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Royals flush with talent, primed for run

Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 8:27 pm
HosmerBy Evan Brunell

The Kansas City Royals are flush with prospects, giving pained K.C. fans hope after the major league club flailed in recent years. While these prospects aren't quite ready for prime time, the first influx should start arriving in the summer and continue through 2012.

On's Top 100 prospects list, the Royals walked away with a staggering 10 names, far ahead of Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Toronto, which tied for second with six representatives apiece.

In order, the Royals players that are among the 100 best are 1B Eric Hosmer (No. 5), 3B Mike Moustakas (No. 10), RF Wil Myers (No. 11), SP Mike Montgomery (No. 22), SP John Lamb (No. 28), SP Jake Odorizzi (No. 76), SP Danny Duffy (No. 79), SS Christian Colon (No. 84), SP Chris Dwyer (No. 98) and RP Jeremy Jeffress (No. 99).

Sheesh, that's a lot -- and that's not all, as Baseball America ranked right-hander Aaron Crow No. 9 and outfielder Brett Eibner No. 10 on the top 10 organizational prospects list. This was prior to the trade with Milwaukee that netted Odorizzi and Jeffress, but Crow and Eibner are no slouches either.

Once all these prospects hit, the Royals will be flush in elite talent making minimal dollars, so the Royals should be a force in short order. While other AL Central foes are in no hurry to see what K.C. can do, let's take a look at what the club could look like in several years. The only players included on this list are current members of the team, those that appeared on top 10 organizational lists by varied sources or are highly regarded but are unlucky enough to play in a system so stacked they don't fall on a top 10 list although they could in other organizations.

Here's a full 25-man projection:

C Salvador Perez
1B Eric Hosmer (pictured)
2B Christian Colon
3B Mike Moustakas
SS Alcides Escobar
LF Brett Eibner
CF Lorenzo Cain
RF Wil Myers
DH Billy Butler

Bench 1B: Clint Robinson
Bench IF: Johnny Giovatella
Bench IF: Jeff Bianchi
Bench OF: Jarrod Dyson
Bench OF: David Lough

SP Mike Montgomery
SP John Lamb
SP Jake Odorizzi
SP Danny Duffy
SP Chris Dwyer

RHRP Patrick Keatging
RHRP Luis Coleman
LHRP Tim Collins
RHRP Aaron Crow
RHRP Jeremy Jeffress
RH CL Joakim Soria

This potential roster doesn't even list a backup catcher, but it's pretty obvious that K.C. is absolutely stacked with talent -- especially since pitcher Noel Arguelles and others aren't even listed! (Note that Colon is a shortstop but is slotted at second here although questions remain about his ability to play second long-term. He may yet remain at short if Escobar does not pan out.)

Despite the impressive depth, keep in mind not every prospect pans out. Still, the Royals have quite a fair amount of assets at their disposal, as each name above is expected to at the very least debut in the majors at some point.

One gaping hole that appears here, however, is at catcher. Currently, the team is getting by with Jason Kendall, Brayan Pena and Lucas May, although only May figures to still be with the Royals when the full influx of prospects arrive. Salvador Perez is listed by BA as the projected catcher for 2014, which is why he is here. He is reportedly a gifted catcher with limited offensive potential, but who needs a bat behind the dish when you have a lineup like what K.C. projects to have?

That said, the massive amounts of trade chips the Royals have plus the oodles of money that will be at its disposal should import several other impact players into the team. This is a club positioned for one heck of a run in the middle part of the decade.

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Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 7:54 pm

Royals flush with talent, primed for run

Gordon was highly touted, and maybe my memory doesn't serve me well, but I consider moustakas and hosmer as can't miss with their batting patience and natural power whereas gordon was out of college and served up to the big leagues to get squashed.  I have a hard time believing the royals will be as good as I think they can be, but its fun to wish for.  I'd like to see Kila hang around and be useful, too.  
Does anyone know if Kila is athletic enough to play RF before Myers shows up?  maybe butler?

Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2011 11:50 am

Royals flush with talent, primed for run

Long time Royals fan here. honeya, I'm replying with a collective "thank you" from all Royals fans here in K.C. After the last 17 years of neglect the farm system has been completely rebuilit by GM Dayton Moore. There is finally real hope here. I listened to Moore on the radio after he was hired and he said it would take 5 years or more to start from the bottom up. Casual fans here forget that. Although I'm extremely cautiously optimistic, it seems that his strategy is on the verge of making the Royals relevent again. I've always admired the Blue Jays franchise and would love to meet up again in the playoffs, circa 1985! Good luck on the season.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2011 5:18 am

Royals flush with talent, primed for run

Shouldnt you be riding in a car with Cabrera somewhere.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 4:39 pm

Royals flush with talent, primed for run

These prospects will add nothing to the future success of the Royals.  This is more about the  future sucess of other teams using the Royals as a Farm team.  Hence,  KC Royals = Cellar Dwellers.  The only reason they have held on to Gordon is because he sucks same with Billy Butler.  Soria is out the door soon so KC can get more "prospects" and add to their "future" err other teams future.

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2011 7:49 am

Royals flush with talent, primed for run

It's been a very long time since the Royals have had a competitive package on the field. Prospects are simply as the name suggests. There is no guarantee. I am, however, despite being a Jays fan, hoping that the Royals can become a team that begins to dominate their division. Not since the days of George Brett, Brett Saberhagen, Willie Wilson, Amos Otis, Hal Mcrae and Dan Quisenberry (can't recall the exact spelling) have the Royals been really taken seriously. I grew up idolizing players such as Brett and I'm sure that he cannot wait to have players who can emulate his game.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:56 pm

Royals flush with talent, primed for run

These guys coming up are incredible, hopefully not as "incredible" as Alex Gordon was made out to be.  As far as a run, remember the royals are simply a farm team for the big wigs.  As soon as these guys hit their peak, they will be gone. 

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 7:53 pm

Royals flush with talent, primed for run

The DH will be BILLY BUTLER, not Brett Butler. But yes, the Royals will be a force to be reckon with for years to come. These guys coming up are incredible

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