With the offseason upon us, it leaves a tremendous opportunity to delve deeper into the players in the farm system for the Kansas City Royals. We begin with the 30th ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Ofreidy Gomez.
For those who are unfamiliar, MLB Pipeline offers up a list of the Top 30 Prospects in each system around the MLB. In the 30th slot on the list in the Kansas City Royals farm system is right handed pitcher Ofreidy Gomez. He was with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the 2018 season.
A Brief Scouting Report
MLB Pipeline has the righty’s ETA in the MLB listed as 2020. He grades out at 45 overall, with his fastball graded highest at 60. Also in the scouting report, they attribute him getting hit hard to his lack of control.
His second best pitch is his curveball, but it is not as consistent as his fastball. According to MLB Pipeline, he needs to improve on both the curveball and the changeup in order to see success at the Major League level.
In his 2018 season, he finished with a record of 6-10, all with Wilmington. He tallied a 3.70 ERA through 27 games, 22 of which he started. Through those appearances, he tallied 135 innings of work, gave up 134 hits, walked 61 batters, and struck out 104.
He yielded a .260 average to his batters faced and tallied a WHIP of 1.44. He also had one save on the season.
The 23 year old out of the Dominican Republic signed with the Kansas City Royals in 2012. He spent three seasons with the Dominican Summer League Royals.
When will he get his chance in the Major Leagues?
As mentioned above, MLB Pipeline predicted that he will not get a chance to be up with the Kansas City Royals until 2020. Although, it may be even later than that. The Royals have a plethora of young talent that has the potential to quickly ascend through the minor league system.
He likely will not be a starter in the majors, but he could find success in a bullpen role.