Changes to MLB’s top prospects: Royals edition

It has been a somewhat busy offseason for the KC Royals and those moves have brought a change to MLB.com’s top prospects for the team.

Prior to the offseason, this is what their Royals top 20 prospect list looked like:

  1. Raul Mondesi (SS)
  2. Kyle Zimmer (RHP)
  3. Sean Manaea (LHP)
  4. Hunter Dozier (3B)
  5. Miguel Almonte (RHP)
  6. Brandon Finnegan (LHP)
  7. Jorge Bonifacio (RF)
  8. Christian Binford (RHP)
  9. Foster Griffin (LHP)
  10. Chase Vallot (C)
  11. Scott Blewett (RHP)
  12. Orlando Calixte (SS)
  13. Bubba Starling (CF)
  14. Sam Selman (LHP)
  15. Cheslor Cuthbert (3B)
  16. Jason Adam (RHP)
  17. Elier Hernandez (OF)
  18. Christian Colon (INF)
  19. Marten Gasparini (SS)
  20. Ramon Torres (INF)

While the top ten has not changed, there are some changes to MLB.com’s current 11-20:

  1. Blewett
  2. Brian Flynn (LHP)
  3. Calixte
  4. Reymond Fuentes (OF)
  5. Starling
  6. Selman
  7. Cuthbert
  8. Hernandez
  9. Gasparini
  10. John Lamb (LHP)

The lefty Flynn came over from Miami in the Aaron Crow deal. MLB.com grades his repertoire as follows: fastball 50, slider 50, curveball 40, changeup 50, and control 50. He made his Major League debut in 2013 (the Marlins acquired him in a deal from Detroit in 2012) and made a brief stint in the big leagues in 2014 (he spent the bulk of the last two seasons in Triple-A). Flynn is a starting pitcher who commands his 90 mph fastball well in the bottom of the zone.

Fuentes came over in a deal with the SD Padres for minor league reliever Kyle Bartsch. He was the youngest member of the blockbuster deal between the Padres and Boston in 2009 (Adrian Gonzalez), but did not break out until 2013 (Futures Game and big league debut). However, 2014 was a subpar season for Fuentes. He has stolen at least 35 bases in a season, has good defensive skills in the outfield, and his swing is more geared towards contact.

MLB.com grades Fuentes out as follows: hit 45, power 30, run 65, arm 50, and field 60. I f he does not hit consistently, he will probably be another Jarrod Dyson or Terrance Gore for the Royals.

Royals lefty John Lamb during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals lefty John Lamb during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

The final slot in MLB.com’s Royals top 20 prospects was handed out to a lefty who has been with the Royals since being drafted in 2008. That would be the lefty Lamb, who was once on the fast track to the big leagues before Tommy John surgery took away two seasons (2011-2012). He showed glimpses of his before-surgery self in 2014, though not consistently. Also, the walks were high and he did not receive a big league callup (or pitch in the postseason for the second straight season for Triple-A champion Omaha).

MLB.com graded Lamb out as follows: fastball 50, curveball 45, changeup 45, and control 50. They expect him in the big leagues sometime this season.

 

With all of those offseason moves the Royals have made, it will be tough for any of the above to reach the big leagues in more than a September callup capacity in 2015. Unless there are injuries or a major bust of a season for the Royals.

Or maybe one of the above has a great spring and beats out an incumbent?

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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