With the Arizona Fall League in the midst of their All-Star Break, it may be the perfect time to take a look at the Royals prospects currently playing for the Peoria Jalevinas. Therefore, here is a look at how these players have fared thus far this season.
Jorge Bonifacio: The highest ranked prospect for the Royals playing in the AFL, Bonifacio has also seen the most action of any Kansas City prospect. Thus far, he has appeared in thirteen games, posting a .234/.275/.340 batting line. On the plus side, five of his eleven hits have gone for extra bases, as Bonifacio has hit five doubles in the first half. On the downside, Bonifacio has walked only once, and struck out eleven times in his 37 at bats.
Orlando Calixte: As part of the shortstop platoon, Calixte has been the better hitter of the two. However, that speaks more to the struggles of Nolan Fontana than to anything that to anything that Calixte has done. At this point, he has produced only at a .189/.210/.287 rate with a double and a triple. Much like Bonifacio, Calixte has struggled to make contact, striking out ten times against one walk.
Cheslor Cuthbert: Cuthbert has fared the best of any of the Royals prospects in term of making contact, with only six strikeouts. He also has the only home run of the Royals players in the AFL. However, those have been pretty much the highlights of his time in the AFL right now, as Cuthbert has only produced a .184/.220/.316 slash line.
Lane Adams: The AFL has been a disaster for the soon to be 24 year old Adams. Not only has he struggled with the bat, hitting at a .132/.214/.158 rate, but he has also struggled defensively, making three errors in the outfield in eleven games. About the only positive for Adams has been his four walks.
Now, for a look on the pitching side.
Jason Adam: Adam has been the most active of the Javelinas starting pitchers, with his five starts and twenty innings both leading the team. Although his ERA of 4.50 may not seem that impressive, Adam has given up under a hit per inning and has a three to one walk rate. Both his ERA and his 1-1 record could easily be better.
Malcom Culver: Culver is another pitcher who seems to have been victimized by bad luck thus far. Despite only giving up eight hits and two walks in his 9.2 innings of work, Culver has a 4.66 ERA, with an 0-1 record and two holds. Half of the baserunners that Culver has allowed have come around to score, a rate that one would have to expect would improve in the second half.
Angel Baez: While Adam and Culver could seemingly have better number than they do, Baez could easily have worse statistics than what he has produced thus far. Considering that Baez has a 8.66 ERA, that is somewhat staggering. Yet, Baez has given up twelve hits and six walks in his 9.2 innings, with four of those hits going for home runs. However, the one thing that has saved Baez has been his ability to strike out the opposition, as he has sixteen strikeouts.
Noel Arguelles: Arguelles started off his time in the AFL on the disabled list, and is working his way back from injury, which may explain his struggles thus far. Although he has only given up seven hits in his 7.2 innings, Arguelles has walked eight batters with only three strikeouts. Control has been an issue for Arguelles over the last couple of seasons, as he has walked 119 batters against 103 strikeouts.