3B Mauricio Ramos (age 24)
The Kansas City Royals signed Mauricio Ramos as an international prospected from Colombia in 2011 at age 19. Ramos has steady advanced through the system, hitting full season ball at Class A Lexington in 2014.
This season, Ramos slashed a solid .281/.322/.398 at NW Arkansas with 25 doubles, 1 triples, and 9 home runs.
He’s not a particularly exciting prospect, but could have a future as a utility infielder in the major leagues. He’s played 1B, 2B, and 3B in his career, appearing only at the corners for NW Arkansas in 2016.
0F Alfredo Escalera (age 21)
Alfredo Escalera was born in Puerto Rico, but was drafted in the 8th round in 2012 by the Royals. He played high school ball in the United States.
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He’s an athletic prospect that has played all three outfield positions at both High A and AA this season. He’s steadily advanced through the KC system playing at High A Wilmington (.269/.334/.343) and AA NW Arkansas (.286/.302/.396) this season.
He doesn’t possess blazing speed, but he’s quick enough to post 10 steals against 4 caught stealing this season in 118 games. He’s another guy that strikes out more than you’d like (119 Ks in 506 PA) but doesn’t take walks (25 BB).
RP Evan Beal (age 23)
The 6′ 5″, 195 lb. righty was an 21st round draft pick by the KC Royals in the 2014 draft from the University of South Carolina. Oddly enough, the Royals had drafted him once before, picking him in the 8th round in 2011 out of high school.
Evan Beal has enjoyed a nice season (3.56 ERA, 68.1 IP, with a 7.6 K/9) while moving from High A, AA, and AAA in 2016. He earned a quick promotion from Wilmington with a 1.84 ERA in 14.1 IP. Pitched well at NW Arkansas (3.99 ERA in 49.2 IP) before getting a cup of coffee at AAA Omaha (4.50 ERA in 4.0 IP).
RP Jake Newberry (age 21)
The 6’2″ 195 lb. right-handed Newberry is the classic underdog. The Kansas City Royals didn’t draft him until the 37th round in 2012. But, the low round lottery ticket has advanced through the system until he reached High A Wilmington in 2016.
Jake Newberry started the year repeating Class A Lexington, but earned a promotion for 9.2 scoreless innings to open the season. He also pitched well at High A Wilmington with a 2.96 ERA with a 8.1 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9.
RP Eric Stout (age 23)
The Kansas City Royals drafted the 6’3″ 185 lb. Stout in the 13th round in 2014. KC drafted the lefty Stout as a junior at Butler University in Indiana.
Eric Stout pitched at four levels in 2015 after starting at the Pioneer League (rookie) in 2014. He repeated AA NW Arkansas in 2016, compiling a 4.04 ERA in 69.0 IP with an 8.7 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9.
As a group, the only really exciting prospect is Josh Staumont. If he can learn to repeat his mechanics and find even average command, he can become a top-shelf MLB pitcher.
Ryan O’Hearn might become a league average starter at first base, but he needs to improve his contact rate. He strikes out way too much to succeed in Kansas City. Corey Toups looks like a utility player to me, but if he continues to hit he could become something more.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Ramos and Alfredo Escalera look like fringe bench players, at best, to me. Evan Beal, Jake Newberry, and Eric Stout profile as middle-relievers at the major-league level.