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« on: 5 Jan 2012 11:40:31 AM »
Royals Minor League Top 10

1. Madison Bumgarner (SP) - He'll be with the big club this year, probably as the number 2 starter.
2. Mike Minor (SP) - He'll be with the big club this year, slotting in at the number 3 or 4 starter spot.
3. Blake Swihart (C) - Very young, switch hitting Catcher.  If he sticks defensively, he has tremendous upside.  Sickels gives him a B- rating going forward.
4. Chris Dwyer (SP) - Had a bit of a rough first go around in AA last year, but was a very high riser prior to that.  He needs to harness his command to reach his ceiling.  Sickels gives him a B- going forward as well.
5. Tony Sanchez (C) - Star has dimmed a little after a down year last year.  Still hasn't shown the power that scouts thought he would develop as he matured.  He did start calling his own games last year, which is a positive.  Sickels gives him a C+ going forward and he's ranked the #7 prospect in the Pirate system by BA.
6. Brandon Guyer (OF) - Solid all around player who doesn't have any really spectacular tool.  There's a chance he'll be with the big club this year, but we may give him one more year in the minors.  Got a cup of coffee in 2011 with Tampa in RL.  Probably needs to have his minor league power translate in order to have a shot to play every day, as he's been a little old for his league each of the last couple years.  Sickels likes the potential and gives him a B-.
7. Delino DeShields, Jr. (2B) - Very high ceiling, low floor player.  Good defense and a ton of speed, and his potential is what pushes him up my list.  Sickels gives him a C+ going forward and he's ranked the number 8 prospect in a thin Astros system according to BA.
8. Felix Doubront (SP) - A player who will make the big leagues and be an average pitcher.  Projects as a 92 ERA+ in 2011, and has had a couple relief stints with the Red Sox in RL.  Could be a good 4 or 5 in the future.  Sickels has him at a C+ going forward.
9. Bobby Borchering (DH) - All bat, no defense guy.  Has a chance to have an impact bat, but won't see the playing field on defense for the Royals.  Sickels has him at a C+ and loves his power potential.
10. Drew Cumberland (SS) - Could be higher - a lot higher - but needs to show he's healthy.  Biggest possibility to shoot up the prospect list next year, and may also be the biggest possibility to be out of baseball.

Others to watch:
Barret Loux (SP), Robert Stephenson (SP), Karsten Whitson (SP) - High profile pitchers with minimal (or zero) professional experience.  Long term projects that should make the prospect list after their first year in the minors.

Analysis

The Royals system looks alright at first glance...until you realize that after Bumgarner and Minor there are no elite prospects right now.  Swihart has the possibility to turn into one, and Dwyer has the stuff to be an above average pitcher, but the top shelf of the cabinet is going to be pretty bare very soon.  In addition, there are three guys in the Top 10 who may never reach the big leagues.  It's a scary thought to think that if things don't work out for the best, the Royals could possibly only have four legitimate prospects going into 2012 - and all of them grading out in the B-/C+ range on Sickels scale.  The Royals need to have a great summer draft in 2012 if they hope to be competitive in the AL Central by 2014.
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« Reply #1 on: 16 Feb 2012 10:06:27 AM »
Royals 2012 Spring Training Top 10

1. Madison Bumgarner SP (inherited) - Young, promising, high ceiling player.  Pretty much all you can ask for in a prospect.  He'll be the number 2 starter going into 2012.

2. Aroldis Chapman SP (acquired in trade, 2012) - Young, promising, high ceiling player.  Pretty much all you can ask for in a prospect.  That sounds familiar!  Injury concerns are real, but hopefully he can maximize his ceiling.  He'll be the number 3 starter going into 2012.

3. Mike Minor SP (inherited) - Young pitcher who should provide better than league average production for many years.  He doesn't have the star power of the two pitchers ahead of him, but he is very young.  He'll be the number 4 starter going into 2012.

4. Blake Swihart C (inherited) - Very young, very raw, switch hitting Catcher.  If he sticks defensively, he has tremendous upside.  Some may see him lower on the list, but he's ahead of Jackson for me based on his tremendous upside.

5. Brett Jackson OF (acquired in trade, 2012) - The top offensive prospect for the Royals, he doesn't have any one tool that stands out from the others, but will hopefully be a strong all around player.  He'll be the starting CF for the Royals going into 2012.

6. Matt Harrison SP (acquired in trade, 2012) - Strong pitcher who only ranks this low because of his age.  He will be the number 1 starter for the Royals going into 2012.

7. Chris Dwyer SP (inherited) - Young pitcher who struggled in his first go at AA.  Needs to show much better command to move up the line.  Has good stuff if he can find a way to harness it.

