Kansas City Royals: 3 top minor league players of the month

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1. Charlie Neuweiler, RHP

Charlie Neuweiler was a fifth-round pick in the 2017 MLB draft for the Royals. Neuweiler, 20, played his high school ball at McClancy Memorial High School in Queens, New York. He spent the remainder of the 2017 season getting acclimated to life as a professional pitcher in the Arizona rookie league.

In 2018, Neuweiler started the year with the Burlington Royals before being promoted to Single-A Lexington and made 11 starts there. In those starts, he threw 50.0 innings and struck out 46 batters to 23 walks. He has remained in Single-A for all of this season as well.

He’s made 27 starts and threw 148.2 innings while striking out 153 batters to 63 walks. Neuwiler was susceptible to the long ball but he allowed batters to hit just 0.241 off him. However, he really came into his own in the month of August.

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In 5 starts, he tossed 30.0 innings while striking out 43 batters and allowed batters to hit just 0.219 off him all to the tune of a 2.70 ERA. Neuwiler has been really good in the second half of this season with a 3.42 ERA in 13 starts. He’s likely due for a promotion to High-A Wilmington next season.