KC Royals fans are going to keep a close eye on the minor league teams this year, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks are the most intriguing team, as they have several top prospects on their roster in 2019.
Kansas City Royals fans are well-aware that 2019 is a rebuilding year for the boys in blue, so that means it’ll be another season of scouting the farm system and the minor league teams that come with it.
The minor league squad that I’m most looking forward to following this season is the Wilmington Blue Rocks, who have six of the Royals’ top seven prospects (see tweet below). Those players are: Brady Singer (#1), M.J. Melendez (#3), Daniel Lynch (#4), Nick Pratto (#5), Seuly Matias (#6), and Jackson Kowar (#7).
These youngsters are hopefully going to play a pivotal role in the Royals organization and will be the big stars in the next wave of call-ups.
Looking at these six prospects makes the Blue Rocks an exciting squad.
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Singer, Lynch, and Kowar are all pitchers who the KC Royals took in the first round of last year’s draft. Lynch and Kowar both pitched in the minors last year with Lynch posting a 1.58 ERA between two leagues (Single A and rookie) while Kowar had a 3.42 ERA during his time with Lexington (Single A).
Singer did not pitch for the Royals farm system last year, but Royals fans were fortunate to watch him and Kowar pitch for Florida in the College World Series. Any of these guys could potentially get a call-up in September if they pitch well in the minors this year, as they were all college pitchers when they were drafted. The development time doesn’t take as long for college players entering the minors.
While that’d be exciting, it’ll all depend on where the Royals are as a team. They probably won’t be vying for a playoff spot, so will the front office want to get the service time clock ticking on their future star pitchers? That’ll be the question.
The position players are exciting too and should be huge contributors for the Royals in the next few years. Melendez very well could be Salvador Perez‘s replacement when the fan favorite decides to call it a career while Pratto is the future first baseman and Matias could finally fill the void in right field.
Matias hit 31 home runs with Lexington last season while Pratto had a .280 batting average in just his second year in the system. Melendez, like Matias, has power, mashing 19 homers with the Legends last season.
All six of these players are 22 years old or younger. Singer, Kowar, and Lynch are all 22 and Singer will turn 23 in August. The three position players are all 20 years old, meaning they won’t be major league ready for another couple of years.
This might not be an exciting time to watch the major league Kansas City Royals, but the Wilmington Blue Rocks have six guys who are going to become future fan favorites in the coming years.
Keep your eyes on the Blue Rocks this season, Royals fans!