KC Royals Prospects: An early look at the farm system

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Two top KC Royals prospects are struggling at the plate in Triple-A ball.

Pitching results have been good so far at Omaha, but the same can’t be said for some key Storm Chaser hitters. Fortunately, others are doing well.

Leading the way for the Storm Chasers is Emmanuel Rivera, who spent some time with the Royals last season. He’s slashing .294/.415/.500, leads the team in OPS (.915), is second in average, runs scored and hits, and third in home runs. If his current pace continues, Rivera might force his way back to Kansas City before other top-prospects.

Nick Pratto has struggled but broke out Sunday with a 2-for-4 performance that included his first triple of the season. But through 47 at-bats, he’s slashing just .213/.288/.468 with 19 strikeouts and just four walks.

MJ Melendez has a disappointing .543 OPS. The young catcher and heir-apparent to Salvador Perez has failed to record a single multi-hit game and, although he’s walked seven times, he has just five hits, and only two in the past week.

However, Vinnie Pasquantino has an excellent .449 OBP and is slashing .297/.449/.405 after a 3-for-3 Sunday saw him fall just a home run shy of the cycle. He also has more walks than strikeouts to start his season.