Ball Star

Royals loaded with 'sleeper/breakout' prospects

Updated: 2013-02-05T05:08:45Z

Bob Dutton

Kansas City Star

   Few analysts were harsher than ESPN's Keith Law in criticizing the Royals for their decision to swap outfielder Wil Myers and three other top prospects in December's deal to acquire pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from Tampa Bay.

   But even Law acknowledges the deal didn't gut the Royals' system, which he ranked 11th among the 30 teams in his annual pre-spring assessment.

   "The Royals aren't well represented on my top 100," Law writes, "but they've got more sleeper/breakout candidates than any other organization."

   Law cites pitcher Miguel Almonte, outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and infielders Adalberto Mondesi and Kenny Diekroeger as breakout possibilities.

   The entire story is behind ESPN's paywall at


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