Sunday, August 8, 2010

Omaha thoughts

Last Friday I took in my first Omaha Royals game (also mentioned here by the fantastic Lee Warren) which means it was also my first look at some prospects. So instead of writing a post questioning Ned Yost's love for Willie Bloomquist I thought instead I'd share my thoughts on some future Kansas City Royals. So while I realize one game is too small a sample size to make any definitive conclusion I felt I did see enough to form some opinions. It was also Star Wars night and I won't deny that playing a part in deciding which Omaha game to attend. Now then, on to my amateur analysis.

Edgar Osuna
When Lee Warren tweeted that Osuna was starting I was thrilled because I was going to get to see a legit prospect and not some 4A retread (if you like to follow Royals minor leaguers then you should be following Lee on twitter). I had heard that Osuna doesn't have enough velocity to be a major league starter but looking at his numbers in AA I was hopeful. Well hopeful has gone to doubtful. Wily Mo Pena (yes that Wily Mo Pena) hit two home runs off Osuna, one of which left the yard at the speed at light.
Osuna departed in the third inning after allowing 6 hits, 4 walks, and 3 home runs. After Devon Lowery allowed all three inherited runners to score Osuna was tagged for 9 earned runs. In two AAA starts Osuna has given up 16 earned runs in 7 innings, now two starts shouldn't damn him to life as a LOOGY but it's not looking good for him.

Mike Moustakas
Moustakas didn't have a good game, he was 0-4 with a walk. He hasn't made a AAA adjustment yet where a lot of pitchers are 4A guys but I believe he will. It looked to me like he was pressing, and I say that because he was swinging early in the count but remember I'm someone who has never seen him hit before so take it for what's worth. I know some were hoping to see him reach Kansas City this year but his .245/.257/.436 line for Omaha would suggest that's not likely.

Tim Collins
More than anyone Collins was the guy I wanted to see and, man, he didn't disappoint. First thing I noticed was that he is really tiny the second was he has big stuff. Former major leaguer Pena hit rockets his first four times up, besides his two home runs off Osuna he also singled hard off Lowery and Louis Coleman but Collins made him look plain silly. I'm guessing it was a curve ball that Pena struck out on because he started his swing well before the ball reached home plate. Collins then proceeded to strike out Aaron Cunningham and Josh Barfield (another former big leaguer) looking. In the 8th inning he got three ground ball outs, needless to say I was very impressed with his outing. I went to sleep that night with visions of Collins/Soria locking down meaningful games in the near future.

Lucas May
For a brief instant I thought May had a grand slam in the first inning but the ball was caught either on the warning track or just shy of it (hard to tell from my seat), he hit it hard though. His next at bat he hit a rocket into the corner for a double (which I shakily got on video, see below). I thought he had a good approach at the plate and defensively I didn't see anything that raised any questions. Given Brayan Pena's lack of playing time I gotta believe May backs up Kendall next year and maybe at some point even becomes the starting catcher. The general consensus is that he's destined to be a career backup but I hope KC at least gives him a shot at starting before deciding his career path.

Jarrod Dyson
Dyson is fast, really fast and he covers a ton of ground in centerfield but he reminded me Joey Gathright and as you recall he didn't pan out in KC. Dyson may be a different story but if used as a defensive replacement/pinch runner he could have some value for the Royals even if he can't hit big league pitching. However he may want to hit because I can't see them carrying him if they also have Derrick Robinson, a similar player.

Omaha lost the game 13-6 but it was still a very positive experience. I will definitely try to attend at least one game a year from here on out, providing the Royals continues to feed Omaha their top prospects.


  1. It's reassuring to hear from a fan who saw Collins throw in person. He threw 3 consecutive scoreless tonight as well!

    I was talking with Lee Warren the other day, he told me that May's bat is looking nice, sharp and powerful, but hasn't seen him behind the plate enough to make judgment on his defensive and game calling abilities.

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus projects Lucas May to be the starting catcher for the Royals. (Future Shock -
    Ladies And Gents: Your 2013 Kansas City Royals

    Robert Ford echoed your thoughts about May being the backup to Kendall in 2011.

    Good stuff! Keep it up!

  2. I'm officially on the Collins bandwagon, the dude can pitch. I had read Goldstein's post, he makes some assumptions (Myers to RF, Colon to 2B) but it was an interesting read. This sudden optimism I have about the future is unfamiliar but yet exciting.

  3. Why has Collins been traded twice this year? If he is that good (and I'm not doubting the analysis), it's hard to imagine why teams would give up a solid lefty.

  4. I'm still trying to figure out why Atlanta traded him so I can't really answer your question. I am a believer in his stuff though.

  5. Great post, thanks Jeff. I wonder if Collins is traded around due to his height. Maybe there are questions about durability. I'd love to see him in KC though.