8. Tony Sanchez C (inherited) - His star dimmed a little in 2011, but a good showing in 2012 will put him right back on the map.  He's still young and has the tools to succeed as a C, but needs to improve his game calling and become more consistent at the plate.

9. Brandon Guyer OF (acquired in trade, 2012) - Another OF with solid across the board skills, but no one tool that pops out at you.  He'll be in the minors this year, but hopefully cracks the big league roster in 2013.

10. Tim Wheeler OF (acquired in trade, 2012) - Power hitting corner OF who launched over 30 in RL minors last year.  Time will tell if he's an everyday player or a platoon guy, but he's shown the ability to be competent in the corner OF spots and if the power is real, his bat will absolutely play.

Others to watch:

Barret Loux (SP), Robert Stephenson (SP), Karsten Whitson (SP), Jed Bradley (SP), Drew Cumberland (SS)

Loux, Stephenson, Whitson, and Bradley are all strong SP who have minimal or zero pro experience.  Looking at the top 10 and seeing 4 starters graduate in 2012, how these pitchers fare will go a long way in rebuilding the minor league system.

Cumberland is a promising SS who retired from baseball until a treatment for his illness was found.  He'll be back to playing full time this year, and if the treatment works, he'll be a player to look for in the future.  Hopefully the treatment works - not only for his baseball future - but for his RL future as well.

Analysis:

The system has seen some real growth this off season.  Not only does the system have more prospects, it has depth in some positions.  The real question mark is whether or not it serves the big league team right now.  The Royals amassed 77 wins in 2011.  If we can meet - or hopefully surpass - that win total in 2012, then the Royals are well on our way in terms of rebuilding.  The Royals also have two first round picks in 2012 to go along with their second, third, and fourth round picks, so while the system is graduating a lot of talented players, there are real opportunities to restock quickly.

Projected 2014 Lineup

C: Tony Sanchez
1B: Jesus Guzman
2B: Delino Deshields, Jr.
3B: Mat Gamel
SS: Drew Cumberland
LF: Melky Cabrera
CF: Brett Jackson
RF: Brandon Guyer
DH: Bobby Borchering

SP: Madison Bumgarner
SP: Aroldis Chapman
SP: Matt Harrison
SP: Mike Minor
SP: Rick Porcello

CP: Rafael Soriano

*Projected lineup takes only into account players still under contract in projected year and players currently on the team Reserve Roster*
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Re: Royals Minor League Information and Rankings
« Reply #2 on: 2 May 2012 1:14:24 PM »
Through the month of April, here are some of the team leaders in the Royals minor league system:

Batting:
Brandon Guyer (AAA) - .293/.376/.467 3 HR, 12 RBI, 2 SB (currently on the 7 Day DL)
Delino DeShields, Jr. (A+) - .253/.363/.337 1 HR, 16 BB, 16 SB, 0 CS
Tony Sanchez (AA) - .258/.343/.387 6 2B, 1 3B

Pitching:
Barret Loux (AA) - 5 Wins, 0 Losses, 1.63 ERA, 28 K/8 BB
Jed Bradley (A+) - 2 Wins, 2 Losses, 2.79 ERA, 28 K/6 BB

Minor League Player of the Month
Barret Loux
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Re: Royals Minor League Information and Rankings
« Reply #3 on: 1 Jun 2012 9:15:35 AM »
Here are some of the Royals minor league leaders for the month of May:


Batting:
Tony Sanchez (AA) - .289/.400/.395 in May, 8 2B, 11 RBI, 12 BB
Blake Swihart (A) - .289/.329/.408 in May, 6 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI
Bobby Borchering (A+) - .278/.322/.500 in May, 9 2B, 5 HR, 25 RBI

On DL for significant time in May - Tim Wheeler, Brandon Guyer, Trevor Crowe


Pitching:
Felix Doubront (MLB) - 4 Wins, 2 Losses, 3.71 ERA in May, 9.79 K/9, 2.64 K/BB
Barret Loux (AA) - 5 Wins, 0 Losses, 4.71 ERA in May (1 Bad Start), 9.0 K/9, 3.0 K/BB


Minor League Player of the Month
Felix Doubront
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« Reply #4 on: 1 Jun 2012 10:08:05 AM »
Now that we have seen players graduate to the big leagues and had two months to see how some of our prospects are faring, I felt it was appropriate to update some standings.


Royals 2012 Pre-Draft Minor League Top 10

1. Barret Loux, 23 years old (SP - Inherited): Loux is absolutely shredding AA hitters right now.  He's had one start in two months where he's given up more than 3 ER, and has gone at least 5 innings in every start.  His K/9 is right around 9 and his K/BB is better than 3.  On the down side, after not giving up a HR in April, he became a little HR prone (6 against) in May.  While the injury concerns are still there for Loux, there really is a whole lot to like about what he's doing so far in 2012.

