Lexington And Lakewood In Rome
So poison ivy sucks. Great way to start a post, I know, but it’s spreading through the family and we are all full of itchy bumps. Nevertheless, I’m off to Rome this evening to see Raul Jr. or Adalberto Mondesi play baseball. He’ll face Lucas Sims (yes, I see Sims quite a bit), so this should be a test of the Royals shortstop’s place in the prospect pecking order.
Beyond Mondesi, Lexington is weak sauce. Bubba Starling had three hits last night and is now at .219/.307/.354 on the season. As you probably know, he’s not a favorite of mine. However, I’ll be fair during this multi-game look and hunt for signs of growth as his strikeout percentage has dropped by 4% from rookie level baseball last season.
As for Rome, the position players are still Jose Peraza and a bunch of non-prospects for the most part. But I have to admit, it will be fun to watch Kyle Wren play. He was a fine center fielder at Georgia Tech and will be the first real lead off hitter Rome has had in the five years I’ve been covering the club.
I read Lucas Sims was in the Baseball Prospectus top-50 or something to that affect. If a subscriber pays for BP, please set me straight. Regardless, I was a bit surprised with the ranking considering the stuff I’ve seen in person. Of course, I’ll keep watching and reporting directly to you.
This weekend/next week, Lakewood is in town. Admittedly, Carlos Tocci hasn’t been very productive, but he’ll be the second 1995 birthday I’ve scouted in person as a professional. Mondesi being the first. I shouldn’t be excited by this considering I was juiced to see a 1990 birthday when I first started writing, but I am. I guarantee he’ll be the best 17-year old with a sub-.600 OPS I’ve ever scouted.
Speaking of low OPS guys, Mitch Walding is struggling in Lakewood. To be honest, I have no idea what’s up with him. How can a 6-foot-3 player with an athletic frame who drops bombs in batting practice post a .304 SLG? Right now, he’s looking like a big swing-and-miss on my part. Maybe a couple of games will ease my concerns.
Another personal favorite, Roman Quinn, is also hurt and I’m not sure when he’ll return. Maybe the baseball gods will look down on me kindly and grant me a full roster of Lakewood prospects.
30 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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