Not much has gone right for the Kansas City Royals during the 2022 MLB season. The team currently sits 10.5 games back in the AL Central with a 14-26 record and their best player sits on the injured list (Salvador Perez). The time to call up young reinforcements is quickly approaching.
The good news is that the Royals' farm system is full of talent and features a couple of players ready to make the jump to the big leagues. All they are waiting for is the call from manager Mike Matheny. Here's a look at three Kansas City prospects who need to be called up before the All-Star break.
Kansas City Royals Prospects
1. Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B
The lack of power throughout the Royals starting lineup has to be a concern at this point. Kansas City has smacked the fourth-fewest home runs in the league (28) and power hitting first baseman Carlos Santana only has 6 long balls on the year. Meanwhile, No. 4 prospect Vinnie Pasquantino is hitting the cover off the baseball at the Triple-A level. The 24-year-old is slashing .275/.380/.585 across 40 games played and has hit 10 home runs. Pasquantino has also racked up 30 runs scored, 40 RBI and 3 stolen bases. There's no downside in bringing him up to occasionally act as the designated hitter.
2. Drew Parrish, LHP
Drew Parrish continues to pitch well no matter what team he is on and what opponent he is facing. After posting a 2.52 ERA in 2020 and a 2.83 ERA in 2021, the 24-year-old is off to another hot start in 2022. Parrish owns a record of 4-2 to go along with a 1.85 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in eight starts for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He has tallied 41 strikeouts compared to only 10 walks and was recently named a Double-A pitcher of the week. His quick rise in the system should result in a call up to the big leagues, especially considering the Royals own the fifth-worst team ERA in baseball (4.70).
3. Josh Dye, LHP
Another lefty on the mound that could be beneficial to the Royals right now is Josh Dye. Dye has been working out of the bullpen for the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers this season and showing off a nasty pitch arsenal. The 25-year-old has struck out 16 batters and walked only two in 19.2 innings pitched. His 4.12 ERA means he still has some growing to do, but having him in the bullpen to face left-handed batters would be a great option for Matheny in the later innings. Dye could learn a lot from fellow left-handers Amir Garrett and Gabe Speier.
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