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Royals 2012 Top 15 Prospects & Discussion


Jeff Reese and I took a look at the Royals system over at Bullpen Banter. Still looking great despite the graduations, injuries and some sideways seasons.

Royals Review Prospect Pulse: July


A look at how Royals Prospects performed in the month of June.

Sunday Morning Royals Links: Sample, Arguelles, Osuna, and Disengaged Germany


Royals: KoK Prospect #15: Tyler Sample | Kings of Kauffman | A Kansas City Royals Blog Royal Revival: Top Prospects #7.5: Noel Arguelles 14 for 77: Prospect Make or Break Time Royals...

Royals Top 30 Prospects: #18-13


We now cover prospects #18-13.  Some of these players (Herrera, Fortuna, and Sample for example) are in about they same place I would have ranked them last year--or perhaps they even dropped a...

Tyler Sample: 2008 3rd Rounder


Tyler Sample is quietly having a very productive season compared to last season's 0-5 record with a 9.00 ERA. This year, he's 4-3 with a 3.13 ERA over 54.1 innings between Rookie-Arizona and the Burlington NC Royals. Opponents are hitting .203 and he has a solid 2:1 K:BB ratio averaging just under a K/IP.

2008 Royals Draft Review


It's been a year since the Royals spent a record amount on the 2008 draft. Are the Royals getting their money's worth?


Top pitching picks update

Second round pick Michael Montgomery has pitched well this summer in Arizona. He's 2-1 with a 1.76 ERA, 24 ks to 7 bbs in 30.2 innings. Tyler Sample has struggled with control 24 walks in 19...

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.

Royals Draft Followup


Here are the guys taken so far (thanks to the handy official website for this one): (3) Eric Hosmer - 1B (36) Michael Montgomery- LHP (49) Johnny Giavotella- 2B (80) Tyler Sample- RHP (...

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