‘Cause I’m sure not. As the MLB season winds down, I start to look towards next year already, and it’s just one more step the strong crew of minor leaguers get to take towards reaching the major leagues.
Baseball America is running down their lists of top 20 prospects within individual MiLB leagues. Not surprisingly, the Royals are being well represented.
In the Arizona Rookie League, the Royals placed not just three in the top 20, but three in the top 7: RHP Yordano Ventura, RHP Robinson Yambati (who was the Royals AZL pitcher of the year), and 3B Cheslor Cuthbert.
The latest Royals to earn a spot in a top 20 is Wil Myers, who was named the #3 prospect in the Midwest League for 2010, after dominating most of the year for the Burlington Bees before being promoted to Wilmington in July.
I would suspect that those four won’t be the only Royals minor leaguers listed in these countdowns. It’s the easiest prediction I’ve made all year.
Additionally, Project Prospect is ranking prospects by position, and Mike Moustakas earned their top third baseman prospect honor. His Team USA, All-Star Futures Game and fellow corner infield prospect Eric Hosmer ranked #3 among first baseman prospects behind only Florida’s Logan Morrison and Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman. Both Freeman and Morrison made major league debuts in 2010. Hosmer might be waiting until 2012 for his, but he did have a pretty awful 2009 plagued by vision problems and injuries.
I think we’ll cut him some slack for not debuting before he could legally purchase alcohol.