Kansas City Royals: 3 prospects to keep tabs on in 2020
By Ryan Sikes
The Kansas City Royals 2019 season is winding down but fans should be excited for next season. Here are three prospects to keep your eyes on.
The Kansas City Royals 2019 season has not gone the way they had hoped and are just a few games from officially being eliminated depsite their dysmal record already implying so. However, the future is bright for this franchise as they have done well re-stocking prospects.
A team desperately in need of future starting pitchers did just that in the 2018 MLB Draft, taking 5 collegiate pitchers in the first two rounds. Only Danny Duffy, Jesse Hahn, and Jake Junis are under contract or team control next season. Mike Montgomery is under team control through 2021 and it remains to be seen if the Royals intend to keep him in the rotation long-term.
Hahn is still trying to make his way back from having surgery on his UCL and Duffy has recently dealt with some hamstring problems. Needless to say, having too pitchers in the farm system is never a bad thing. As for position players, Salvador Perez has missed the entire season with Tommy John Surgery in spring training but should be good to go at the start of next season.
Alex Gordon‘s $20 million mutual option is pretty steep so it will be interesting to monitor that situation. I’d like for the Royals to find a way to keep him around to help the young guys develop, but if he finds the money elsewhere, I wouldn’t be shocked if he left.
This team has a lot of holes all over the roster but, like I said, they have done well drafting prospects. Let’s take a look at the top 3 prospects that Royals fans should keep tabs on in 2020.