Royals Review Prospect Pulse: September


Here it is: the final Pulse of the year.  The top hitters kept hitting but some of the pitchers hit the wall in August. This month, I've got Myers, Hosmer and Moustakas as the Top 3.  Those three are so tightly ranked--in a Top 50 list of prospects, I'd have them with all within 5 or 6 slots of each other.  I also see Monty/Lamb/Dwyer/Duffy bunched up pretty close.  Finally, I bumped Aaron Crow up a spot (this was before his 13K game last night).  I understand the comparisons to Hochevar--but Hochevar never consistently showed the stuff that he flashed for a few moments in the indy league.  Crow's stuff is still there and I could see him be the 2011 version of Moustakas.

There is still plenty of baseball to come--there is another week in the minor league regular season and there is the playoffs.  Also, October will be the Arizona Fall League--where several of our better prospects will be playing.  Also, Moose and Hoz might be playing for the US in the Pan-Am games.  In November I should start cranking my offseason prospect rankings.

minorleaguesplits.com was behind on stats when I put this together.  This hitters stats remain the same (avg/opb/slg) but pitchers stats are different.  For August it goes K%/BB%/ERA and for YTD it goes K%/BB%/FIP ERA.  Also, I've listed the players age as the last piece of info in the 'Name' column.

 

Rank Name Last Month August Stats YTD Comment
1 Wil Myers--C--HighA--19 2 330/405/424

LowA

289/408/500

HighA

332/435/481

Primed for huge numbers in AA next year.
2 Eric Hosmer--1B--AA--20 1 304/339/571

HighA

350/427/538

AA

310/358/615

900 OPS in August and gets knocked down a peg--that's how competitive this system is
3 Mike Moustakas--3B--AAA--21 3 331/357/636

AA

347/413/687

AAA

297/317/569

Remember when he was struggling in AAA?
4 Mike Montgomery--LHP--AA--21 4 17%/13%/4.25

HighA 37%/4%/1.22

AA

19%/11%/3.99

Been inconsistent since return from injury--which is worrisome
5 John Lamb--LHP--AA--20 5 12%/12%/5.89

LowA

27%/11%/3.64

HighA

31%/5%/1.89

AA

13%/10%/4.81

Up and down at AA
6 Chris Dwyer--LHP--AA--22 6 NA

HighA

24%/10%/3.15

AA

28%/14%/4.12

Didn't pitch in August because of back issue
7 Dan Duffy--LHP--AA--21 9 25%/6%/3.37 25%/6%/3.05 Very impressive at AA.
8 Christian Colon--SS--HighA--21 7 306/336/407 276/316/364 Improved some in August--would like to see more walks.
9 Aaron Crow--RHP--HighA--23 10 24%/3%/5.79

AA

17%/11%/4.76

HighA

24%/3%/4.23

Good to see improved control--might even be a little underrated at this point.
10 Cheslor Cuthbert--3B--SS--17 15 NA

AZ

265/342/412

ID

233/281/433

Injury knocked him out but in a short amount made an impression.
11 Brett Eibner--CF--SS--21 11 NA NA Not sure if he will get an ABs in this year or not.
12 Johnny Giavotella--2B--AA--23 13 404/470/577 323/390/448 Heck of a second half.
13 Tyler Sample--RHP--LowA--21 12 17%/25%/9.50 20%/17%/5.19 Really bad month.
14 David Lough--OF--AAA--24 14 380/432/522 279/334/437 Flying a little under the radar--had a good month after being unlucky for most of the year.
15 Tim Melville--RHP--HighA--20 18 16%/7%/3.05 18%/11%/4.41 Has righted the ship and could zoom up the rankings next year.
16 Tim Collins--LHP--AAA--21 19 27%/11%/1.50

AA

46%/10%/2.55

AAA

27%/11%/2.81

Hasn't missed a beat at AAA.
17 Derrick Robinson--CF--AA--22 17 273/333/386 285/344/379 Hasn't been able to match a very good April.
18 Paulo Orlando--CF--AA--24 20 283/339/455 310/369/475 Numbers were down a bit in August due to low BB% and low BABIP.
19 Will Smith-LHP--HighA--21 21 23%/2%/3.59

AAA

17%/8%/4.68

AA

8%/9%/6.07

HighA

21%/5%/3.98

Pitching well after getting yanked around by the Angels.
20 Clint Robinson--1B--AA--25 28 410/483/780 328/406/613 Home numbers are great but road numbers are also good.
21 Crawford Simmons--LHP--SS--20 33 21%/5%/1.67 23%/6%/3.71 Another Royal lefty who is having great success.
22 Louis Coleman--RHP--AAA--24 23 29%/10%/2.04

