MiLM 9/1/21: A Tale of Two Benintendis

I wrote up a pretty lengthy piece recently describing how we can use league comparative (“+”) stats to get a better feel for just how good the Royals MiLB hitters have been relative to years past. 2018 Comparable Players– Eloy Jimenez (21): 129 OPS+, 105 BB/K+, 161 ISO+; 124 career wRC+ in big leagues– Brandon…

Minor League Minutes: 8/26/2021

The newest episode of the RFR Podcast is up. Joel and I sat down with Geoff Pontes (@ProspectJesus), the co-founder of Prospects Live, to talk about PL’s midseason top 30 Royals prospect list and where the Royals system stacks up against the rest of MLB. In yesterday’s Minutes I wrote about the crazy season that…

Minor League Minutes: 8/25/2021

I wrote recently about the decisions the Royals will have to make regarding the Rule 5 draft this offseason, and about how their roster will look on Opening Day in 2022. You can read about that here. First, here is a list of players that are either free agents at the end of the season…

Minor League Minutes: 8/19/2021

Be sure to check out the most recent edition of the podcast. Joel and I sat down with LHP Anthony Veneziano to talk about his delivery, the progress he’s made since being drafted in 2019, and his time at Coastal Carolina. Be sure to check out John’s interview with 2021 4th round pick Shane Panzini.…

Minor League Minutes: 8/18/2021

The new leaderboards are out. Vinnie Pasquantino leads all Royals minor leaguers in K%, wRC+, and doubles. The season he’s having has been nothing short of incredible and deserves more attention from Royals fans. K% 1.) Vinnie Pasquantino: 13.6%2.) Nick Loftin: 13.8%3.) Michael Massey: 14.2%4.) Darryl Collins: 14.5%5.) Clay Dungan: 15.4% Vinnie came in at…

Minor League Minutes: 8/14/2021

Apologies for the lack of content up at the site so far this week. Been a little bit of a hectic week for me but I should be able to at least get some Minutes up 4-5 times a week now. In any case, thanks to all of you who read our site and follow…

Minor League Minutes: 8/6/2021

A group of 2021 draftees made their professional debuts last night in Arizona: – 2nd round comp pick Peyton Wilson finished 0-2 with a BB and a K for the Gold team – 6th round pick Dayton Dooney finished 0-3 with a K playing for the Blue team – 9th round pick Parker Bates finished…

Minor League Minutes: 8/3/2021

The newest episode of the RFR Podcast is out. MJ Melendez joins the show to talk about his offensive renaissance at Northwest Arkansas. For anyone who wasn’t following along with us in 2017, I interviewed MJ’s dad, Mervyl, after the Royals drafted MJ in the 2nd round back in 2017. It was pretty clear from…

Minor League Minutes: 8/2/2021

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our mid-season top 51 Royals prospects. Biggest Strength: Pitching and Middle Infield Biggest Weakness: Legitimate CF Options Potential Risers for Preseason 2022: Omar Hernandez, Dayton Dooney, Austin Cox, Carter Jensen The next episode of the RFR podcast will be later tonight. Make sure to check out the episode from…

Minor League Minutes: 7/30/2021

Photo of Jackson Kowar: Minda Haas Kuhlmann (@minda33) Happy Trade Deadline Day! Yes, the MLB trade deadline is a day early this year due to the 31st being on a Saturday. In case you missed it, the Royals got a head start on the action yesterday by dealing Danny Duffy to the Los Angeles Dodgers:…

Minor League Minutes: 7/29/2021

We released our #6-10 prospects yesterday. Check out where Asa Lacy and Kyle Isbel rank. #9: Erick Pena, OFAcquired: 2019 International Free Agent (Dominican Republic)Bats/Throws: L/RAge: 182021 Stats (ACL): 73 PA, .222/.329/.413/.742, 1 HR, 9 XBH, 16 K : 9 BB, 1 SB, 89 wRC+ And then we released prospects #1-5 late last night (early this morning?). See how…

Minor League Minutes: 7/28/2021

We released prospects 11-20 yesterday. Make sure you check that out before our top 10 begins today. #14: Frank Mozzicato, LHPAcquired: 2021 MLB Draft (1st Round, 7th Overall)Bats/Throws: L/LAge: 18 Here we go. This ought to be good. I just want to make something abundantly clear: I see the next four players on this list as being entirely…

Minor League Minutes: 7/27/2021

We released prospects #21-30 on our mid-season top 50 yesterday. Make sure you check out the list before we begin the top 20 later today. There are currently just 41 teenagers with 150+ PA in Low-A this season. Darryl Collins ranks 15th in wRC+ (108), 1st in BB/K (0.81), 3rd in K% (14.7%), 9th in…