Kansas City Royals: Team has 6 players represented in Arizona Fall League

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Similarily, they’ll have three position players.

Gabriel Cancel, 1B

Cancel was a seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft. He slashed 0.239/0.304/0.424 with 29 doubles, 18 home runs, and 67 RBI’s. He struck out 141 times in 119 games and took just 34 walks. He’s listed on the AFL roster as a first basemen but he primarily played second base for Double-A NW Arkansas this year. It will be interesting to see if he sees all of his time at first base.

What he needs to work on:

Cancel strikes out way too much. In his last 10 games, he batted just 0.146 with 15 strikeouts. Look for him to cut down on the K’s.

Kyle Isbel, OF

A third-round pick in the 2018 draft out of UNLV, Isbel did just ok in 49 games at High-A Wilmington this season. Last season, he batted 0.289 in Single-A Lexington but that didn’t carry over to the next level. He slashed 0.223/0.284/0.375 with 7 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 23 RBI’s.

What he needs to work on:

Isbel’s 0.659 OPS would have put him in the bottom third of the Carolina League had he qualified with enough plate appearances. Look for him work on getting those hits and walks up.

Brewer Hicklen, OF

Hicklen was a seventh-round pick out of UAB in 2017. He spent all of this season with High-A Wilmington and slashed 0.269/0.372/0.481 with 12 doubles, 7 triples, 14 home runs and 50 RBI’s. He finished the season strong, hitting 0.385 in his final 10 games with 5 home runs and 9 RBI’s.

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What he needs to work on:

Boy, it’s hard to nitpick on Hicklen. His OPS was third best in the Carolina League and had the 5th most home runs as well. Just keep on keepin’ on.