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A quick update on the Royals 2013 Draftees

#1 - Hunter Dozier - Hitting .310 at Idaho Falls in the Rookie level Pioneer League. Started off the season slow, but has been very good the past two weeks while over his past 10 games, excluding today, he is hitting .342/.381/.526. The long ball hasn't been there as expected, but secondary power has been, and his gap power is on full display. Can't imagine him being long for Idaho Falls. There's not much of a point in a 22 year old dominating for months on end in Rookie League against guys 2-3 years younger than him. I'd imagine he possibly skip Low-A Lexington and go straight to A+ Wilmington, although the trio of Starling, Mondesi, and Dozier in Lexington would be fun to watch.

#2 - Sean Manaea - As most people know, Manaea will be out for the year due to hip surgery. It's unknown what the Royals expect to do with Manaea next season, but most would expect him to either report to instructs or extended spring training or go straight to probably Low-A Lexington. There was some very small talk of Manaea going to Wilmington, similar to Gausman/Wacha/Stroman/Cole/Hultzen/Bauer/Jungmann (all who went straight to A+ or higher or spent a brief time before the promotion), but I would expect him to debut in Idaho Falls for a very brief stint, then see either Low-A and High-A and hopefully AA in 2014.

#3 - Cody Reed - Rough start for the 20 year old so far in Rookie ball. 6.10 ERA with 5 K's to 10 BB's. Obviously walks have been the probably and he's given up about 1 hit every inning. Was roughed up hard one game against Ogden but excluding that outing he's pitched 7.1 IP with 1 ER 6H 3K 5BB. Will probably be worked slowly. Could see Lexington by years end, but more than likely will debut there next year.

#4 - Carter Hope - Hope has not been assigned as of yet. He lead his High School team to the State Finals which seems to be delaying his arrival to an affiliate. I'd imagine he's going to Rookie Ball, but also would not rule out the AZL League either.

#5 - Zane Evans - Has been very good in Idaho Falls. Elier Hernandez, Dozier, and Evans have made for a dynamic 2-3-4 for IDF every day. He is hitting .311/.370/.476 on the year. Has split some time between Catcher and DH so far on the year (9 games at C vs 3 at DH) and has been just okay defensively and allowed a lot of steals. He could make Low-A by the end of the year, but he could also finish the season in IDF as Lexington has Cam Gallagher as their everyday catcher.

#6 - Amalani Fukofuka - Really has struggled so far in AZL. Batting just .178/.245/.289 but is just 17 years old and has played 11 games. Strikeouts have been phenomenal with 19 in just 45 AB's compared against 4 walks. Has played in Centerfield all season and has yet to commit an error. I doubt he leaves AZL this year and may debut there next year or possibly Idaho Falls, but he won't turn 18 until September. He was a 3 sport athlete in High School, and a very good wide receiver, so he's very raw and will be a long term project.

#7 - Luke Farrell - Decent so far in his short debut in Idaho Falls. In 13.1 IP (including todays outing) his ERA stands at 5.02 with a 17/50 K/B. He was very sharp on July 1 going 6 innings and allowing 1 ER on 3 hits with 7 K's and no walks. At 22 years old, just turned 22 exactly a month ago, he'll most likely see Lexington at some point this year with aspirations for A+ and AA next year if the performance is there. After Manaea he's probably the most advanced 2013 draftee pitcher and could possibly be at a higher level at some point next year given his head start. He's more than likely a Top 20 Royals prospect for me and perhaps Top 15.

#8 - Kyle Bartsch - Has pitched solely in relief in Idaho Falls. His current line sits at 2.08 ERA in 5.1 IP with 8 K's to 3 walks giving up 5 hits. He was South Alabama's closer while there and while that may not be his future Royals role, or even Idaho Falls, he's a for sure reliever. As a 22 year old with good results in Rookie ball he's inevitably bound for Lexington or Wilmington soon.

#9 - Cody Stubbs - Has been hitting very well for IDF. He's hitting .326/.356/.581 on the year in 9 games with 2 home runs. He's struck out 10 times compared to just 1 walk, but that hasn't hurt his OBP or average much. Long term that probably isn't sustainable. He's played first base every day but has committed 2 errors in just 8 games. Results have been good for the 22 year old and he's bound for a higher level at some point, whether that be Lexington or Wilmington is the question. I'd guess Wilmington given his pedigree as he led UNC in hitting his senior year.

#10 - Daniel Rockett - Mixed start for the 22 year old. Hitting .265/.301/.471. He has 3 home runs in 16 games, but also 15 strike outs. He's played centerfield for most of his time in and has been below average at it. His bat has always been his biggest asset, and his power was the best tool. That's played well in Idaho so far. He's older for Rookie Ball so I think he'll make the jump to a higher level by years end regardless of good or average results, but may stay there if he really struggles.

Others of note:

Xavier Fernandez (11th rounder) - 17 year old hitting .471/.471/.471 (all singles with no walks or strikeouts) in AZL.

Andrew Brockett (22nd rounder) - 21 year old closer for IDF. 1.80 ERA in 5 IP with 3K's and 1 BB. Has 2 saves on the year, given up only 1 ER, and just 4 hits.

Kevin Kuntz (48th rounder) - Son of Rusty. 23 years old and struggling in Burlington. Hitting .143/.143/.143 while playing 2B. He was always just a legacy pick, but being 23 years old and struggling against guys who are 3 or 4 years younger than you solidifies that.

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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