SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Royals are well represented in the Baseball America’s 2014 edition of the top 100 prospects in the game. Four Royals made the cut:
By ANDY McCULLOUGH
The Kansas City Star
• No. 23: RHP Kyle Zimmer.
• No. 26: RHP Yordano Ventura.
• No. 47: SS Raul Mondesi
• No. 90: OF Jorge Bonifacio.
You are likely familiar with all four. Zimmer was the No. 5 pick in the 2012 draft, and showed signs of dominance during his full-season debut in 2013. He’s expected to reach the majors by midseason this year.
Ventura is competing for the fifth spot in the big-league rotation. His undersized frame is still a cause for concern, but the team retains high hopes.
Mondesi doesn’t turn 19 until July. He survived a season at Class A Lexington at an exceedingly young age, batting .261/.311/.361. He still has plenty of time to grow.
Bonifacio, the younger brother of former Royal Emilio, is the youngest player at big-league camp this spring. He jumped all the way to Class A in 2013. He’s had trouble staying on the field, but his potential as a power hitter is still sizable.
Other prospect rankings
Keith Law of ESPN has his top 10 for the Royals as Zimmer, Mondesi, Ventura, RHP Miguel Almonte, OF Bubba Starling, 3B Hunter Dozier, LHP Sean Manaea, Bonifacio, SS Orlando Calixte and RHP Jason Adam.
In the top 100 prospects by MLB.com, the Royals had four players: Zimmer (25), Ventura (35), Mondesi (38) and Bonifacio (91). Its top 10 for the Royals will come next month.
In Baseball Prospectus’ list of 101 prospects, Ventura is 12th, followed by Mondesi (29), Zimmer (34), Almonte (46), Manaea (78), Dozier (96) and Bonifacio (99).
Rany Jazayerli on his Rany on the Royals blog is unveiling his top 10 in waves. The countdown includes (starting at No. 10): RHP Christian Binford, Adam, Starling, Dozier, Almonte and Bonifacio. The top four will come later.
From minorleaguebaseball.com: Zimmer, Ventura, Mondesi, Almonte, Dozier, Bonifacio, Manaea, Starling, Hernandez, LHP Sam Selman.
The Star’s Pete Grathoff contributed to this post.