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FanGraphs Top 50 AL Prospects


Keep in mind it's just the AL when you're reading it. No Royals in Top 10: Montgomery #15 Moustakas #22 Hosmer #25 Duffy #50 not sure whether I missed anyone

Hosmer: "What a monster"


Goldstein over at BP has a short blurb--a quote from a scout who called Hosmer a monster--the scout like Moose but says Hosmer is better. I've been torn about how to rank these two guys all winter but more and more I'm seeing Hosmer as the better talent.

AL Central Farm System Values


Part of an interesting series over at Beyond the Box Score. I don't know much about this stuff, but it's worth checking out. He calls the Royals' system "underrated." Beware, the author doesn't say that the Royals have 2-3 aces in the making or compare Little Guido to Chase Utley, so he might be another just another jerk who is totally biased against KC and doesn't know what he's talking about.

Keith Law: Top 100 Prospects

17. Eric Hosmer Hosmer had just gotten his feet wet in pro ball after signing late last summer when the Pirates decided to drag him into their argument with Scott Boras and Pedro Alvarez, costing him a handful of at bats at the end of the Pioneer League's season; fortunately, he's talented enough to overcome the loss of a little development time. Hosmer was the top high school bat in the 2008 Rule 4 draft; he has quick wrists and shows big raw power, especially on any pitch that allows him to get his arms extended. Like a lot of left-handed power hitters, he doesn't like the ball in on his hands, but the hole is small and he can make a pitcher pay for a mistake that catches a little too much plate. Hosmer was also a decent pitching prospect in high school, touching 94 mph, so he has the arm to play right field and is probably enough of an athlete to handle it as well; at worst, he's a plus defender at first. He should be in the middle of Kansas City's lineup in three or four years. 44. Mike Moustakas Moustakas had an odd year, to say the least: He spent the first half of the season as an awful defensive shortstop who couldn't hit a lick (but was young for his league), and the second half as an offensive machine who was sort of passable at third base. Moustakas has a great swing, a smooth left-hander's stroke with good plate coverage and hard line-drive contact. He has intermittent power; his swing doesn't have great loft, and he needs to get his arms extended to really drive the ball, but it is in there when he gets the opportunity to use it. Physically, Moustakas offers no projection; he's 6-0, around 200 pounds or slightly more, and already thickset, with below-average speed. He was never going to stay at short, and he may not stay at third, where he was improved but still has a lot of work to do on reading balls and improving reaction times. It has been said before, by me and others, that Moustakas should be behind the plate. He has a 65-70 arm, has a catcher's body, and caught a little bit in high school. The Royals have no catching prospects of note, and any questions about Moustakas' power become irrelevant if he's catching, because his bat will be plus back there at 15 homers a year or 30. As a catcher, he'd be top 20-25 overall.

Keith Law Ranks Royals Minor League System 12th


12. Kansas City Royals: Another improved system, boosted by an outstanding 2008 draft led by Eric Hosmer, lefty Mike Montgomery and sleeper Tim Melville, a projected first-rounder who fell after a mediocre spring. The Royals have good pitching depth but are a little light on impact talent after Hosmer.

Zack's done


Your season finale starter: Brandon Duckworth. Knowledgeable Twins fans breathe easier. The end of Deadlinegate is also chronicled in the Royals Notebook. Go tear up that Instructional League, Eric!

Hardball Times: Breaking Down Eric Hosmer

Hosmer has legit power, but he is going to have to hone his swing before he can handle higher levels of competition. Along with a tendency to have some length in his swing, he can get a little too handsy, meaning that his hands get out in front of hip rotation (producing "extension") when they should be turning together. It doesn't look to me like he is trying to extend; he is just a little too eager to get out in front. Perhaps he could adjust his hand placement and bat angle to create a swing path that will make it easier to keep his hands back. If Hosmer can make the necessary adjustments (an easier task given his overall athleticism), fill out his frame as expected, and display what most scouting reports say is an excellent approach at the plate, the Royals might just have a star on their hands.

Goldstein on the KC Draft


Kansas City Royals Draft Philosophy: Take the best offensive ceiling player in the draft, and follow that up with high-ceiling pitcher after high-ceiling pitcher. First Pick: Eric Hosmer, 1B, American Heritage HS (FL) (third overall) How High He Could Have Gone: Three is about it. Kansas City can easily argue that he was the third best talent in the draft, but at no time did he seem to be in Tampa or Pittsburgh’s mix. Path To The Big Leagues: Forget about a comparison to Billy Butler--he’s a DH, while Hosmer has the athleticism to become a quality defender at first base, and may even get a shot at the outfield. No matter where he ends up, Hosmer's bat is his ticket to the big leagues, but a Butler-esque rush to the majors is probably not in the cards. Rest of the First Day: 1. Mike Montgomery, LHP, Hart HS (CA): A tall, thin southpaw who already has effective three-pitch mix, and could move up quickly. 2. Johnny Giovatella, 2B, New Orleans: This diminuitive middle infielder has always put up good numbers and has more baseball skills than his size might indicate. 3. Tyler Sample, RHP, Mullen HS (CO): Plenty of people are wondering how he dropped to the third round; 6'7" righties who can touch 95 mph don’t exactly grow on trees. 4. Tim Melville, RHP, Holt HS (MO): Thought to be a mid-first-round talent, the challenge now lies in signing him away from college. 5. John Lamb, LHP, Laguna Hills HS (CA): The southpaw has average stuff, but the polish and feel of a college product. 6. Alex Llanos, OF, PR Baseball Academy (PR): A burner still learning how to play baseball, but he has lots of tools as a starting point.

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