Kansas City Royals: 3 prospects to keep tabs on in 2020

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1. Seuly Matias, OF

Seuly Matias has dealt with a hand injury that has hurt his performance for most of 2019. The former international free agent played 94 games in Single-A Lexington last season, slashing 0.231/0.303/0.550 and displayed incredible power for a player his age. Matias will turn 21 early next month, but he smacked 31 home runs with 63 RBI’s in 2018.

As is common with most young players, he also struck out a lot; 131 K’s in 338 at-bats to be exact. This season, he’s been hampered by hand injuries all season long with the latest being a fractured hand back in mid-July. He was promoted to High-A Wilmington this season but has played just 57 games there and his power has taken a hit (no pun intended).

On the season, Matias is slashing just 0.148/0.259/0.307 with 4 home runs and 22 RBI’s. He’s currently ranked as the team’s 11th best prospect according to MLB Pipeline but he definitely has the opportunity to not only move up in the team’s rankings, but potentially crack the MLB’s Top 100 prospects.

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He should focus on getting back healthy and ready for next season. If he can take some at-bats this season, great. However, there aren’t many games left for High-A Wilmington so it almost makes more sense for him to resume playing in the Arizona Fall League.