Royals prospects will comprise a quarter of the 24 man Pan American Team USA roster beginning September 25. The six selections are the most named from one organization to a Team USA professional team.
A couple of weeks ago Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Danny Duffy were rumored/unofficially named to the roster, while the confirmed players joining them will be Tim Collins, Mike Montgomery and Everett Teaford.
The Royals front office feels the experience will help the group adapt to playing later, similar to a full 162 game major league schedule and, as J.J. Picollo said “to go from the Minor League season and the playoffs right into the tournament creates a sense of unity, and we know our guys will handle it well.” So the Royals see an opportunity to get some of the core prospects together in a winning atmosphere together as they get closer and closer to the big league club.
The Pan Am rosters aren’t selected by front office members, but rather by Team USA scouts and committees, so the selection of so many Royals confirms the high regard for the Royals system in the baseball community.
Not that that’s anything new. If the Royals are listed as #1 in Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook this winter, I’d be shocked.