Royals Prospects Progress Report

ANAHEIM CA - JULY 11: U.S. Futures All-Star Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals at bat during the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 11 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

We have made it two months into the season, so it's a good time to take a look at how the Royals prospects are doing. I used NYRoyal Scott McKinney's list of 65 prospects heading into the season, and assigned them all grades based on how well they have performed so far. 

Player Position Grade Comments

Wil Myers

OF  C

Numbers are not overwhelming, but he has battled knee injuries

Eric Hosmer 1B  A Dominated AAA, and has hit well for the Royals.
Mike Moustakas 3B B- Moose started season slow, but overall numbers are improving
Mike Montgomery LHP C- Has had command issues plus rough starts in three of last four outings. Still, he is only 21 in AAA and is getting lots of strikeouts and groundouts.
John Lamb LHP  B Strikeouts are low, but so are walks and runs. It was announced early this morning that Lamb is going to have his elbow examined, and will have Tommy John Surgery if necessary
Christopher Dwyer LHP  D Command issues, too many baserunners, and  good but not great strikeout/groundball rates has created a high ERA
Danny Duffy LHP  A- Duffy pitched well in AAA, and has shown good stuff in MLB. Needs to work on curveball command

 

Jake Odorizzi RHP  A Odorizzi is mowing down batters in High-A; a promotion is expected to come this summer.
Christian Colon SS/2B  D Has shown improved plate discipline and a low strikeout rate, but cannot buy a hit right now
Aaron Crow RHP  A Pitched well out of Royals bullpen, will now get a chance to be the closer
Lorenzo Cain OF B+ Strong hitting numbers, but a high strikeout rate keeps him from earning an A
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B  A Only has 39 AB in Low-A, but has started strong
Brett Eibner OF  -   Only played in two games this season before getting hurt
Johnny Giavotella 2B B- Has been an above-average hitter, but for very little power
David Lough OF A- He is hitting for a high average and power, still won't take a walk.
Tim Collins LHP B+ Walks have been a problem, but overall has been a solid arm in the pen
Jeremy Jeffress RHP  D Has electric stuff, but major control issues forced a demotion. Royals are now attempting to convert him to a starter
Tim Melville RHP  C Walks are down, but so are strikeouts and hits are way up. Needs to find a balance between pounding the zone and going for strikeouts
Robinson Yambati RHP   - Short Season
Yordano Ventura RHP C- Has only made three starts, but has allowed a lot of hits and runs. He does have high strikeout numbers, low walks, but four wild pitches.
Salvador Perez C C+ Hitting numbers aren't great, but are not terrible for a catcher. Hopefully he will show more power later in the season
Derrick Robinson OF C+ Average BA, solid OBP, lots of steals, no power. Robinson has also battled injuries this season
Louis Coleman RHP B+ Coleman has pitched well in AAA and for the Royals. Like most Royal bullpen pitchers, he has walked too many guys to earn an A.
Jason Adam RHP  A Although he only has 3 starts, Adam has a 1.96 ERA for the Cougars. Good start for the 19 year-old.
Will Smith LHP  C  The lefty had a rough start of the season, but has righted the ship recently. Low walks, low strikeouts, high groundballs, and a few too many homers has made it an interesting season
Paulo Orlando OF D- The Brazillian has really struggled hitting in AAA, and appears to be losing playing time since Dyson was demoted.
Kevin Chapman LHP B+ The former Florida closer has struck out 36 batters in 20 innings with only six walks. 11 RA in 20 innings is not great, but he probably should get promoted to AA soon.
Everett Teaford LHP  B

Teaford pitched well in AAA, and has been solid in his six innings for the Royals. His stuff doesn't look as electric as Coleman and Collins, but his results have been solid