2. Felix Doubront, 24 years old (SP - Inherited): Doubront put together a very nice month of May at the MLB level, but that's not the only reason he's at number two on this list.  His peripherals have really held up at the MLB level, more so than I'd really hoped even.  He maintains a K/9 of right around 9, which is in line with his minor league numbers.  He also carries a K/BB of nearly 2.5, also in line with his minor league numbers.  His BAA is likely to normalize, as it sits at .242 right now; and his 1.36 WHIP is a little concerning, but Doubront looks like he could turn into a league average pitcher.

3. Blake Swihart, 20 years old (C - Inherited): Swihart had a terrible month of April, but seemed to start putting things together in May at the Class A level.  I'd still like to see him taking more walks, but for now I do like seeing a larger number of 2B for May.  There is a ton of talent here, obviously, and this ranking is based more on potential than results to this point.

4. Robert Stephenson, 19 years old (SP - Inherited): Stephenson has yet to throw a pitch in full season ball, but the ceiling is there for him to be a #2 starter.  Sickels mentions a strong fastball and a promising curve for the young man.  I can't wait to see his progression.

5. Tony Sanchez, 24 years old (C - Inherited): Sanchez, like Swihart, may have started turning the corner in May.  His walk rate spiked (12 BB vs. 15 K in May), which led to a very nice .400 OBP in the month of May.  While picking up his walk rate, Sanchez continued to rack up 2B as well, not sacrificing the extra base swing.  I'd like to see Sanchez put another month together like this before I get too excited, but it's good to see none-the-less.

6. Jed Bradley, 21 years old (SP - Acquired in 2012 Trade): Bradley has taken the opposite approach from the two hitters above him.  His April was outstanding at the Class A+ level.  His May, on the other hand, hasn't been so great.  Bradley's K rate bottomed out in May to nearly 4.5 K/9, and his K/BB fell to a paltry 1.0 for the month.  Perhaps he's attempting to pitch more to contact, and perhaps it was just a rough month control wise for the young man.  Either way, the potential is still there moving forward, I just hope he can turn it around sooner rather than later.

7. Brandon Guyer, 26 years old (OF - Acquired in 2012 Trade): Guyer put together some great numbers at the AAA level to begin the year, going .294/.365/.459 before getting the call to the big leagues.  He went 1 for 7 with a HR at the big league level before landing on the DL.  Guyer doesn't have any tools that will jump out at you, but he does have the ability to be a solid contributor if he can stay healthy.  I'm hoping he can bounce back in June.

8. Tim Wheeler, 24 years old (OF - Acquired in 2012 Trade): This ranking has real opportunity to change a lot over the course of the rest of this season.  Wheeler had a HUGE 2011, and was put on the fast track for success because of it.  He got hurt in early April at AAA this year, and hasn't had a chance to prove himself as of yet.  If Wheeler can replicate his 2011 successes, he will fly up these rankings.  If not, he has the ability to at least be a 4th OF, and this ranking is probably pretty appropriate.

9. Delino DeShields, Jr., 19 years old (2B - Inherited): DeShields could probably be higher on this list, as he's very young and has plenty of time to put things together, but some position questions as well as questions about his bat linger for me.  He's not had a great year defensively at 2B with 11 errors already, and this after seeing 23 errors at 2B for him last year.  When DeShields gets on base, he can fly.  Hitting is going to be the question, given his .252 average in his second run of Class A this year.  Regardless, he has some time to have things click, so this ranking is obviously very fluid.

10. Chris Dwyer, 24 years old (SP - Inherited): Dwyer is an enigma.  He's had 6 solid starts in AA this year, 1 okay start, and 3 absolutely horrific starts.  Just when you think he's starting to get his command together, he'll have an awful start.  Like some of the other prospects here, the potential is obviously still there, but in his second go around of AA, it's time for Dwyer to start getting some consistent results.

Graduated: Madison Bumgarner (SP - Inherited), Matt Harrison (SP - Acquired in 2012 Trade), Aroldis Chapman (SP - Acquired in 2012 Trade), Mike Minor (SP - Inherited), Jesus Guzman (1B/3B/OF - Drafted), Brett Jackson (OF - Acquired in 2012 Trade)

Analysis:
Graduating six players to the big league roster will obviously hurt the Royals stature in the DMBO Minor League Rankings.  What's nice to see, though, is that all six of those players are contributing on the big league team and some prospects have really stepped in to help fill the void left by their graduation.  The upcoming draft, while not nearly as deep as last year's, does offer plenty of opportunity for improvement to the current minor league system.  We have two first round picks and a second round pick in the upcoming draft, and the top ten could potentially look very different after we are finished!  Look for another update shortly after the completion of the Amateur Draft!
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Re: Royals Minor League Information and Rankings
« Reply #5 on: 5 Jun 2012 3:33:10 PM »
2012 Summer Draft:

