While the ongoing MLB Lockout casts more and more doubt around an uninterrupted 2022 season, the calendar is still a few weeks from March. That means baseball will soon sit center stage on the minds of sports fans everywhere.
Regardless of what happens with the lockout, Minor League Baseball will start on time because MiLB players are not a part of the MLBPA. MiLB Spring Training is less than a month away and offers desperate baseball fans a temporary relieve from these dreaded CBA negotiations.
Fortunately, ESPN recently released a top-100 list of current MLB prospects and there's a lot to love for Kansas City Royals fans.
The Royals own two spots in the top-25 of this ranking, including a coveted No. 2 spot held by dynamic shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. Witt owns consensus recognition as one of the best future stars in baseball thanks to his unique combination of hitting for contact, power and A+ arm and glove at arguably the sport's most important position.
ESPN's Kiley McDaniel even comps Witt Jr. to a young Carlos Correa or Trevor Story in this ranking. The former No. 2 overall draft pick split time between AAA and AA last year, slashing .290/.361/.576 with 33 home runs and 97 RBIs across 123 games.
The Royals also see a top catching prospect land in the top-25 of this list, MJ Melendez at No. 24. The power-hitting catcher also spent time split between AAA and AA last year, slashing .288/.386/.625 with 41 home runs and 103 RBIs in 123 games.
It's hard not to think of the face of Kansas City's franchise, Salvador Perez, when thinking about Melendez. Perez is fresh off the best year of his MLB career at age 31, where he lead the league with 48 home runs and 121 RBIs.
For now, this is enough baseball excitement to hold Royals fans over until both the players and league can reach an agreement on a new CBA.
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