Tyler Sample RHP A- Sample has pitched well this season, his walks are much lower than last year. His strikeout rate needs to rise a little for his 2.84 ERA to be sustained, but he has pitched much better this year
Buddy Baumann LHP C+ He had a really tough start to the season, but has pitched much better as late. The lefty is averaging one strikeout per inning, but is also allowing a lot of baserunners
Noel Arguelles LHP  A The Cuban is alive, and would be the most talked about High-A pitcher if Odorizzi wasn't so dominant. He only has five walks in 44 innings.
Jeff Bianchi SS/2B  D His average is higher than Colon's, but has shown very little plate discipline and power. Not the strongest return for the former top prospect
Crawford Simmons LHP C- Crawford has similar numbers to Ventura; decent strikeout numbers, too many baserunners, has only made three starts
Clint Robinson 1B  A Robinson has performed above expectations in AAA, and has been the best hitter on the team (non-Hosmer division).
Jarrod Dyson OF C+ Didn't hit well in the show, but didn't play either. Has hit decently in AAA, but only has 42 AB. 
Patrick Keating RHP B Good strikeout numbers out of the bullpen in AA, but has given up four homeruns in 20 innings.
Greg Holland RHP  A Pitched well in AAA, has yet to allow a run for the Royals this season.
Manuel Pina C  D Has a mediocre OBP, but is only batting .187. Kinda Matt Treanor-lite in AAA.
Lucas May C  F May has an atrocious slash line of .160/.244/.247. That makes the Treanor/Pena combo look so much better
Blaine Hardy LHP  D Hardy has battled control issues, with a 15:13 K/BB ratio in just 19 innings in AAA. 
Michael Antonio SS   -  Short Season
Kelvin Herrera RHP  A Herrera has only allowed one run out of the bullpen for the Blue Rocks, and has a 6:1 K/BB ratio
Humberto Arteaga SS   - Short Season
Justin Marks LHP B- Has a good K/BB ratio in High-A, but has allowed a startling seven home runs so far this season
Elisaul Pimental RHP C- His ERA is not good at 5.36, but he has probably pitched better than that. Pimental has also struggled with the longball, giving up six in High-A.
Jorge Bonifacio OF   -  Short Season
Lance Zawadzki SS  D+ His saving grace has been a decent SLG, but his OBP and BA have been atrocious. Zawadzki is quickly losing luster as a prospect.
Rey Navarro 2B/SS   A Navarro got off to a scorching start to the season, and sports a .298/.351/.457 triple slash line. Navarro has the highest OPS for the Blue Rocks
Nathan Adcock RHP  B- Adcock's sinker has a lot of life to it, but probably would benefit from another year or two starting in the minors. He hasn't, however, hurt the major league roster.
Edgar Osuna LHP  D The left-hander has a good K/BB ratio, but has surrendered a whopping 50 hits in 34 innings, and has a ERA north of seven. Hopefully he has been a victim of bad-luck, and his overall numbers will start improving 
Jose Bonilla C  B- The 21 year-old has a .260/.342/.340 triple slash, which is acceptable for a catcher in a pitchers park.
Henry Barrera RHP   - DL
Greg Billo RHP  A Billo has pitched well out of the bullpen and as a starter for the Cougars. He has an ERA under two, averages a strikeout per inning, and has a 4:1 K/BB ratio.
Kevin Pucetas RHP  B- Has been an above average pitcher for the Storm Chasers, but has not been overwhelming. Pucetas might get a shot in the majors if more pitchers get hurt.
Yowil Espinal 2B  F

The 20 year-old has been awful at the plate for the Cougars, hitting .184/.243/.293

Orlando Carlixte SS   - Only has 20 AB in Low-A, but is hitting .238/.286/.238
Keaton Hayenga RHP  C- Has only made four starts for the Cougars. Hayenga has a better ERA than Ventura, but his K/BB ratio is not as strong.
Shin Jo-Ho C   - Short Season
Willian Avinazar RHP   - Short Season
Mike Mariot RHP  A Mariot has pitched well out of the Blue Rocks bullpen. He has an ERA of 1.17, and is allowing less than one base runner per inning.
Brandon Sisk LHP  B- Like many AA pitchers, Sisk has pretty solid peripherals but only has an average ERA. Pitching in Arvest Ballpark sucks
Justin Trapp SS  F Suspended 50 days after he tested positive for Phentermine
Leonel Santiago RHP  A Santiago has a 3.09 ERA after 11 starts, and has 56:14 K/BB ratio. The 21 year-old may get promoted to High-A when Odorizzi/Arguelles get promoted
Murray Watts 1B   - Short Season
Brian Fletcher OF  A Fletcher has hit well, owning a .328/.376/.491 triple slash
Pat White OF Retired

Overall, I feel pretty good about how our farm system has performed so far. Although you would like to see more A's and B's at the top, most of those guys are very young, and have plenty of time to right the ship. Most of the Royals prospects seem to be progressing just fine, or are a couple of changes away from progressing. If you find me to be a too nice/harsh grader, please sound off in the comments and we can discuss how the prospects are doing. Hopefully, this gives everyone a good idea about how the kids have performed so far.

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