Pick 1.12: Rymer Liriano (DOB: 6/20/91)
Liriano is regarded across the scouting spectrum as a Top 100 Prospect, and in some cases as a Top 50 Prospect.  The Right-Handed OF is a five-tool prospect who has adapted to Advanced A ball and needs to show continued improvement when promoted to AA.  Baseball Prospect Nation grades him out as follows: Hit - 30/50, Power - 40/60, Arm - 50/60, Fielding - 50/50, Speed - 60/50

Quote from: Baseball Prospect Nation
Summation:  Chance to have five tools that play average or better at the big league level with the biggest question being the ultimate translation of the hit tool. Improved approach and contact rates in 2011 are a good sign but gains must be maintained at higher levels. Has instincts and baseball savvy to allow his speed and defense to play up even if the raw tools diminish some. Could be a potential 25 home run, 25 steal player with good defense from right field, making him an easy first division regular.

Relative Risk: High. Liriano breaks the top of this scale. Enormous bust potential with big tools and extremely raw disposition of those tools. Broad range of skills mitigates some risk but not all.

Pick 1.24: Rougned Odor (DOB: 2/3/94)
Odor is another Texas Rangers international signing who plays middle infield.  Signed as a SS, he's played 2B exclusively since coming to the states...presumably because of some Profar guy who they say is okay at baseball...but I digress.  The move to the keystone corner make his defense and arm play even better, and he's shown that he can hit against older players, putting up a .293/.357/.482 line at Class A as an 18 year old.

Quote from: Fangraphs
The rich continues to get richer as the organization signed yet another top middle infield prospect out of the international market. Odor had a modest offensive debut but he was playing at the age of 17 in a league dominated by recently drafted college prospects. He needs to get stronger, having faded late in ’11, and should eventually display solid line-drive strength but power will never be a big part of his game. Odor flashes signals that he could develop into an above-average hitter in terms of batting average and should take a decent number of walks as he matures. He’s not as strong defensively as Jurickson Profar and Odor spent his debut playing the keystone where his arm strength and actions play up.

Pick 3.17: Eugenio Suarez (DOB: 7/18/91)
Suarez is a guy I like because his glove is very likely to stick at SS.  His bat has really started to come around in the last year and a half as well.  He leads the Midwest league in doubles thus far in 2012, meaning there is at least SOME pop in his bat.  I'm excited his walk rate has jumped up this year and hope it's not a blip on the radar.

Quote from: Fangraphs
Suarez, soon-to-be-21, is a good fielding shortstop who is beginning to show some aptitude with the bat. He doesn’t run much or hit for home run power so hit ability to hit for a decent average is important if he hopes to play everyday at the big league level. Suarez is currently hitting .286 but his bat has cooled significantly in May after a hot start to the year. He has shown good gap power this month, though, with 10 doubles in 28 games. The Venezuela native strikes out far too much (21.6 K%) for a player with modest power but he is showing a nice on-base rate thanks to a walk rate of 11.6%. Currently playing in low-A, Suarez has a long road ahead to realize his full potential but Detroit’s lack of middle infield depth means he could get thrown on the fast track; the organization has been known to rush players.

Pick 4.17: Carson Kelly (DOB: 7/14/94)
Carson Kelly is a young HS graduate. He won't turn 18 until the day after signing day. The thing I like most about him is that he's a two way player who some think could still play two ways in college. I like his bat better than his arm, but I'm a fan of prospects with upside and backups. I'm very excited to round out this year's Summer Draft with him.

Quote from: Baseball America
Kelly, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound third baseman and pitcher, is one of the draft’s top two-way talents and Northwest scouts are divided on where he fits best. As a hitter, Kelly shows a nice line-drive swing with good loft and power potential. He’s a below-average runner, but has good mobility at third base with quick actions and a strong arm. On the mound, he sits in the 89-91 mph range with a heavy fastball. His secondary stuff needs to be tightened up, including a 78-82 mph changeup and a 73-76 curveball. Kelly has excellent maturity and will be a leader on and off the field. He is young for the class and won’t turn 18 until the day after the signing deadline.
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Re: Royals Minor League Information and Rankings
« Reply #6 on: 13 Jun 2012 5:28:05 PM »
Royals 2012 Post-Draft Minor League Top 15

1. Rymer Liriano, 21 years old (OF - 2012 Summer Draft): Despite Loux's success against AA hitters, I feel Liriano jumps right to the top of the Royals' Farm System.  He's a Top 100 preseason prospect who's backed up that ranking this year.  He's definitely the closest thing to an "A" prospect that the Royals have right now.  He's still a year or two away from really being ready, but the excitement is there.

