Royals third baseman Mario Lisson ranked on the back end of Kansas City’s Top 30 prospects in 2005 and 2006, but fell off this season after a second straight year in the low Class A Midwest League.
But last year was the most time Lisson spent on the field, playing 130 games at Burlington and wound up hitting .263/.368/.421 with 13 homers in 463 at-bats.
Signed as a nondrafted free agent in 2002 out of Venezuela, Lisson was one of former Royals’ general manager Allard Baird’s favorite prospects. Still just 22 years old, Lisson is off to a hot start at high Class A Wilmington, coming off a 5-for-5 night on Thursday in the Blue Rocks’ 4-3 win against Kinston.
And an American League scout had plenty good to say about the third baseman:
“He moves really well for a big kid,” the scout said. “He just seems to get very good reads. I’ve seen him make plays going back on balls that would have caused a lot of guys fits over there, and I’ve seen him charge balls and make that throw on the run.
“Good lateral movement as well with plus arm strength. Offensively, he puts the ball in play–solid, disciplined hitter. He hit balls hard all over the place the last few days. Line drive stroke that he’ll shorten up when he needs to. Smart hitter.
“This is a guy who might be getting it all together.”