Who's KC's next big-time youngster now that they've dealt Wil Myers?
Sorry, suckers. That was it!
The Royals have finally decided to mortgage a portion of their future, which also included pitcher Jake Odorizzi, in a seeming attempt "to go for it." Which is a respectable act. But, as a result, the rest of their top prospects - which are still quite good, at least according to Baseball America - aren't even close to debuts.
Carrying the torch, for the intents and purposes of this exercise, is the club's major league catcher, Salvador Perez, who'll be 23 in May. The organization expected his above-average defensive ability to be the primary source of his contributions. His superb plate discipline would keep him afloat, at minimum, while he learned to translate the raw power locked inside that 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame into bombs to drop.
A pretty serious knee injury in March derailed his train, but Perez rehabbed with a vengeance and played in 76 games last year. His 437 major league at-bats have produced a .311 batting average and 14 home runs. Apparently, he learns faster than Kansas City thought.
He certainly looks like No. 1 catcher material already. Perez's aptitude for making contact minimizes the risk involved in pursuing him for fantasy purposes. The allure of 15 or 20 homers from him in addition to a quality average should make fantasy owners ready to pony up. Be careful not to overdo it, and Perez should make some of your money back, at least.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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