I’m starting to sound like a broken record, and I’m totally fine with that.
The Royals crop of minor league players may be the most talented in recent history. That’s according to Baseball America’s annual prospect rankings, which place nine Royals in their top 100.
Nine prospects from one organization is a record in the 22 years that BA has been doing the top 100.
Who made the cut? You probably won’t be surprised.
- Eric Hosmer
- Mike Moustakas
- Wil Myers
- John Lamb
- Mike Montgomery
- Christian Colon
- Danny Duffy
- Jake Odorizzi
- Chris Dwyer
Of those nine, Hosmer, Moustakas, Myers, Lamb and Montgomery are all in the top 20 as it is. Just for perspective’s sake, a quarter of the top 20 prospects in baseball are future Royals.
J.J. Cooper, who usually writes the organizational features in the annual Prospect Handbook for Baseball America, looked at the Royals group in comparison to past groups of prospects from one team and the Royals grade well ahead of the second highest team, the 2007 Diamondbacks, according to his crude formula.
I really see 2011 as a season where those fans who pay close attention will have a blast. The casual fans may not like the likely last place finish, but by June, they should see a few players with great promise make their way to Kauffman Stadium. It’s important to keep in mind that this list of nine players omits a lot of other great young players in the system that give the Royals extraordinary depth, a privilege enjoyed by few other teams in the last 25 years.
Most of the players on the list have already been profiled this month in our ongoing prospect rankings (only four left! You’ll never guess who they are…)
The fun part is seeing if it all comes together.