2. Barret Loux, 23 years old (SP - Inherited): Loux is absolutely shredding AA hitters right now.  He's had one start in two months where he's given up more than 3 ER, and has gone at least 5 innings in every start.  His K/9 is right around 9 and his K/BB is better than 3.  On the down side, after not giving up a HR in April, he became a little HR prone (6 against) in May.  While the injury concerns are still there for Loux, there really is a whole lot to like about what he's doing so far in 2012.

3. Felix Doubront, 24 years old (SP - Inherited): Doubront put together a very nice month of May at the MLB level, but that's not the only reason he's at number two on this list.  His peripherals have really held up at the MLB level, more so than I'd really hoped even.  He maintains a K/9 of right around 9, which is in line with his minor league numbers.  He also carries a K/BB of nearly 2.5, also in line with his minor league numbers.  His BAA is likely to normalize, as it sits at .242 right now; and his 1.36 WHIP is a little concerning, but Doubront looks like he could turn into a league average pitcher.

4. Rougned Odor, 18 years old (2B/SS - 2012 Summer Draft): Odor is making great strides in A ball this year, and could continue to slide up this list after the season ends.  Middle infielders who hit and play above average defense are not common.  All Odor has to do is continue to prove he's one of those as he moves up the minor league ranks.  The two most daunting jumps are still ahead of him though, and for now, that holds expectations down a little.

5. Blake Swihart, 20 years old (C - Inherited): Swihart had a terrible month of April, but seemed to start putting things together in May at the Class A level.  I'd still like to see him taking more walks, but for now I do like seeing a larger number of 2B for May.  There is a ton of talent here, obviously, and this ranking is based more on potential than results to this point.

6. Robert Stephenson, 19 years old (SP - Inherited): Stephenson has yet to throw a pitch in full season ball, but the ceiling is there for him to be a #2 starter.  Sickels mentions a strong fastball and a promising curve for the young man.  I can't wait to see his progression.

7. Karsten Whitson, 20 years old (SP - Inherited): One of the most polished high school pitchers in the 2010 draft, Whitson elected to attend Florida rather than sign out of High School.  He was hampered by a nagging groin injury in the fall and then shelved for awhile due to a strained muscle in the arm upon his return.  He's very hard to place in these rankings outside of projection, which many feel is still a top of the rotation guy.  He's a long way away, though.

8. Tony Sanchez, 24 years old (C - Inherited): Sanchez, like Swihart, may have started turning the corner in May.  His walk rate spiked (12 BB vs. 15 K in May), which led to a very nice .400 OBP in the month of May.  While picking up his walk rate, Sanchez continued to rack up 2B as well, not sacrificing the extra base swing.  I'd like to see Sanchez put another month together like this before I get too excited, but it's good to see none-the-less.

9. Jed Bradley, 21 years old (SP - Acquired in 2012 Trade): Bradley has taken the opposite approach from the two hitters above him.  His April was outstanding at the Class A+ level.  His May, on the other hand, hasn't been so great.  Bradley's K rate bottomed out in May to nearly 4.5 K/9, and his K/BB fell to a paltry 1.0 for the month.  Perhaps he's attempting to pitch more to contact, and perhaps it was just a rough month control wise for the young man.  Either way, the potential is still there moving forward, I just hope he can turn it around sooner rather than later.

10. Brandon Guyer, 26 years old (OF - Acquired in 2012 Trade): Guyer put together some great numbers at the AAA level to begin the year, going .294/.365/.459 before getting the call to the big leagues.  He went 1 for 7 with a HR at the big league level before landing on the DL.  Guyer doesn't have any tools that will jump out at you, but he does have the ability to be a solid contributor if he can stay healthy.  I'm hoping he can bounce back in June.

11. Tim Wheeler, 24 years old (OF - Acquired in 2012 Trade): This ranking has real opportunity to change a lot over the course of the rest of this season.  Wheeler had a HUGE 2011, and was put on the fast track for success because of it.  He got hurt in early April at AAA this year, and hasn't had a chance to prove himself as of yet.  If Wheeler can replicate his 2011 successes, he will fly up these rankings.  If not, he has the ability to at least be a 4th OF, and this ranking is probably pretty appropriate.

12. Eugenio Suarez, 20 years old (SS - 2012 Summer Draft): Suarez is a player who should stick at SS and if his bat continues to improve could prove to be a solid all around player.  There are still real questions about how good his bat really is, though.  Still in A ball, he has some things left to prove, but time to do so as well.

13. Delino DeShields, Jr., 19 years old (2B - Inherited): DeShields could probably be higher on this list, as he's very young and has plenty of time to put things together, but some position questions as well as questions about his bat linger for me.  He's not had a great year defensively at 2B with 11 errors already, and this after seeing 23 errors at 2B for him last year.  When DeShields gets on base, he can fly.  Hitting is going to be the question, given his .252 average in his second run of Class A this year.  Regardless, he has some time to have things click, so this ranking is obviously very fluid.

