A Look Back at the Royals Top 31 Prospects: #30 David Lough


Outfielder David Lough was ranked by Baseball America as the Kansas City Royals 30th prospect heading into the 2012 season.

Sep 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder David Lough (7) makes a diving catch in the third inning against Chicago White Sox center fielder Dewayne Wise (28) at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

All the lefty has done since signing with the Royals is hit and 2012 was no different in his third season with Triple-A Omaha. His numbers weren’t as good as his last two seasons (.275 with ten homeruns, 11 triples, 69 runs scored, and 69 RBIs), but he did steal more bases (26).

That performance FINALLY earned him his first big league callup in September. He made his debut on September 1st. He started three straight games and went 5-for-14 with four runs scored in those games. His first triple came against Minnesota on September 13th.

The guys at BA ranked him with a low-risk factor, meaning he has a certain big league future barring injury. An injury has limited him during his debut so far, but hopefully he’ll be healthy heading into spring training.

Centerfield is his for the taking with Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain being injury-prone and Jason Bourgeois having his defensive struggles. Lough can play all three outfield positions and could be a Mitch Maier-type candidate for the Royals in 2013.