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Best farm system ever having a bad year?

It seems to me that there's a general sense around this community that the farm system was over-hyped last off-season and has disappointed.  Let's take a quick look at RR's Top 10 and how they've moved their status as prospects with their performance so far this season.

1. Wil Myers-C/OF -- Hasn't played much, but no long-term injuries.  Unchanged.

2. Eric Hosmer-1B -- Went from great AA prospect to very good MLB player almost instantly.  Big upgrade.

3. Mike Moustakas-3B -- Started slow, but numbers up to .280/.350./.500.  Good player playing well.  Unchanged.

4. Mike Montgomery-LHP  -- Has had control problems, but reports are that he still projects well.  Downgrade.

5. John Lamb--LHP -- Tommy John.  Downgrade.

6. Chris Dwyer--LHP  -- Can't throw strikes or get outs.  Still throws hard but has history of control problems.  Big downgrade.

7. Dan Duffy-LHP -- Lights out in AAA and throwing 95 MPH in Big Leagues.  Big upgrade.

8. Jake Odorizzi-RHP -- Terror of the Midwest League with 12.73 K/9 against 2.31 BB/9.  Upgrade.

9. Christian Colon-SS/2B -- Can't hit.  Big downgrade.

10. Aaron Crow-RHP  -- Went from unable to get minor league hitters out to Major League closer with sub-2.00 ERA.  Future as a starter in doubt, whether as a starter or reliever, his future seems brighter by far than it did a last fall.  Big upgrade.

So that's 3 big upgrades, 1 upgrade, 2 unchanged, 2 downgrades, and 2 big downgrades.  Of the Top 10, 4 have done better than I'd expected, 4 have look worse, and 2 haven't moved much.   Against (my) expectations, this year has actually been pretty fair.  But there are more than 10 prospects worth discussing, and I expect many will disagree with my characterizations above.  Discuss!

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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