14. Chris Dwyer, 24 years old (SP - Inherited): Dwyer is an enigma.  He's had 6 solid starts in AA this year, 1 okay start, and 3 absolutely horrific starts.  Just when you think he's starting to get his command together, he'll have an awful start.  Like some of the other prospects here, the potential is obviously still there, but in his second go around of AA, it's time for Dwyer to start getting some consistent results.

15. Bobby Borchering, 21 years old (1B/OF - Inherited): Borchering is repeating Advanced A ball this year, with nearly the same results.  His power numbers have climbed a little, but his K rate has as well and he's seen his BB rate diminish.  Some scouts feel as though he should focus on hitting left handed only as he doesn't hit lefties well from the right side of the plate.  At this point, he beats out newly drafted Carson Kelly simply because he has some pro experience and isn't too old as a prospect just yet.

Analysis:

The system is definitely improved through the draft.  I don't know that the Royals can boast a Top 10 system in the DMBO after graduating so many players this year, but I do believe the Royals are still squarely in the top half of all DMBO minor league systems while getting much younger on the Big Club and getting very similar results to 2011.  All in all, the system has legitimate prospects at nearly every position as well as some stop-gap type players in case of injuries.

Projected 2014 Lineup

C: Tony Sanchez
1B: Jesus Guzman
2B: Rougned Odor
3B: Mat Gamel
SS: Eugenio Suarez
LF: Melky Cabrera
CF: Brett Jackson
RF: Rymer Liriano
DH: Logan Morrison

SP: Madison Bumgarner
SP: Aroldis Chapman
SP: Matt Harrison
SP: Mike Minor
SP: Rick Porcello

CP: Rafael Soriano

*Projected lineup takes only into account players still under contract in projected year and players currently on the team Reserve Roster*
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Re: Royals Minor League Information and Rankings
« Reply #7 on: 1 Jul 2012 9:47:35 AM »
Here are the Royals' Minor League highlights for the month of June:

Pitching:
J.C. Ramirez (AAA) - 8 appearances, 9.0 IP, 10K, 3BB, 1SV, 2.00 ERA.
Robert Stephenson (R) - 3 starts, 14.0 IP, 19K, 2BB, 10H, 2.57 ERA.
Aaron Laffey (MLB) - 5 appearances, 1 start, 15.0 IP, 6K, 9H, 1.80 ERA.

Hitting:
Blake Swihart (A) - .322/.338/.441 in June, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI.
Bobby Borchering (A+) - .323/.420/.740 in June, 7 2B, 11 HR, 25 RBI.
Eugenio Suarez (A) - .366/.448/.585 in June, 11 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR.
Delino DeShields, Jr. (A) - .303/.407/.424 in June, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 25 SB.
Rymer Liriano (AA) - He was torching A+ in June, and only played 2 games at AA in June.  He is 3-6 with a double and a walk.

June Promotions:
Aaron Laffey (AAA -> MLB)
J.C. Ramirez (AA -> AAA)
Tony Sanchez (AA -> AAA)
Rymer Liriano (A+ -> AA)

Minor League Player of the Month:
Bobby Borchering
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Re: Royals Minor League Information and Rankings
« Reply #8 on: 8 Aug 2012 11:12:38 PM »
After losing a bout with a lightning storm, the Intarwebs have been brought back to life at the Royals' owner complex!  Here are the Minor League highlights for July:

Pitching:
Robert Stephenson (R, A) - 4 Starts in Rookie League, 1 Start in the Midwest League.  24K, 8BB, 13H.
Felix Doubront (MLB) - 28 IP, 26K, 17BB, .721 OPS Against.

Hitting:
Tony Sanchez (AAA) - 4 2B, 6 HR, 13 RBI, .859 OPS
Carson Kelly (R) - 5 2B, 7 HR, 13 RBI, .893 OPS
Delino DeShields, Jr. (A) - .380/.468/.574, 7 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 20 SB


Notable July Moves:
Robert Stephenson (R -> A)
Trevor Crowe (AAA [INT] -> AAA [PCL]) (Signed by LAA)
Kolbrin Vitek (Activated from Rehab Assignment)
Bobby Borchering (A+ -> AA [SOU] -> AA [TEX]) (Traded to HOU)
Chris Dwyer (AA -> AAA)

Minor League Player of the Month:
Delino DeShields, Jr.
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Re: Royals Minor League Information and Rankings
« Reply #9 on: 17 Sep 2012 1:53:51 PM »
Royals Minor League Year in Review

