The year 2019 saw the KC Royals organization bring home multiple league championships and many players stepped up their game to accomplish this.
While the parent team (the KC Royals) struggled, many of the minor league affiliates flourished last year. Five teams advanced to their league championship series’ and four of them brought home the trophy.
The Burlington Royals (Rookie) fell just short in clinching their league’s top prize but the Dominican Royals1 were able to claim the first title of the year. Then, within a three-day span, the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Adv-A), Lexington Legends (Low-A) and Idaho Falls Chukars (Rookie) were able to mob the field in celebration.
Of course, the driving force behind these titles was young players hungry to climb the ladder to the majors. Many players turned in fantastic seasons as evidenced by the Royals announcements of the minor league players and pitchers of the year at each level.
Some of those players were coming off good years in 2018, some put up similar numbers as they did the year before, but others rose above the prior season and stepped up their game to another level. Keep in mind this list will not include recent draftees such as Brady Singer since 2019 was his first season, Bobby Witt, Jr. who was just drafted in 2019 and Jackson Kowar who pitched well but with only a nine-game sample the year before kept his stats relatively the same.
Other players who are not included are those who are still top prospects but 2019 did go as well as planned. Do not sleep on young studs like MJ Melendez, Nick Pratto, Yohanse Morel and Seuly Matias as they look to rebound in 2020.
There were prospects considered but just missed making the top three including P Daniel Tillo, OF Khalil Lee, and OF Brewer Hicklen. They had very good seasons but were edged out as our list is made up of players who made a large jump in output.