Right now, a lot of Royals fans may be looking forward to the winter meetings as well as the potential that the Royals may sign a few starting pitchers. But it’s nice to be reminded that this team still has a pretty solid farm system, despite graduating many top prospects to the majors.
That’s the point that Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus made as he released his top 20 rankings of prospects in the Royals system today, and there are some mild surprises. If you follow prospect discussion, the names themselves may not be new, but seeing some ranked so highly might be the shock. One of the big risers this year was Jorge Bonifacio. We’ll have some discussion of these rankings with Goldstein when he makes a guest appearance on the Royalman Report on Monday. The show won’t be broadcast live as is typical but it will be made available after the fact.
Speaking of the Royalman Report – and following up on Gage’s post from earlier – lefty Ryan Verdugo, acquired with Jonathan Sanchez earlier this month, was added to the Royals 40 man roster today and will also be a guest on the Royalman Report LIVE this Sunday at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in checking in, just visit RoyalmanReport.com (or click the link at the top of this page on Kings of Kauffman).
Finally, MILB.com released a listing of the Royals minor league all-stars. Among the names are some who are in line to see a lot of time in Kansas City this summer, including Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain. It’s a good mix of well-known names and some dark horse prospects who have simply put up numbers without a lot of fanfare. Check it out.