If Meibrys Viloria comes to Lexington next season, he’ll bring some strong credentials with him.
The Kansas City Royals won’t decide for sure who will be on the Legends’ roster until late in spring training, but the 19-year-old catcher from Colombia no doubt earned strong reviews for his 2016 season. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the short-season Pioneer League after leading the league in hitting at .376, doubles with 28 and runs batted in with 55 for the Royals’ affiliate in Idaho Falls. The Pioneer League plays a 70-game schedule, and Viloria saw action in 58 games.
Viloria is currently ranked 24th by MLB.com on the list of top 30 prospects in the Kansas City organization. He was not among the top 30 at the start of the 2016 season.
The MLB.com report said Viloria “has a patient approach and makes a lot of hard contact from the left side of the plate. While the Pioneer League is a hitter’s league, he does have emerging power that should result in plenty of doubles and double-digit home run totals.”
The catcher position provided a lot of offense for the Legends in 2016, as Chase Vallot and Xavier Fernandez combined for 22 home runs and 86 runs batted in.