Royals Promote Top Prospect

With Cam Gallagher on the injured list, the Kansas City Royals needed to call up a catcher to replace him. Now, they have done just that, as MJ Melendez will take over the backup role while Gallagher is sidelined.

This call-up is one that all Royals fans should pay close attention to. Melendez is currently ranked as one of the best prospects in all of baseball and is coming off of a spectacular 2021 season. In 124 games between Double-A and Triple-A, he led all minor league players in home runs with 41. With that, he also added 103 RBIs and had a solid .288 batting average. Thus, he has the potential to be an excellent hitter in the majors. 

It will be intriguing to see how often Melendez is utilized while with KC. With the team having star catcher Salvador Perez, he probably won't see too much time behind the plate. Yet, they should consider giving him some at-bats at least, as it would be cool to see what the kid is capable of.

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