It’s been mentioned time and again, and while there hasn’t been a lot of suspense, the verdict is in.
Kansas City has the top farm system in baseball. That’s according to Baseball America.
“Okay, fine,” you say. “But we had a hunch about that in June, hoped it was true in July and knew it would be that way by August.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s all true, but the fun part is a little bit of bonus prospect love.
Baseball America puts out bonus rankings as well – profiles for players that were just outside of their organization’s top 30 players. On top of the regular top 30, the Royals also landed two players on this “32nd team” by having left-handed pitcher Buddy Baumann and catcher Luke May mentioned.
Also Tuesday night, the Royals landed six players in MLB.com’s top 50 prospect countdown.
Those six are (listed by MLB.com ranking):
The six prospects ties Arizona and the Dodgers for the most in a preseason list, going back to 2006. As Dick Kaegel points out, all but Odorizzi were drafted by the Royals. That’s a pretty solid testament to the work done by Dayton Moore, J.J. Picollo and the rest of the Royals scouting and development department to rebuild the franchise the only way that works for a cash-strapped small market team – through the minor leagues.
Now, the Royals have talent and depth that’s developing with solid results.