Eric Hosmer will narrowly miss becoming the second Royal in a row to win the HR tital in the Midwest League, as he is promoted to Wilmington in late July. He enters 2010 as the Royals #1 prospect and a consensus top 10 prospect in baseball.
Daniel Gutierrez develops his changeup and rips through three three levels of minor league baseball, including three starts in Omaha at the end of the year. He is the Royals #1 pitching prospect entering 2010, #3 overall, and top 50 in baseball.
Salvador Perez plants himself at the top of the Royals catching prospects with a stellar season at Burlington hitting behind Eric Hosmer.
Breaking on to the scene in 2009? Royals 2008 8th round pick Malcom Culver. The second baseman shows excellent speed and hit tools in Burlington, North Carolina, and plants himself inside the Royals top 25 for 2010.
Chris Nicoll will get a September call up after converting back to a starter and showing excellent control and strikeout numbers between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. He's easily a top 15 prospect for 2010, and only that low because he'll be 25 at the end of the season.