Weekend Rumblings – News for January 29, 2022
Alec Lewis looks at the depth of hitting prospects in the system.
Erick Pena, OF: Scouts have shown interest in Peña from the beginning, and it’s easy to see why. Peña stands 6 feet-3. He weighs 205 pounds. He is tall and thin. The body, in the words of one scout,’s screams impact big-league. That’s why the Royals paid him a reported $ 3.8 million to sign out of the Dominican Republic into the international free agent market. Problem is, Peña’s talent did not translate into games. In 137 batting beats last season in the Arizona Complex League, the 18-year-old hit 57 times and posted a .570 OPS. Dealing with the struggle was not easy; it forced Peña to adjust certain elements of his routine in search of answers. However, the Royals have had some serious discussions with Peña about what could be possible if he stays the course. A scout provided his position of the union: “Guys with longer leverage often need a swing adjustment to a growth spurt. I’m still a big fan.”
Lynn Worthy talks to MJ Melendez about his struggle, his return and his future.
Late last season, the Royals played him on third base at Triple-A. The idea behind trying him out in different positions is that it could help him get into the major league series that includes a entrenched All-Star catcher and franchise cornerstone in Salvador Perez.
Melendez said he saw it as a “compliment” to the Royals trying to find different ways to get him on the field.
“If I get an opportunity at any position, I want to be there to help the team win,” Melendez said. “Whatever I have to do, I’m excited, ready and willing to do it.”
Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report tops his prospect rankings with – who else? Bobby Witt, Jr.
It’s going to be a fun run, Kansas City. Do not waste time worrying about the day that Bobby Witt Jr. may no longer wear a Royals uniform. We have a minimum of six or seven years to enjoy it. There is a chance that this kid will go down as one of the two or three greatest players in the history of the organization. Of course, there’s a chance he’s more like Alex Gordon than George Brett, but talking about Alex Gordon as a potential floor for any player should speak volumes about how talented he is. The 2022 Royals are going to be fun to watch, because so many of the guys we talked about in our preseason rankings should make their debut, but the 2023 Royals can really be the start of one of the best windows this team has had since the early 80s. The wait is almost over.
Kevin O’Brien by Royals Reporter look at the seventh level of Royals prospects.
Shortstops Vazquez and Candelario and catcher Hernandez going in 2021 were seen as young, raw but highly projectable talents who could surprise in the lower levels of the Royals system, although it would take a while before they reach the Major League level reached. All three players were teenagers who started last season, so they were expected to go through growing pains, especially after a lost Minor League season.
That said, all three went through more than just their fair share of struggles last season, and the biggest concern about the Royals’ ability to properly develop recent signings from Latin America is due to the struggle of this trio a years ago.
David Lesky by Inside the Crown writes about the labor talks and Hall of Fame vote.
Batoul Hammoud by Kings of Kauffman look back at David DeJesus.
The Padres rent former Cardinals manager Mike Shildt as a consultant.
Former White Sox midfielder Gordon Beckham announces his retirement.
The pitcher David Hess says he is cleared for action after chemotherapy for a cancerous tumor.
Carlos Beltran will join the YES broadcast booth for Yankees games.
MLB will not requires vaccines for minor leagues in 2022.
Padres starts jars trade candidates can become.
Doen Lou Piniella facing a difficult road to get to Cooperstown?
The night the Macarena Yankee Stadium taken over.
The Sacramento Kings ends their pursuit of Ben Simmons.
The new Kevin James movie about Sean Payton does not sound great.
Parasites that thrive in hot weather kills Minnesota moose.
Class reunions remains a popular TV troop.
Your song of the day is Loretta Lynn and Jack White with Portland, Oregon.