October 12, 2013

The Star’s top 30 Royals prospects

Our annual ranking of the Royals’ top prospects covers players who would qualify as rookies in 2014. It also seeks to be a mix of high-end potential and how close a player is to reaching the big leagues.
1. RHP Kyle Zimmer No. 1 stuff and makeup; could be ready next year
2. RHP Yordano Ventura Late-season look showed tantalizing promise
3. SS Raul Mondesi Has star potential; Alcides Escobar already on clock
4. OF Jorge Bonifacio Projects a long-term fit in right field
5. 3B Hunter Dozier On fast track; when bat is ready, spot will be found
6. RHP Miguel Almonte Great arm with advanced feel for pitching
7. OF Bubba Starling Tools are there; if bat develops, could be special
8. LHP Sean Manaea Front-end potential; could be the steal of ’13 draft
9. OF Elier Hernandez Big jump in ’13, could be long-term fit in left field
10. RHP Jason Adam Keeps showing flashes he can be front-end starter
11. SS Orlando Calixte Still over-aggressive but has pop; plus-defender
12. 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Probably a year away but has tools to challenge
13. LHP Donnie Joseph Will get long spring look to be LH specialist
14. LHP Chris Dwyer Back on the radar after improving command in ’13
15. LHP Sam Selman Pretty simple: If he cuts down walks, he’s a factor
16. C Zane Evans Take-charge receiver who showed solid bat in pro debut
17. OF Lane Adams Has made himself a factor by exceeding expectations
18. RHP Michael Mariot Should get chance next spring to win bullpen job
19. RHP Christian Binford Coming off breakthrough season at Low Class A
20. INF Christian Colon Solid and steady; should get long spring look
21. OF Brett Eibner Bat finally showed signs of reaching potential
22. C Cameron Gallagher Gets high marks as receiver; bat has potential
23. OF/DH Brian Fletcher Hitting is his strength; could be Billy Butler’s successor
24. LHP John Lamb Velocity still down; must remake self into finesse guy
25. SS Humberto Arteaga Overshadowed by Mondesi but has real tools
26. LHP Cody Reed Project with potential; impressive raw tools
27. INF Jack Lopez Instincts elevate tools; possible future as utilityman
28. OF Daniel Rockett One of those guys who seems to play beyond tools
29. RHP Bryan Brickhouse On roll before midseason Tommy John surgery
30. OF Terrance Gore Faster than Jarrod Dyson, but other tools need work

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