Champlain has a 3.08 ERA in 19 starts between two levels this season, getting the bump up to Double-A in June. The 24-year-old isn’t overpowering with a mid-90s fastball but knows how to pitch with it, pairing it nicely with his slider and curveball that he spins extremely well. The 6-foot-5 Champlain is a bulldog on the mound and the Royals love his presence and durability.
Fall: Beck Way, RHP (Preseason: 11 | Midseason: NR)
Way flashes a nasty slider with the potential for elite break and swing-and-miss, but he has taken a step backward this season in Double-A. He has a 10.13 ERA over 13 starts -- with 38 walks in 37 1/3 innings -- which prompted a move to the bullpen so he could get more looks per week and find consistency with his stuff. He’s had better results as a reliever, with a 2.57 ERA across nine appearances.
That’s where he’ll likely stick, and his stock could rise if he gets on track with his fastball-slider combination.
New to the list
Here are the players added to the Top 30 from outside the organization:
No. 1 Mitchell, C (No. 8 overall pick in 2023 MLB Draft)
No. 10 Blake Wolters, RHP (No. 44 pick)
No. 16 Carson Roccaforte, OF (third-round pick)
No. 19 Hunter Owen, LHP (fourth-round pick)
No. 23 Jared Dickey, OF (11th-round pick)
No. 24 Spencer Nivens, OF (fifth-round pick)
No. 25 Henry Williams, RHP (acquired from the Padres in the Scott Barlow trade)
No. 26 Hiro Wyatt (third-round pick)
No. 30 Devin Mann (acquired from the Dodgers in the Ryan Yarbrough trade)
Impact callup: Loftin
The Nicky Lopez trade to Atlanta opened a lane on Kansas City’s Major League roster. It has been filled by Samad Taylor for now as the Royals get him looks behind Michael Massey at second base and behind MJ Melendez in left field. But the Royals want to get looks at some of their prospects as the difficult season winds down, and Loftin, who is healthy again after dealing with an earlier right knee injury, could be one.