Royals 2011 Top 60 Prospects: #42-37

Now we start getting to the meat of the system.  There are some really exciting players to talk about.  Jorge Bonifacio, Humberto Arteaga and Kelvin Herrera all have exciting numbers/tools. Obviously they all are either raw or have injury issues that keep them from being top prospects.  But hopefully a couple of these toolsy players will have a breakout 2011 and be a lot higher next year.

60. Pat White--OF

59. Brain Fletcher--OF

58. Murray Watts--1B

57. Leonel Santiago--RHP

56. Justin Trapp--SS

55. Brandon Sisk--LHP

54. Mike Mariot--RHP

53. Wilian Avinazar--RHP

52. Shin Jin-Ho--C

51.Keaton Hayenga--RHP

50. Orlando Calixte--SS

49. Yowil Espinal--SS

48. Kevin Pucetas--RHP

47. Greg Billo--RHP

46. Henry Barrera--RHP

45. Jose Bonilla-C

44. Edgar Osuna--LHP

43. Rey Navarro--SS

42. Lance Zawadzki--SS--DOB:5/25/85

Year Age Tm Lev Aff PA AB SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2007 22 2 Teams A--Rk SDP 145 131 1 0 13 32 .305 .372 .443 .815
2007 22 Padres Rk SDP 33 30 0 0 3 8 .433 .485 .633 1.118
2007 22 Eugene A- SDP 112 101 1 0 10 24 .267 .339 .386 .725
2008 23 2 Teams A-AA SDP 521 457 28 3 54 103 .274 .352 .398 .750
2008 23 Fort Wayne A SDP 518 454 28 3 54 101 .273 .352 .399 .751
2008 23 San Antonio AA SDP 3 3 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 .333 .667
2009 24 2 Teams AA-A+ SDP 556 491 17 2 62 103 .285 .369 .456 .825
2009 24 Lake Elsinore A+ SDP 164 145 3 1 18 29 .276 .360 .552 .911
2009 24 San Antonio AA SDP 392 346 14 1 44 74 .289 .372 .416 .789
2010 25 2 Teams AAA-AA SDP 409 373 12 6 34 91 .225 .291 .316 .607
2010 25 San Antonio AA SDP 161 148 7 1 13 34 .216 .280 .345 .624
2010 25 Portland AAA SDP 248 225 5 5 21 57 .231 .298 .298 .596
4 Seasons 1631 1452 58 11 163 329 .268 .344 .401 .745
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table generated 11/30/2010.

 

The Royals just picked up Zawadzki this offseason off waivers from San Diego.  He started 2010 as the 15th rated prospect in the Padres system by Baseball America.  He had hit pretty well in his career until last year when he really struggled.  I don't know if he was injured or what.  He can play all over the infield: 3B, SS, 2B.  He will probably start at AAA where the Royals will hope he will refind his stroke.  He could make an appearance in KC if there is an injury/trade during the season.

41. Jorge Bonifacio--CF--DOB:6/4/93

Year Age Tm Lg Aff PA AB SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 17 2 Teams 2 Lgs KCR 282 240 14 7 32 58 .296 .381 .433 .814
2010 17 Royals DOSL KCR 196 164 13 5 26 27 .335 .429 .476 .904
2010 17 Royals ARIZ KCR 86 76 1 2 6 31 .211 .271 .342 .613
1 Season 282 240 14 7 32 58 .296 .381 .433 .814
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/30/2010.

 

I don't have much information on this 2009 international signee.  He was the CF for the Royals Dominican Summer League team and put up extremely impressive numbers.  He was honored as the top hitter for that team by the Royals.  He moved up to the Arizona League and struggled.  He'll turn 18 right before the short season begins in 2011.  He'll probably go back to Surprise and work on his pitch recognition.

40. Elisau Pimentel--RHP--DOB:7/10/88

Year Age Tm Lev Aff ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2007 18 Dodgers FRk LAD 4.23 8 3 27.2 1.301 8.5 1.0 3.3 7.8 2.40
2008 19 2 Teams Rk LAD 2.70 13 10 60.0 1.050 7.2 0.0 2.2 6.8 3.00
2008 19 Ogden Rk LAD 6.75 2 0 4.0 1.750 11.2 0.0 4.5 4.5 1.00
2008 19 Dodgers Rk LAD 2.41 11 10 56.0 1.000 6.9 0.0 2.1 6.9 3.31
2009 20 Ogden Rk LAD 4.73 13 12 59.0 1.458 10.8 0.6 2.3 7.3 3.20
2010 21 2 Teams A LAD,KCR 3.98 22 21 115.1 1.309 7.8 0.5 4.0 9.1 2.27
2010 21 Great Lakes A LAD 3.49 17 16 90.1 1.173 7.1 0.6 3.5 9.7 2.77
2010 21 Burlington A KCR 5.76 5 5 25.0 1.800 10.4 0.4 5.8 6.8 1.19
4 Seasons 3.88 56 46 262.0 1.282 8.4 0.5 3.1 8.0 2.56
Rk (2 seasons) 3.71 26 22 119.0 1.252 9.0 0.3 2.3 7.0 3.10
A (1 season) 3.98 22 21 115.1 1.309 7.8 0.5 4.0 9.1 2.27
FRk (1 season) 4.23 8 3 27.2 1.301 8.5 1.0 3.3 7.8 2.40
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/30/2010.

