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With fourteen players that did not make the cut, there are far too many to mention here. So, instead, let us take a look at a few players whose seasons were certainly notable, but they were not quite able to make the list.
Jose Martinez: It is hard to ignore his production after being plucked off the scrap heap as a minor league free agent by the Kansas City Royals. He set a modern day Pacific Coast League record with a .384 batting average, and displayed decent power with ten home runs and 25 doubles. However, Martinez is 27 years old, and this was his first season at the AAA level. It was a great season, but he really is not a prospect.
Alec Mills: After two seasons of bouncing between Idaho Falls and Lexington, Mills got his first chance at the High-A level, pitching for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. He was certainly impressive during his time there, posting a 3.02 ERA and a 1.200 WHiP. In his 113.1 innings, Mills displayed excellent control, walking only 14 batters against 111 strikeouts. At age 23, if he continues to progress in this manner, Mills could be quite an asset in another couple of years.
Reymond Fuentes: Despite receiving 36 plate appearances for the Padres in 2013, Fuentes is still very much a borderline prospect for the Kansas City Royals. He continued to show a solid all around game for Omaha this year, producing a .308/.360/.422 batting line with nine home runs and 29 stolen bases. While he may not be an every day player at the major league level, Fuentes could be an excellent fourth outfielder for the Royals in the near future.
Joshua Banuelos: He may have been a bit older for the Pioneer League, but there is no denying the production that Banuelos had this season. He produced an excellent .357/.420/.489 batting line, and while his four home runs were a bit disappointing, Banuelos slugged 21 doubles. Even though he is 24 years old, Banuelos has yet to play above the rookie leagues, so he still has quite a way to go.
Amalani Fukofuka: A teammate of Banuelos, Fukofuka is an interesting talent. After struggling last season with the Burlington Royals, Fukofuka began to put everything together in Idaho Falls. For the 2015 season, he posted a solid .339/.401/.500 batting line, with 18 doubles, nine triples and ten stolen bases. While Fukofuka may strike out more than one would like, with 70 strikeouts in 280 at bats, he is just 19 years old. With another strong season next year, he could be higher on the list.
Now, let us get into the top fifteen prospects for the Kansas City Royals.
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