ROYALS’ TOP 30 PROSPECTS

The Star’s top 30 Royals prospects

Updated: 2013-10-13T05:38:41Z

By BOB DUTTON | THE KANSAS CITY STAR

The Kansas City Star

1. RHP Kyle ZimmerNo. 1 stuff and makeup; could be ready next year
2. RHP Yordano VenturaLate-season look showed tantalizing promise
3. SS Raul MondesiHas star potential; Alcides Escobar already on clock
4. OF Jorge BonifacioProjects a long-term fit in right field
5. 3B Hunter DozierOn fast track; when bat is ready, spot will be found
6. RHP Miguel AlmonteGreat arm with advanced feel for pitching
7. OF Bubba StarlingTools are there; if bat develops, could be special
8. LHP Sean ManaeaFront-end potential; could be the steal of ’13 draft
9. OF Elier HernandezBig jump in ’13, could be long-term fit in left field
10. RHP Jason AdamKeeps showing flashes he can be front-end starter
11. SS Orlando CalixteStill over-aggressive but has pop; plus-defender
12. 3B Cheslor CuthbertProbably a year away but has tools to challenge
13. LHP Donnie JosephWill get long spring look to be LH specialist
14. LHP Chris DwyerBack on the radar after improving command in ’13
15. LHP Sam SelmanPretty simple: If he cuts down walks, he’s a factor
16. C Zane EvansTake-charge receiver who showed solid bat in pro debut
17. OF Lane AdamsHas made himself a factor by exceeding expectations
18. RHP Michael MariotShould get chance next spring to win bullpen job
19. RHP Christian BinfordComing off breakthrough season at Low Class A
20. INF Christian ColonSolid and steady; should get long spring look
21. OF Brett EibnerBat finally showed signs of reaching potential
22. C Cameron GallagherGets high marks as receiver; bat has potential
23. OF/DH Brian FletcherHitting is his strength; could be Billy Butler’s successor
24. LHP John LambVelocity still down; must remake self into finesse guy
25. SS Humberto ArteagaOvershadowed by Mondesi but has real tools
26. LHP Cody ReedProject with potential; impressive raw tools
27. INF Jack LopezInstincts elevate tools; possible future as utilityman
28. OF Daniel RockettOne of those guys who seems to play beyond tools
29. RHP Bryan BrickhouseOn roll before midseason Tommy John surgery
30. OF Terrance GoreFaster than Jarrod Dyson, but other tools need work

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