When talking about the Royals minor league system, it begins with Bobby Witt Jr. He has the tools and baseball acumen to be one of the best players in the game and a stud from a fantasy baseball standpoint. He should arrive in the third week of next season to allow the Royals to have seven years of team control. As impressive of a story that Witt Jr. has been this year, MJ Melendez and Nick Pratto’s journeys might have been more impressive. In 2019, both were strikeout machines…striking out well over 30%. I thought as did many, they might not make it. But, they worked on their swings, and both improved, rather dramatically. Melendez cut his strikeout rate in half (almost unheard of) and Pratto by 25%. Both players should join Witt Jr. at some point during the 2022 season.
Prospect Quick Shot
- Top Prospect: Bobby Witt Jr.
- Biggest Mover: MJ Melendez
- Emerging Prospect: Nick Loftin