Kansas City Royals who won’t see playing time – Number 6: Sebastian Rivero
The Royals have some promising catchers in their farm system and another name to keep an eye on is Sebastian Rivero, a 21-year old prospect from Venezuela.
Rivero had a nice three-game stint in Omaha last season, batting .375, but struggled during his time in Wilmington, which is where he was for most of that year. He hit just .212 in 288 at bats.
It’ll be great to see Rivero get some playing time in Summer Camp, but the issue with him and the next entry is his position. There isn’t a strong need for more than two catchers on an MLB roster, meaning Rivero won’t be needed during the regular season.
Kansas City Royals who won’t see playing time – Number 5: MJ Melendez
Melendez is only 21 years old and has plenty of time to try and learn the ropes in the minor leagues. Not having a season this year will hurt his development, but at least he’ll get an opportunity to catch meaningful innings in camp this month.
Melendez batted just .163 in 363 at bats for Wilmington last year so it’ll be a good chance for him to work on his batting skills too. He won’t make a regular season appearance this year (barring injuries of course) due to the catcher position being occupied by Perez, Cam Gallagher, and Meibrys Viloria.