Welcome to a new series called Get to know a Royals prospect! In this series, I’ll be looking at prospects at each level, giving you some background and analysis about each of them. The talent in the Kansas City Royals minor league system runs extremely deep. This series will aim to help you get to know about some of the great players that make up the Royals minor league system, including the ones you read and hear about daily and some of the not-so-well-known prospects. I’ll give you the background of where the player came from, take a look at their minor league numbers, provide some analysis about each player, and potentially feature some incredible stories that look at the human behind the athlete.
Here’s a list of the ones I’ve written up so far:
This week we take a look at left handed pitcher Noah Cameron. From St. Joseph, MO (which is about an hour from Kauffman Stadium), Cameron was taken in the 7th round of the 2021 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Central Arkansas. He got himself on the MLB draft map as a freshman at Central Arkansas where he went 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA while striking out 91 batters in 95.2 innings. Like many others, his 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that small stint, he struck out 31 batters in 28 innings, finishing with a 2.57 ERA.
Unfortunately, in 2021 Cameron tore his UCL which led to Tommy John surgery in August of that year. This played a factor in him falling to the 7th round. Tommy John didn’t scare the Royals away from Cameron though. He finished his rehab with the Royals and made his professional debut this year. He has a strong 6’3 frame and his fastball has been up to 94 mph. Prior to the Tommy John surgery, Cameron sat around 88-91 mph. He pairs that with an above-average changeup.
Cameron struggled with walks in his first couple of starts in April, but May has been a complete 180. Cameron has given up one earned run in 9.2 innings while striking out 14 and only walking one. In his most recent start on May 4th, Cameron was perfect. He went five innings pitched with seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, the feed didn’t have velocities, but he was able to command his fastball in the zone.He did a great job at just pounding the strike zone and was able to keep hitters off balance by mixing his pitches. His changeup looked as advertised. It had great deception and helped him overpower hitters with his fastball.. His curveball showed some good break, but was average. More loopy than a tight break. Cameron will be an interesting one to watch as he develops this year, especially if he is able to gain some more velocity on his fastball.