Baseball America ranked shortstop Humberto Arteaga as the Kansas City Royals 29th best prospect heading into the 2012 season.
Arteaga signed for $1.1 million in 2010 and has been compared to fellow Latin shortstop Orlando Calixte (who signed the same year). However, Arteaga’s calling card is his defense. To advance up the organizational ladder, he will need to improve offensively. But at just 18 years old, he has time to develop.
In his second season of rookie ball (this season he was in Burlington), he hit .274 with 13 doubles and 29 RBIs in 234 at-bats. The down-side was his strikeout to walk numbers (31 Ks to just nine walks). Arteaga made just nine errors in 255 chances while turning 30 double plays.
Arteaga is participating in the Royals instructional league in Surprise, AZ. Games began on Monday and continue until October 19th.