2. Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B
Perhaps one of the most unknown prospects in the Royals farm system, Vinnie Pasquantino was an 11th round pick in this year’s draft. He played his college ball at Old Dominion and slashed 0.302/0.405/0.573 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI’s in his final season.
He’s your prototypical first baseman listed at 6’4″ and 225 pounds as a 21-year-old kid. Pasquantino has spent his time playing for the Burlington Royals since being drafted and has slashed 0.294/0.371/0.592 with 17 doubles, 2 triples, 14 home runs and 53 RBI’s.
The Richmond, Virginia native has already shown tremendous patience at the plate taking 27 walks in 57 games. He finished the season strong in August slashing an absurd 0.381/0.440/0.690 with 8 doubles, 5 home runs, and 22 RBI’s.
Most of his damage has come in the last 10 games, batting 0.324 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI’s. It’s still unclear what the Royals have in Ryan O’Hearn but he too has had a strong month of August. Nick Pratto is another first baseman in the Royals farm system and is ranked as the team’s 10th overall prospect.
However, Pasquantino surely got everyone’s attention and will most likely start next season at Single-A Lexington but could find himself in High-A Wilmington depending on what the Royals scouting and development department feels is best.