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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.

Kevin Goldstein on Giavotella, Moustakas and Kaaihue

BL (Bozeman, MT): You've seen Johnny Giovatella (Burlington) play, I think characterized him as having a low ceiling but a great approach. Can he move quickly, and can he be a second base solution for KC? Kevin Goldstein: Yes and yes. Not a star, but solid. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Base (Burque): Is this the type of season Royals' fans should expect from Moustakas? Medium-well avg w/ well-done power numbers? ( why don't scouts use steak temperatures as adjectives? Seems natural) Kevin Goldstein: No. He's better than the whole of his season. He really took a while to get going, and that's totally understandable. I think he's a monster and that the .321/.392/.557 line he put up after the all-star break is more indicative of his true talent. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trey Hillman (KC): Should I say "screw Shealy and Gload" and just play Kila full time here on out? Kevin Goldstein: I think you should. He's the guy with a chance at filling that spot next year, so let's see what you got.

Minor League Numbers from 8/16

Kila Hit Homer #8, doubled and walked in a 2 for 4 loss to Oklahoma. Burlington Bee's won; Johnny G went 3 for 3 w/ 2 doubles and a walk, Jason Taylor (An interesting prospect) went 3 for 4 with a Homer and double and 3 RBI's, and Clinton Robinson hit 2 Home Runs. Moustakes went 0 for 4 :\

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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