The Legends have started off the season, opposite of the weather: Hot. Despite playing in cold temperatures, the Legends have been solid at the plate and on the mound. Currently, they are tied with the Delmarva Shorebirds with an 8-2 overall record. After the opening home stand, the Legends were 6-1, even sweeping the Greenville Drive. As the Legends wrap up their first road trip, let’s break down the break out players for the Legends in the early part of the season.
Seuly Matias has had the best start for the Legends. He had four home runs through the series of the opening homestand, and still leads the South Atlantic League in home runs (4). He is third in the league with RBI (10) and fourth in slugging percentage (.686). Once he reaches base, Matias is not afraid to swipe bags for extra bases. He has two stolen bases so far this season. Matias is only 19-years-old and is looking like one of the most electric players on the Legends roster.
Tyler Zuber has earned a save in all three save opportunities that he has been in. He has tossed 5.0 innings and has not allowed a run. He has given up just one hit and has yet to allow a free pass. Zuber has eight strikeouts through those 5.0 innings and has shown complete control with every pitch. He ends games quickly, and shuts down opponents.
Carter Hope has recorded a win in all three appearances on the mound for the Legends. Sitting at 3-0, he still has a 0.00 ERA after tossing 7.1 innings. He allowed one hit while striking out eight and not walking a batter. Hope has come out of the bullpen for his three outings, but has shown how dominant he can be.
One of the top prospects in the Royals system, Nick Pratto has shown how versatile a player he can be. Pratto is currently batting .303 with three doubles, one home run, six RBI and a stolen base. He has started at first base, all but one game. His footwork first and presence at the plate has proven why he is ranked so highly on prospect lists.
MJ Melendez has been splitting time with Sebastian Rivero behind the dish, but has proven that he can hit for extra bases. Melendez is batting .300 with two doubles, two triples, one RBI and a stolen base. Once Melendez gets settled behind the plate, he is a strong back stop with hard throws to second.
Travis Jones has been one of the most varied position for the Legends. He has played in both the infield and outfield, as well as designating hitting. At the plate, Jones is batting .273 with a double, an RBI and three stolen bases.