Pine Tar Press Top 40 Royals Prospects
#1 Wil Myers – The crown jewel of the organization shouldn’t have qualified for this list but will instead wait his turn in 2013 for another Frenchy flop. ¬†As a Royals player I believe Wil could be a major impact player, if they choose to trade him they should do so for no less than Matt Moore. ¬†The gap between he and #2 is quite large.
Kyle Zimmer (2) -¬†Some of the best raw stuff in the org combined into an athletic, sturdy frame. ¬†If the Royals are to get where they want/need then Zimmer will probably be one of the starters that carries them there. ¬†Compared to the #3 spot, Zimmer has better pure raw stuff than Jake and could become more than just an average starter.
Jake Odorizzi (3) -¬†Is he ready for primetime? ¬†Featuring the best combination of control and useable pitches Odorizzi may not blow hitters away with upper 90s fastballs the way Ventura does or feature the movement that Zimmer can but he knows how to use location to his advantage. ¬†Based purely off stuff Jake would probably rank further down the list but taking risk and floor into account puts Odorizzi at this spot.
Adalberto Mondesi (4) -¬†Woah what? ¬†Yes I’ll go with the shortstop with plenty of tools and just 17 years old over the still raw 20 something outfielder. ¬†Mondesi is young but he’s flashed an ability to do it all at the most premium position on the field. ¬†This was a tough decision and I’m sure most will not agree with it but when you consider Bubba’s risk factor compared to Adalberto I’ll go with the kid from a baseball family who has also flashed all five tools.
Bubba Starling (5) – Not an indictment on Starling’s season as much as it a praise of Adalberto’s. ¬†Starling still has a ridiculous toolbox he takes to individual games but his K rate and age combination scare me a tad more. ¬†This season should be a good test for the local boy to see if he’s able to recognize and damage breaking balls.
Yordano Ventura (6) -¬†If we gave Ventura’s arsenal of pitches to any other pitcher in the organization he’d probably rank #2 behind Myers but put it in the hands of a 6′ slightly framed body and it puts him down the list with the fear of injury and a spot in the bullpen. ¬†If he can stay healthy and keep developing the change up the way he had throughout 2012 then he’ll be the #2 prospect by midseason and in Kansas City by the end of the year.
John Lamb (7)- It has been a long time since we’ve seen Lamb at his best but folks could see the left-hander using his advanced pitching accument combined with his solid mid 90′s fastball once again this year. ¬†He’s been one of the few Royals prospects to show he can survive without his best stuff.
Jorge Bonfiacio (8)- Future power¬†and hitting ability to go along with an extremely strong arm. ¬†There are a few Royals prospects that have more athleticism than Jorge but only Myers is ahead of Bonifacio when it comes to probability of harnessing their tools.
Orlando Calixte (9) -¬†His power does the heavy lifting of his prospect status but finding consistency at that plate and in the field will ultimately decide if he makes it to the majors.
Miguel Almonte (10) -¬†Another surprise at ten to some but I believe Rene and his crew are the best scouts the Royals have at discovering talented arms. ¬†On top of that Almonte has shown a mid 90s fastball, good feel for the change up and a developing curve. ¬†It seems the Royals have another Kelvin Herrera or more on their hands with Almonte.
Sam Selman (11) -¬†The pitches Selman brings to the park could develop him into a front of the rotation starter, his inconsistency could make him fizz out or turn him into a LOOGY.
Jason Adam (12) -¬†Problems with the long ball in a pitching friendly environment put him down further in my mind than others. ¬†That said you won’t find a harder worker in the organization who is taking steps to discover the velocity he flashed during his first instructs. ¬†If he can fine the mid 90s with the hard breaking curve and developing change up then Adam has the body and size to carry the Royals 230+ innings in multiple seasons.
Donnie Joseph (13)¬†- The stuff to break camp in an already loaded bullpen, the control to force him into a down season in Omaha.
Christian Colon (14) -¬†A happy medium to Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella, Colon is a little better with the glove than Gio and probably a little better offensively than Getz.
Kyle Smith (15) -¬†Work ethic, intelligence and a nasty curveball Smith has shown he can miss plenty of bats at lower levels but can he continue to do that as he moves up the chain.
Cheslor Cuthbert (16) – A bounce back season is needed for Cheslor to regain his top ten status.
Elier Hernandez (17) – Plenty of tools but he needs to develop better pitch recognition to unlock them.
Cam Gallagher (18) – Size, power and hitting ability but can he stick behind the dish.
Christian Binford (19) – Very good control, extremely good work ethic, low to mid 90′s fastball wrapped up in a 6’7 athletic body. ¬†Plenty to like.
Patrick Leonard (20) – Big time power in a big frame. ¬†Can he hit well enough to use it?
Jack Lopez (21)
Andrew Triggs (22)
Justin Trapp (23)
Colin Rodgers (24)
Humberto Arteaga (25)
Robinson Yambati (26)
Justin Marks (27)
Bryan Brickhouse (28)
Brett Eibner (29)
Antonio Cruz (30)
Lane Adams (31)
Sugar Ray Marimon (32)
Brian Fletcher (33)
Chad Johnson (34)
Michael Antonio (35)
Angel Baez (36)
Mike Montgomery (37)
Fred Ford (38)
Kenny Diekroeger (39)
Alfredo Escalara-Maldonado (40)
Overall the Royals prospect group remains extremely deep and talented but as expected with the graduations of Hosmer, Moustakas, Perez and others the bulk of the talent has shifted to the lower levels. ¬†With this shift the most exciting team in the minors to watch this year will likely be in Lexington with a lineup that could feature Mondesi, Bubba, ¬†Leonard and Gallagher, all four of which break into the Top 20. ¬†While that lineup could be the most fun to watch the most valuable rotation will likely be in NW Arkansas where Jason Adam, Kyle Zimmer, Yordano Ventura and John Lamb should all earn starts at sometime this year if things are going right for the Royals pitching crop.
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