KANSAS CITY -- The Arizona Fall League wraps up this week with the final games in the next few days and the championship game on Saturday.
The Royals have several representatives playing for the Surprise Saguaros, so let’s recap how they’ve done entering the final week:
2B/OF Peyton Wilson
The breakout star of the Royals’ contingent in Arizona has been Wilson, who has an .848 OPS across 19 games with 12 RBIs and 15 walks compared to 18 strikeouts. That performance earned him a Fall Stars Game nod. And the 24-year-old switch-hitter had a two-homer game on Oct. 11, which was surprising from a 5-foot-8 utility player who hit only six homers for Double-A Northwest Arkansas this past season. But the No. 26 Royals prospect has been a line-drive machine for Surprise this fall while also playing second base and left field.
“The plate discipline has been great,” said Mitch Maier, Royals director of player development. “He’s going to be that versatile player that has value on the bases, that will hit the ball hard for extra bases. He’s done a nice job all year. You never have to worry about Peyton Wilson showing up every day to get better. He gets after it and tries to take advantage of every opportunity he gets.”
RHP Eric Cerantola
An under-the-radar Royals prospect, Cerantola has continued to earn that status in Surprise this fall. Appearing in a long-relief role as he continues to build back up as a starter, Cerantola has a 3.75 ERA across 12 innings with 18 strikeouts and five walks. That command is a step in the right direction for the 23-year-old, who pitched wildly when the Royals picked him in the fifth round of the 2021 Draft.
“The stuff has always been there for Eric, that’s never been in question,” Maier said, “I think the consistency, the innings, he’s getting more experience under his belt in pro ball, and he’s continued to settle in to let his tools and ability show.”
INF Nick Loftin
Loftin, the Royals’ No. 5 prospect who made his Major League debut in 2023, only lasted two games before the club shut him down for the winter; his shoulder soreness continued after a tweak during the final series of the regular season.
Loftin was playing in the Fall League in the first place to get more at-bats after missing more than a month of the season because of a knee injury. He went 3-for-11 with two doubles in those two games for Surprise.