Hope 3: The young core continues to develop
Whether you want to believe it or not, the Kansas City Royals have actually developed a nice farm system the last few years. After striking out on many first-round draft picks since Eric Hosmer was drafted in 2008, the Royals seem to be back on track.
(18th), Jackson Kowar (33rd), and Daniel Lynch (34th). Other standouts in the last three drafts are outfielder Khalil Lee, shortstop Nicky Lopez, pitcher Richard Lovelady, catch MJ Melendez, outfielder Michael Gigliotti, and outfielder Kyle Isbel.
These are a lot of the guys who are projected to be the next wave. And while watching them they are developing at a rate that will allow for the Royals to be competitive again around 2020-2021. Both Pratto and Melendez have broken into the rankings of Top-10 prospects in their positions, Pratto being the No. 6 first baseman and Melendez being the No. 9 catcher.
Lopez is considered close to being MLB ready and Lovelady is wildly considered to be ready now by many MLB GMs. All the Royals need is for Singer, Kowar, Lynch, and Lee to continue developing the way the organization believes they can, and for Isbel and Gigliotti to show that they can build on previous success.
The 2019 MLB Draft is a critical one for the Royals. If they can have similar success like they have had the last couple years then the new wave of Royals prospects is going to help the team compete sooner, rather than later.