AA

28%/7%/3.29

AAA

29%/7%/3.26

Would like to see what he could do in  a KC Sept. audition
23 Buddy Baumann--RHP--HighA--22 29 22%/6%/1.57 28%/9%/2.66 Just keeps on performing
24 Salvador Perez--C--HighA--20 26 390/412/623 283/311/406 Strong finish for a good defensive 20 year old catcher
25 Jordan Parraz--OF--AAA--25 16 188/280/259 251/332/384 Not sure if he has much of a space
26 Patrick Keating--RHP--AA--23 24 43%/9%/4.15

HighA

35%/9%/2.64

AA

33%/11%/2.86

Struggled somewhat this month
27 Manny Pina--C--AA--23 25 268/308/378

AA
257/317/403

AAA

218/267/364

Good D with a bat that won't kill you
28 Jason Adams--RHP--N/A--19 27 NA NA Will have to wait til 2011 to see what he can do
29 Noel Arguelles--LHP--DL--20 22 NA NA Nothing to see here
30 Kevin Chapman--LHP--HighA--22 32 19%/7%/5.00 22%/10%/3.78
31 Lucas May--C--AAA--25 34 267/370/494 287/361/507
I'm still a little skeptical but its good that he has hit away from Albuquerque
32 Michael Antonio--SS--SS--19 30 266/289/394 264/297/429 Bat slumped toward the end of the year.
33 Blaine Hardy--LHP--AAA--23 34* 12%/7%/4.83

AA

17%/8%/3.04

AAA

17%/7%/4.92

Has been used as starter not sure what the plan is
34 Elisaul Pimentel--RHP--LowA--22 31 15%/14%/6.00 24%/10%/3.87 Hasn't pitched well since coming to KC organization
35 Jarrod Dyson--CF--AAA--25 45 275/327/366

AAA

282/328/368

Defense supposed to be great but will never be an asset with the bat
36 Robinson Yambati--RHP--SS--19 41 17%/3%/2.20 22%/4%/3.16 Kid with great control
37 Rey Navarro--SS/2B--HighA--20 38 232/252/384 236/272/328 The numbers are horrible but I still think there is something there.
38 Yordano Ventura--RHP--SS--19 NR| 26%/7%/2.16 25%/8%/3.94 Supposed to have electric stuff
39 Jeff Bianchi--SS--DL--23 42 NA NA Hopefully will see him back in 2011
40 Brandon Sisk--LHP--AA--25 37 17%/14%/4.91 21%/10%/4.05 Control hasn't been very good of late.
41 Edgar Osuna--LHP--AA--23 35 11%/11%/10.4

AAA

11%/11%/10.4

AA

17%/3%/3.77

Really struggled down the stretch
42 Tim Smith--OF--AA--24 36 313/329/500 303/365/456 Continues to be pretty good but not great with bat
43 Jorge Bonifacio--CF--SS--17 46 211/267/342 211/267/342 Another talented teenager in our low minor leagues
44 Ed Lucas--SS--AAA--29 47 282/393/453 312/395/497 Is he this good? Probably not but he looks useful.
45 Kelvim Herrera--RHP--DL--20 39 NA 23%/9%/3.72 Haven't heard a thing about him--here's to health in 2011.
46 Greg Billo--RHP--SS--20 NR 27%/8%/5.00 25%/6%/4.31 Numbers look pretty good--especially in Pioneer league.
47 Yowil Espinal--2B--SS--19 50 208/322/250 280/349/352 Where has the power gone?
48 Keaton Hayenga--RHP--LowA--22 49 12%/10%/4.67 9%/10%/5.78 Pitching a little bit better of late.
49 Shin Jo-Ho--C--SS--19 44 044/204/067 152/282/208 Horrible month but I the talent is still intriguing.
50 Michael Mariot--RHP--SS--21 NR 37%/6%/5.84 28%/7%/4.00 Cornhusker has had a good pro debut.

 

Graduated: Kila Kaaihue, Jai Miller

Dropped Off: Mario Santiago

Player of the Month:  Johnny Giavotella

Johnny G., our 2nd Round pick from 2008 had a great month--hitting for average, drawing walks and hitting for power.  He has really come on in the 2nd Half--the power he has shown in the past couple months is especially encouraging.   For 2011 he needs to show consistency over the entire year. I've heard the defense should work at second base.   By 2012, he could be our starting second baseman--where I think he could be an offensive asset and a fan favorite--as the little scrappy player who actually can hit.

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