Amalani Fukofuka fell just outside of our Top Fifteen Prospects list for the Kansas City Royals, but he is still an intriguing talent at just 19 years old. In fact, he may have already begun his breakout last season.
After struggling with the Burlington Royals in 2014, Fukofuka excelled in Idaho Falls, posting a .339/.401/.500 batting line while showing potential power and speed. Although he hit only three home runs, Fukofuka hit 18 doubles and nine triples while stealing ten bases. One has to imagine that as his 6’1″, 180 pound frame fills out, he will be able to add more power to his offensive profile.
Perhaps the biggest concern with Fukofuka at this stage is his propensity to strike out, as he struck out in exactly one quarter of his at bats. While he was almost two years younger than the average for the Pioneer League last season, one has to wonder if his aggressive tendencies will be a detriment as Fukofuka rises up the organizational ladder.
It is difficult to project minor league players, particularly those who are still in the Rookie Leagues. Yet, if Fukofuka can make more consistent contact while retaining his potential power/speed capabilities, he could find himself as one of the Royals top prospects next season.
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