Royals Top 60 Prospects: #37-31

Does anyone else feel like the MLB Playoffs are starting to feel like the NBA playoffs?  I don't mind all the games--but all the days off are painful.  The offseason has officially now begun and with fresh rumors that there might be prospects involved in the Teahen trade.  Let's just say if there are prospects involved from the Royals, they better be ones I've already written about (both for the sake of making a good trade and  of not messing up my list).  We finish up the bottom half of the Royals Top 60 Prospects.  Next week I'll do #30-26 of the Royals Top 30.

 

Here's a review of the previous players listed:

60--Dylan Lindsay

59-Blaine Hardy

58-Barry Bowden

57-Rowdy Hardy

56-Matt Mitchell

55-Ryan Wood

54-Eduardo Paulino

53-Nick Van Stratten

52-Deivy Batista

51-Sean McCauley

50-Fernando Cruz

49-Eric Basurto

48-Pedro Nivar

47-Cole White

46-Jarrod Dyson

45-Jerico Blanco

44-Shin Jin-ho

43-Manny Pina

42-Ben Theriot

41-Dusty Odenback

40-Jason Taylor

39-Geulin Beltre

38b-Ed Cegarra

38a-Jose Bonilla

37--Malcolm Culver--3B--Age-19

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff PA AB 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2009 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rook KCR 234 203 4 3 3 24 8 4 26 41 .222 .315 .315 .630
2009 19 Burlington APPY Rook KCR 214 184 4 3 3 19 8 4 25 37 .217 .316 .321 .637
2009 19 Idaho Falls PION Rook KCR 20 19 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 4 .263 .300 .263 .563
2 Seasons 264 229 4 3 3 24 9 4 29 54 .218 .313 .301 .614
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2009.

We drafted Culver in the 8th Round of the 2008 draft out of HS in California.  Culver is projected to hit for power and already shows a pretty good eye at the plate.  He has the tools to be a pretty good defender at 3rd base.  If he does well in the spring, he could go to Low-A Burlington, Iowa in 2010. 


36--Alex Llanos--CF--Age:19

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff PA AB 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2009 -- 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rook KCR 274 252 11 3 3 30 18 9 15 77 .266 .309 .369 .678
2009 -- Idaho Falls PION Rook KCR 139 130 5 1 0 14 3 4 5 42 .223 .252 .277 .529
2009 -- Royals ARIZ Rook KCR 135 122 6 2 3 16 15 5 10 35 .311 .366 .467 .833
2 Seasons 497 455 19 4 3 47 32 13 28 140 .229 .278 .308 .585
Generated 11/3/2009.

We drafted Llanos in the 6th Round of the 2008 draft out of Puerto Rico.  He was known as a toolsy, raw kid who had some potentail with the bat.  He was relatively young--playing the 2008 Arizona League at the age of 17 and posting an uninspiring 471 OPS.   In his second go around in Arizona he did much better.  He struggled again when he was promoted to Idaho Falls.  He's still very young (won't turn 20 until next September) and I'm guessing he'll get a second go at Idaho Falls this coming year.

35--Chris Nicoll-RHP--Age:26

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff ERA G SV IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 25 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA KCR 4.47 39 1 88.2 1.410 9.1 0.8 3.6 7.7 2.17
2009 25 Northwest Arkansas TL AA KCR 3.50 33 1 61.2 1.395 8.8 0.6 3.8 8.5 2.23
2009 25 Omaha PCL AAA KCR 6.67 6 0 27.0 1.444 10.0 1.3 3.0 6.0 2.00
5 Seasons 3.83 123 5 397.0 1.234 8.0 0.9 3.1 9.4 3.06
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/3/2009.

This is an agressive ranking for Nicoll--but I've always liked him.  Nicoll was our 3rd round pick in 2005.  He has battled injuries in the past and has been moved to the pen for the past couple of years.  He pitched pretty well at AA last year but struggled at AAA.  He's a flyball pitcher--so he will be suseptible to the HR.  I think he can go back to AAA in 2010 and, if he performs well, could contribute later next year.

34--Brandon Sisk--LHP--Age:24

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff ERA G SV IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 23 Wilmington CARL A_adv KCR 1.92 45 21 61.0 0.787 4.4 0.3 2.7 11.5 4.33
2 Seasons 1.75 67 23 143.2 0.974 5.5 0.3 3.3 11.4 3.50
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/3/2009.

The Royals recently signed Adam Frost--a 22 year old SS-from the independant leagues.  Perhaps they were inspired by the success Brandon Sisk has found.  We signed Sisk out of the Indy Leagues in 2008 and he been very successful so far.  I've heard that his stuff is not overpowering but he seems to get the most out of it.  He is pitching in the Arizona Fall League where he has pitched well in 8ip which bodes well that he could continue his success in AA in 2010.

33--Crawford Simmons--LHP--Age:19

We drafted Simmons in th 14th Round out of HS in Georgia.  We signed him away from Georgia Tech.  We gave him way over slot money ($450,000) because he has an average fastball but a couple of potential plus pitches in his curve and his change-up.  The Royals seem to be targetting young pitchers who have several good pitches as opposed to one great one.  As I've said before, I like this strategy.  Simmons is a good prospect if he has an average pitch and 2 plus pitches.  If Simmons' fastball gains velocity as he fills out he could become a very good prospects.  The odds are against that but its worth half a million to gamble.  Simmons will play short season ball next year.

32--Juan Abreu--RHP--Age:24

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff ERA G SV IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs A_adv-AA KCR 3.67 36 16 41.2 1.512 5.8 0.9 7.8 11.4 1.47
2009 24 Wilmington CARL A_adv KCR 1.69 20 12 21.1 1.031 3.4 0.4 5.9 11.8 2.00
2009 24 Northwest Arkansas TL AA KCR 5.75 16 4 20.1 2.016 8.4 1.3 9.7 11.1 1.14
4 Seasons 4.90 92 25 220.1 1.530 8.0 0.7 5.7 10.9 1.90
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/3/2009.

He certainly does strike a lot of people out.  But he walks a bunch of them too and he's a flyball pitcher and he's not terribly young.  He was pretty lucky with homers at Wilmington and not so lucky at Northwest Arkansas.  He's the kind of pitcher you are afraid the second he leaves this team will figure it out and become some other teams Robinson Tejeda.  He'll probably go back to AA in 2010 to see if he can harness his stuff.

31--Tug Hulett--2B--Age:26

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff PA AB 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2009 26 Omaha PCL AAA KCR 442 374 27 4 11 53 9 2 58 79 .291 .384 .473 .858
6 Seasons 2833 2333 146 25 39 287 102 31 421 517 .284 .394 .418 .812
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/3/2009.

Will this guy ever get a chance?  He gets on base, has some power, doesn't kill you at 2nd base--that is valuable.  We picked him up from Seattle last Spring and he got a cup of coffee last year with the big club.  With the possible addition of Chris Getz--along with Callaspo/Bloomquist, it looks like 2nd base is going to be pretty packed.   My guess is that we send him along to another club where he becomes a useful player.

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