SP: Jed Bradley (A+): 5-10, 5.53 ERA, 4.54 FIP, 5.03 K/9, 3.61 BB/9, shut down on 8/3/12 to limit innings
SP: Felix Doubront (MLB): 10-9, 5.11 ERA, 4.55 FIP, 9.00 K/9, 4.02 BB/9, 1.40 HR/9
SP: Christopher Dwyer (AA/AAA, stats listed from AAA): 3-4, 6.97 ERA, 5.96 FIP, 5.9 K/9, 4.29 BB/9
SP: Robert Stephenson (R/A, stats listed from A): 2-4, 4.19 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 9.17 K/9, 3.13 BB/9
SP: Karsten Whitson - Still in College

RP: J.C. Ramirez (AA/AAA, stats listed from AAA): 3-2, 1 SV, 40 IP, 7.65 K/9, 3.83 BB/9, 4.28 ERA, 3.90 FIP
RP: Aaron Laffey (AAA/MLB, stats listed from MLB): 3-5, 4.66 K/9, 3.31 BB/9, 4.55 ERA, 5.55 FIP
RP: Jeff Manship (AAA/MLB, stats listed from MLB): 12 APP, 21.2 IP, 4.98 K/9, 2.91 BB/9, 7.89 ERA, 5.50 FIP

C: Tony Sanchez (AA/AAA, stats listed from AAA): .233/.316/.408, .260 BABIP, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 62 Games
C: Blake Swihart (A): .262/.307/.395, 7 HR, 5 SB, 92 Games

1B: Bobby Borchering (A+/AA, stats listed from AA): .189/.275/.389, 4 HR, .246 BABIP, 30 Games

2B: Delino DeShields, Jr. (A/A+, stats listed from A+): .237/.336/.381, 2 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 18 SB, 24 Games
2B: Rougned Odor (A): .259/.313/.400, 23 2B, 10 HR, 19 SB, 109 Games

3B: Carson Kelly (R): .221/.259/.394, 10 2B, 9 HR, 56 Games
3B: Kolbrin Vitek (R/A-/AA, stats listed from AA): .242/.284/.339, 13 2B, 1 HR, 46 Games

SS: Eugenio Suarez (A): .288/.380/.409, 34 2B, 6 HR, 21 SB, 135 Games

OF: Brandon Guyer (AAA/MLB, stats listed from AAA): .294/.365/.459, 3 2B, 3 HR, 2 SB, 22 Games
OF: Rymer Liriano (A+/AA, stats listed from AA): .251/.335/.377, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 10 SB, 53 Games
OF: Tim Wheeler (AAA): .303/.357/.412, 27 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 7 SB, 92 Games

Analysis:

Pitching depth in the minors has taken a serious hit in the last year.  Bradley is young enough to get it back next year, Stephenson is a long way but showed flashes of great things in limited innings this year, and Whitson is still a high upside guy in college who fought some injury issues this year.  In terms of immediate help for the rotation, both Porcello and Doubront could likely give league average innings next season; but there's no real high ceiling rookies to step in next year.

Ramirez could prove to be a useful middle reliever down the road, but probably not next year.

After a second consecutive rough year, Dwyer's star seems to be fading fast, and Laffey, Hunter, Italiano, and Manship are nothing more than organizational/injury filler at this point.

On the offensive side, Liriano is the class of the system.  He's a true 5 tool talent.  Odor is a very strong minor league player as well.  Holding his own as a young-for-his-league player in two consecutive years.  DeShields, Jr. came on strong in the second half and showed well in his promotion to high A ball.

Swihart fought off a rough start to the year to finish with respectable numbers, but needs to take a step forward next year.  Suarez is a solid defensive SS, but needs to put up numbers at higher levels before anyone gets too excited.  Wheeler fought through an injury plagued first half to put up solid if not spectacular numbers in AAA.  Sanchez also struggled to start the year, but picked up steam and put up a .724 OPS in his first run at AAA.  Kelly showed flashes of a solid power bat in Rookie Ball, but took his lumps there as well. Crowe was released by Cleveland this year, but caught on with the Angels and put up decent numbers at their AAA affiliate this year.

Guyer's season was cut short by a shoulder injury.

Vitek and Borchering are organizational/injury filler at this point in their careers.
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Re: The Future Royal Family
« Reply #10 on: 8 Oct 2012 4:29:38 PM »
Sickels' Preliminary Top 50 Hitting Prospects:
38. Rymer Liriano (OF)
45. Delino DeShields, Jr. (2B)

Sickels' Prelinimary Top 50 Pitching Prospects:
15. Robert Stephenson
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« Reply #11 on: 15 Oct 2012 9:32:40 PM »
1.   Rymer Liriano (San Diego Padres Organization)
DOB:  6/20/1991      Position: OF
Highest Level Reached: AA   Potential: A-

Sickels/BA Accolades: Sickels #38 Preliminary Top 50 Hitting Prospects, Sickels SD #3(B+)

