Royals Review Community Prospect Rankings Who's #14?

Eibner wins going away for #13.  I've added quite a few names for the #14 spot.

#1 Wil Myers C 2009 3rd Round Pick currently at A+ Wilmington  .334/.434/.544 16 HR Career Minor league stats
#2 Eric Hosmer 1b #3 Overall pick 2008 currently at AA NW Arkansas
 .292/.372/.469 23 HR
#3 Mike Montgomery SP Supplementary Pick #36 Overall 2008 3.06 FIP 242 IP 214 Ks 72 BBs 171 Hits allowed
#4 Mike Moustakas 3b #2 Overall pick 2007 Omaha Royal .279/.336/.492 67 HR 
#5 John Lamb SP 5th Round Pick 2008 3.22 FIP 205 IP 9.35 K/9 2.63 BB/9
#6 Danny Duffy SP 3rd Round Pick 2007
 3.04 FIP 311.3 IP 10.32 K/9 2.92 BB/9
#7 Chris Dwyer SP 4th Round Pick 2009 3.63 FIP 99.3 IP 10.15 K/9 4.35 BB/9
#8 Christian Colon SS 1st Round Pick 2010 .273/.319/.364 3 HR in 57 gms
#9 Aaron Crow SP 1st Round Pick 2009 163.1 IP 143 K 181 H 19 HR
#10 Tim Collins RP Acquired in Trade for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth
#11 Cheslor Cuthbert 3b International Free Agent
#12 Johnny Giavotella 2b 2nd Rd Pick 2008 .293/.370/.422 19 HR 152/155 BB/So
#13 Brett Eibner OF 2nd Rd Pick 2010


Louis Coleman 5th round Pick 2009 #152 overall - Coleman had an up and down career at LSU struggling his first two seasons to excelling his junior and senior season out of the pen and as a starter both.  Coleman contributed to LSU's 2009 CWS title closing out the deciding game versus Texas.  Drafted as a reliever only he has a fastball/slider combo that grades out as average to slightly above.  His fastball for the most part sits in the low 90s with a peak of 95.  At times he struggles at staying on top of his slider because he throws from a 3/4 arm angle and that pitch will flatten out leading to a longball but for the most part he has breezed thru the minors striking out over a man per inning.  Coleman should challenge for the big league pen next season and could be a solid setup combo with Collins.

117 IP 76 H 30 BB 126 K 2.87 FIP

David Lough 2007 11th Rd Pick -  Baseball America - Lough's above-average speed is his best tool, but what stands out most is his lack of a clear weakness. The rest of his tools all project to be right around major league average. He showed a more advanced approach at the plate in 2009. His swing is short and direct, which allows him to hit for average and rarely strike out. Thanks to his strong wrists, he projects to hit for average power, though he's most comfortable lining doubles into the gaps. He's an average defender in center field who usually has played in left because he has been alongside quality center fielders.  Lough from A ball to AA was a bit of a free swinger carrying no higher than a 6.4% walk percentage and for the first half of his AAA season he was that player as well.  Then working at the top of the order ahead of Alex Gordon, Kila Ka'aihue and Mike Moustakas in the second half of the season Lough changed something up drawing 30 walks in his last 190 ABs.  Overall his season was less than stellar but acceptable considering the improvement from June on.  One part of his game I would like eliminated is the sacrifice bunt, Lough had 17 sacrifices on the season.

.299/.356/.470 45 Hr 107/223 BB/K 1520 ABs

Salvador Perez  International Free Agent 2006-  An international free agent Perez wasn't a big name international signee similar to Cuthbert but has slowly built himself into a prospect.  The 6'3 200 lbs defense first catcher is slowly coming around with the bat.  As only a 20 year old right handed hitting catcher in a tough right hand hitting park one can't dislike Perez .732 OPS and 42% caught stealing percentage in the Carolina league this season.  Some coaches and scouts gave him Sandy Alomar comps and he was said to be the #21 rated player in the Carolina League by Lacy Lusk.  He is a nice insurance piece to have if Wil Myers proves he can't handle the catching duties longterm.  His size should produce enough power and he's shown a decent ability to hit for average at stops in the Pioneer and Carolina league so that combined with his defense should give him a average chance to play a position that doesn't require much to be a regular in the bigs.  Perez will be challenged during the Fall as one of the youngest players invited to the Arizona Fall League and a promotion to AA following that.

.283/.326/.383 10 HR 986 ABs 39% CS

Robinson Yambati International Free Agent 2009
Yordano Ventura International Free Agent 2009
-  I admit I don't know much about these guys other than what I've read never have seen them play but if I can list Cuthbert then one can't have these guys much lower as BA ranked them higher in their AZL ratings.  Ventura is quite the anomaly as a 19 year old who stands 5'11 160 lbs and throwing his fastball into the triple digits while regularly sitting 94-96.  He is still working on a curve and change up as most 19 year olds would be while Yambati is bigger and projects to possibly have a better change longterm while touching 96 with his fastball.  Yambati is already 6'4 185 lbs as a 19 year old and should be able to add more velocity to his fastball.  Lots of projection with both here but one has to be intrigued by an 09 International class that includes the likes of these two with Cuthbert.

Yambati AZL 8-2 2.71 ERA 64/12 K/BB 66 IP 65 H
Ventura AZL 4-2 3.25 ERA 58/17 K/BB 53 IP 49 H

Tim Melville 4th Round 2008-  Melville was considered the #1 HS pitcher going into his prep senior season by many but after struggling a bit his stock had dropped a tad and the Royals were there to swoop in when his predraft demands had him fall to the 4th Rd.  At 6'5 210 lbs and being a decent athlete with a mid 90s fastball, 12-6 curve that flashes plus Melville certainly looks the part but control problems gave him major troubles so far in his young career.  His change up is still a work in progress but none of it will matter if he can't learn to control his fastball and curve.  Adam Foster was the first to clue us in to his control problems in the spring and Melville got off to a poor start in the Carolina league and just as he had seemed to turn things around with some decent starts in a row he came down with a injury.  All in all it was an up and down season but Melville has a ton of tools to work with and should he get his mechanics in line could develop into a 2/3 starter in the bigs.

214.1 IP 194 H 192 K 99 BB 20 HR

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