Getting Royals Minor League Info From Pete Grathoff of the KC Star

As the minor league seasons wrapped up, we wanted to check in with Pete Grathoff of the Star to get his input. He does a little bit of everything for the paper, but this season, he’s been the lead on minor league updates.

We discussed Bubba Starling, Jason Adam, Lane Adams, and Hunter Dozier (and some others) with Pete. When our time with him was up, we talked about the names headed to the Arizona Fall League next month and gave a rundown of who we’re excited to see and what those assignments suggest about each player involved.

Later, we got to talking about the moving target of player evaluations and wrapped up by discussing what the winning season might mean for the Royals offseason. Will they be encouraged and see no need to improve or will they make an all-in push and sign some players to upgrade areas of need?

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  • jimfetterolf

    Not hearing much on the 18 year old Elijer Hernandez, even though he’s been having a good year alongside Dozier and Rocket and Stubbs. At his age and level, he’s starting to look real interesting. A+ second half of next year?

    • Michael Engel

      Seeing Hernandez repeat the same level and have significantly better success is really encouraging. He’s going to be a part of the advanced instructional league team the Royals have working in Arizona, so I’d imagine he’ll probably be opening next year in Lexington and spending all year there unless he just tears it up. Dozier will be there too.

      Rockett and Stubbs will be on the regular roster for what it’s worth. I really liked Stubbs out of the draft though.

      Hernandez probably suffered from the “what have you done for me lately” problem. Mondesi got all the attention out of that July’s signing group and Hernandez struggled so a lot of the national attention was shifted, so that now he’s catching up in that sense. As a result, the fans who don’t obsess over this stuff day after day (but still check in) don’t see his name as often, so they don’t ask as often, etc etc. That’s my hunch on it at least.