2.   Felix Doubront (Boston Red Sox Organization)
DOB: 10/23/1987      Position: SP
Highest Level Reached: MLB   Potential: B-

Sickels/BA Accolades: NONE

3.   Robert Stephenson (Cincinnati Reds Organization)
DOB: 2/24/1993      Position: SP
Highest Level Reached: A   Potential: A-

Sickels/BA Accolades: Sickels #15 Preliminary Top 50 Pitching Prospects, Sickels CIN #2(B+), BA CIN #2

4.   Rougned Odor (Texas Rangers Organization)
DOB: 2/3/1994         Position: 2B/SS
Highest Level Reached: A   Potential: B+

Sickels/BA Accolades: Sickels TEX #9(B)

5.   Blake Swihart (Boston Red Sox Organization)
DOB: 4/3/1992         Position: C
Highest Level Reached: A   Potential: B

Sickels/BA Accolades: Sickels BOS #8(B-), BA Red Sox #6

6.   Karsten Whitson (University of Florida)
DOB: 8/25/1991      Position: SP
Highest Level Reached: NCAA   Potential: B

Sickels/BA Accolades: NONE

7.   Eugenio Suarez (Detroit Tigers Organization)
DOB: 7/18/1991      Position: SS
Highest Level Reached: A   Potential: B-

Sickels/BA Accolades: BA Detroit #9, Sickels DET #6(B-)

8.   Tony Sanchez (Pittsburgh Pirates Organization)
DOB: 5/20/1988      Position: C
Highest Level Reached: AAA   Potential: B-

Sickels/BA Accolades: Sickels PIT Considered

9.    Carson Kelly (St. Louis Cardinals Organization)
DOB: 7/14/1994          Position: 3B
Highest Level Reached: R      Potential: B

Sickels/BA Accolades: Sickels STL #10(B-)


Grading System:
A+: Hall of Fame Player
A: MVP Caliber Player
A-: All-Star Caliber Player
B+: Number 1-2 Starter, Above Average Reliever, Above Average Everyday Batter
B: Number 2-4 Starter, Average Reliever, Average Everyday Batter
B-: Number 4-5 Starter, Situational Reliever, Platoon Player/Solid Bench Batter
C+: Spot Starter/Swingman, Utility Player
C: Quad-A Player, Organization Depth
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Re: The Future Royal Family
« Reply #12 on: 13 Jan 2013 2:07:47 PM »
With all the Sickels grades out, I've put together a rough estimate of how Sickels would grade the DMBO Royals farm system prospects (RL prospects only):

1. Robert Stephenson, RHP; Grade B+
2. Rymer Liriano, OF, Grade B+, Borderline B
3. Rougned Odor, 2B, Grade B
4. Blake Swihart, C, Grade B-
5. Ariel Pena, SP, B-
6. Eugenio Suarez, SS, Grade B-
7. Carson Kelly, 3B, Grade B-
8. Tim Wheeler, OF, Grade C+
9. Tony Sanchez, C, Grade C (Considered)
10. Bobby Borchering, OF, Grade C (Considered)
11. Chris Dwyer, LHP, Grade C (Considered)


Karsten Whitson does not yet qualify for Sickels list, and Felix Doubront has graduated from any Sickels lists.

All four 2012 draftees already garner grades better than a C+, which is exciting, but it is clear that the system needs a shot in the arm of some top flight talent as well as a restocking of good pitching depth.  There is some time to achieve those goals moving forward, as the Royals have a good balance of youth and experience on the active roster at this time.
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Re: The Future Royal Family
« Reply #13 on: 7 Feb 2013 11:34:31 PM »
MLB.com Top 100 Prospects: #51 - Robert Stephenson, #55 - Rymer Liriano
Baseball America Top 100 Prospects: #56 - Robert Stephenson
Fangraphs Top 100 Prospects: #32 - Robert Stephenson, #93 - Rymer Liriano
Sickels Top 150 Prospects: #55 - Robert Stephenson, #100 - Rymer Liriano, #122 - Rougned Odor
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Re: The Future Royal Family
« Reply #14 on: 1 May 2013 10:02:21 PM »
Royals highlights for the month of April:

Batters:
Rougned Odor (A+) - .286/.351/.500, 3 HR, 6 SB, 6.3 BB%, 20.0 K%, .378 wOBA
Eugenio Suarez (A+) - .311/.410/.437, 1 HR, 2 SB, 11.5 BB%, 20.5 K%, .392 wOBA

Pitchers:
Robert Stephenson (A) - 5 GS, 23.0 IP, 30.4 K%, 7.8 BB%, 0.78 HR/9, 2.68 FIP
Jim Henderson (MLB) - 12 G, 6 SV, 33.3 K%, 6.7 BB%, 0 HR/9, 1.27 FIP

April's Minor League Player Of The Month
Jim Henderson
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