
– Kyle Isbel: 2-4, HR, 2B, BB
– Nick Pratto: 2-4, BB, K
– MJ Melendez: 2-5, 2 2B
– Emmanuel Rivera: 1-5, K
– Clay Dungan: 1-3, HR, BB
– Brewer Hicklen: 2-4, 3B, 2 K
– Jon Heasley: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 3 ER

AA Northwest Arkansas (7-8): W 4-3

Michael Massy hit his third home run in as many days yesterday as the Naturals capped off their third win in a row to take the series from Frisco. Alec Marsh, Yefri Del Rosario, and Jonah Dipoto combined for nine strikeouts in eight innings in the victory. NWA returns home on Tuesday to take on the Amarillo Sod Poodles at 11:05 am.

Box Score:
– Nick Loftin: 1-5
– John Rave: 0-4, BB, SB, K
– Michael Massey: 2-5, HR, K
– Seuly Matias: 0-5, 3 K
– Nate Eaton: 2-4, 2 K
– Tucker Bradley: 2-3, BB, 2 SB
– Alec Marsh: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 ER
– Yefri Del Rosario: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 R
– Jonah Dipoto: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 R

A+ Quad Cities (5-10): W 18-1

It was an ass beating of magnificent proportions in Wisconsin yesterday. The pitching staff struck out just three batters, but allowed just six hits. The River Bandits had 16 hits on offense to go with 10 walks en route to their two-plus touchdown win. Quad Cities returns home on Tuesday to take on the South Bend Cubs at 6:30 pm.

Box Score:
– Diego Hernandez: 2-6, HR, 3B, 3 K
– Tyler Tolbert: 2-5, 3B, SB
– Tyler Gentry: 2-4, 2B, BB, K
– Luca Tresh: 2-5, HR, BB, K
– Herard Gonzalez: 3-3, 2 HR, 3B, 3 BB
– Parker Bates: 3-6, HR, 2 2B
– Charlie Neuweiler: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 ER
– Caden Monke: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 R

A- Columbia (6-9): W 13-12

It looked like the Fireflies might cruise to an easy victory yesterday and then Down East scored six runs in the eighth inning. Carter Jensen mashed his org. leading fourth home run in the victory and Omar Hernandez walked it off in the 10th inning. Columbia hits the road this week for a series in Myrtle Beach beginning Tuesday at 6:05 pm.

Box Score:
– Darryl Collins: 1-4, 2 BB
– River Town: 2-5, HR, 2B, 2 SB, BB, K
– Carter Jensen: 1-3, HR, 3 BB, SB
– Omar Hernandez: 2-4, 2 BB, SB, K
– Wilmin Candelario: 0-2, 3 BB, SB
– Jaswel De Los Santos: 1-3, 2 BB, SB
– Ben Hernandez: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 4 ER
– Rylan Kaufman: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 5 ER

2 thoughts on “Minor League Minutes: 4/25/22

  1. Hi Alex, – Where are Webb and Klein and what is estimated time of return to the field? I remember Klein being mentioned at end of ST but nothing about Webb. No Lacy start vs. Leiter on Saturday – what’s the deal? Where did River Town come from – wow, what a couple of weeks!

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    • Good morning!

      Webb will be back in July. Nothing too serious but taking it slow. Klein had shin splints…not sure about his time line. Lacy scratched due to back tightness.


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