 

Pimentel, along with Lucas May, was our return from the Dodgers for the venerated Scott Podsednik this past July.  It's hard to know what to make out of Pimentel--he is supposed to have a good arm and some good raw stuff.  But he's already 22 and has pitched OK at Low-A.  He gets some K's, but needs to walk fewer hitters.  After the trade, Dayton Moore explained that they knew they could possibly get a draft pick for Podsednik if they held on to him but felt Pimentel was equal value to a 2nd Round pick.  We shall see.  He will probably start 2011 in Wilmington where he will need to put up some very good numbers to stay a prospect through 2011.

39. Justin Marks--LHP--DOB:1/12/88

Year Age Tm Lev Aff ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 21 Athletics Rk OAK inf 1 1 0.0 0.00
2010 22 2 Teams A-A+ OAK 4.87 25 24 129.1 1.353 8.8 1.0 3.4 9.5 2.78
2010 22 Kane County A OAK 4.92 20 20 109.2 1.368 8.9 0.9 3.4 9.8 2.90
2010 22 Stockton A+ OAK 4.58 5 4 19.2 1.271 7.8 1.8 3.7 7.8 2.13
2 Seasons 5.29 26 2e 5 129.1 1.407 9.0 1.1 3.7 9.5 2.57
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/30/2010.

 

Marks was a 3rd Round pick of Oakland's in the 2009 draft out of Louisville.  Marks came to us as part of the David Dejesus trade.  He has four pitches--fastball, curve, change and slider.  None are great but they are all about average.  He pitched better than his ERA last but was a little on the old side for Low-A (similar to Pimentel).  He doesn't have a high ceiling and he projects to be a back end starter.  He will probably go to Wilmington in 2011 which should help his numbers.

38. Humberto Arteaga--SS--DOB:?

The Royals signed Arteaga out of Venezuela this past summer for $1.1 million.  He is a 6ft. 1in. SS who will probably bat righthanded--but has switch hit in the past.  Not sure what his birthday is but he is 16.  Defense is his calling card and the Royals say he has a good line drive stroke.  He reportedly was impressive during Instructional League back in October.  He has a lot of potential and a long ways to go.  He will either play in the Dominican Summer League in 2011 or for the Surprise Royals in the Arizona League.

37. Kelvin Herrera--RHP--DOB:12/31/89

Year Age Tm Lev Aff ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2007 17 Royals FRk KCR 0.84 11 5 42.2 1.055 6.3 0.2 3.2 10.5 3.33
2008 18 2 Teams Rk-A KCR 1.56 14 9 63.1 1.074 8.7 0.0 1.0 7.4 7.43
2008 18 Burlington Rk KCR 1.42 11 8 50.2 1.046 8.5 0.0 0.9 8.0 9.00
2008 18 Burlington A KCR 2.13 3 1 12.2 1.184 9.2 0.0 1.4 5.0 3.50
2009 19 Burlington A KCR 0.00 1 1 5.0 0.600 5.4 0.0 0.0 1.8
2010 20 Burlington A KCR 4.35 8 8 41.1 1.282 8.3 0.4 3.3 8.7 2.67
4 Seasons 2.07 34 23 152.1 1.109 7.8 0.2 2.2 8.4 3.86
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/30/2010.

 

Herrera is a personal favorite.  He's a smallish pitcher (under 6 ft.) from the Dominican but has good stuff and good control.  Health has a been a big issue for him--limiting him to under 60ip the past two years combined.  In 2010, Herrera had elbow inflammation but, as far as I know, did not have surgery.  When he's healthy he's got a good fastball and developing off speed pitches.  He gets a good amount of K's and also generates a lot of groundballs.  Herrera still has an exciting arm--if he's healthy, he could be at Wilmington in 2011 and could zoom up this list providing some needed RHP pitching depth.  However, he may also need to move to the bullpen if his arm can't handle the stress of starting.

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