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Five Royals Make Kevin Goldstein's Top 101 List

Baseball Prospectus's Kevin Goldstein has released his Top 101 List. Royals fans will see some familiar slottings, as well as one surprise.Goldstein will be chatting at the BP website this...

Kevin Goldstein Hates the Royals and Is Stupid

Baseball Prospectus (subscription may be required) ranks the Royals minor league system No. 16, only one ahead of the no-talent Seattle Mariners.

First baseman Kila Ka'aihue went from organizational soldier to one of the top sluggers in the...

First baseman Kila Ka'aihue went from organizational soldier to one of the top sluggers in the minors with a .314/.439/.640 season split between Double-A and Triple-A that included 37 home runs and a minor league-leading 104 walks. With just 67 strikeouts, he has that rare combination of power and contact skills that often leads to big-league success. Runner-up: Joe Dickerson lacks the power or patience to project as a big-league regular, but his .297/.376/.442 line at High-A Wilmington with 24 stolen bases showed enough to earn some projections as a fourth outfielder type from scouts.

From Kevin Goldstein's article "AL Great Leaps Forward" at BP on the prospect from each AL team who has improved the most this season.

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.
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