Every year, there are prospects who start the season under the radar, but manage to have a breakthrough season. Let us look at a few potential breakthrough candidates on the Kansas City Royals.
Prospects may well be the greatest currency in baseball. For struggling teams, prospects are the promise of a better future, players that one can look at and project to be a part of the solution to get back to better days. For teams that are in the midst of a run of success, prospects can either help facilitate a trade to improve the major league roster, or provide a low cost option to supplement the higher priced talent.
With the Kansas City Royals, prospects have become a true lifeblood of the franchise. Cornerstones such as Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon are all home grown talents. With the Royals, until recently, not being able to compete at the same financial level as other teams, these prospects have been vital to the team’s success.
Even with this new found financial flexibility, the Royals still need to have their prospects perform well in order to supplement the roster. Unfortunately, with their trades for Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist last season, the Royals farm system is not at the same level it had been in past years.
That is not to say that the Kansas City Royals are without talent at the minor league level. In fact, there are a few intriguing players that could take a step forward and become breakout prospects for the Royals.
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