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Royals Top 10

Moderator: Will Kimmey compiled the top 10 prospects list and will be here to field your questions about the organization at 3 p.m. ET.

 Q:  Pete from Florida asks:
Who if anyone could you compare Greinke too also what is his velocity?
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Will Kimmey: Everyone, thanks for stopping by and submitting questions. Please just remember the ground rules and ask questions about the Royals. The Mariners, Mets and Cubs are all interesting, but their chats are yet to come. On to the Royals...

Will Kimmey: Pete, I've heard a few Bret Saberhagen comparisons, but maybe that's because both guys wear that blue hat with a KC on it. Greinke is an interesting pitcher. He never focused on pitching until his senior year at Apopka (Fla.) HS. He hit 97 once, but pitches between 91-93. For such a young and inexperienced guy, Greinke is really polished and can throw 4 pitches for strikes.

 Q:  Rupert from Arcadia,CA. asks:
Dear Will, How do you view Ian Ferguson's future? Is he on the Royals radar for this year's big league club? Thanks.
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Will Kimmey: Ferguson is the classic minor league control pitcher, who uses pinpoint command to succeed in the lower levels but just has to keep proving himself as he moves up the ladder. His fastball rarely tops 90 mph, but it has nice sink. He really focused more on pitching hitters inside in 2002, and enjoyed tremendous success because of it. His curveball is his only plus pitch. He and Wes Obermueller noth figure to be in the mix for the end of the rotation and a long relief role in KC this year, but one or both will likely end up in Triple-A.

 Q:  Aaron MacCormack from Thorold, Ontario, Canada asks:
Do you think Jimmy Gobble has any shot to stick with the Royals out of Spring Training? and if so what major league pitcher does Gobble remind you of? Thanks!
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Will Kimmey: The Royals used to compare Gobble to Chris George, but now hope Gobble will turn out better. If he stays healthy, he's got stud written all over him. A groin tear and shoulder soreness cost him parts of the 2002 season, and probably a chance at making the big club out of spring training. He'll be in Triple-A.

 Q:  Ryan Baker from Cleveland, OH asks:
How can Angel Berroa still rank as the #2 prospect? Although he was hurt, he had an AWFUL 2002 season, +2 years in AgeGate, and plate discipline just a smidge better than Neifi Perez. Did the injuries really hurt his performance that much, or is the KC system that suspect that as bad as he was, he's still the best they have to offer?
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Will Kimmey: Decent amount of Berroa questions, this one will serve you all. Plenty of good points here, Ryan. The Royals felt that after returning from injury, Berroa pressed to live up to his billing and to make up for his missed time, which drove him further down the spiral. Also, he got a little too pull-conscious rather than settling for base hits. The organization feels he can put it back together this year, where he'll be 'the guy' at ss after Berroa's friend Neifi Perez was released. His defense is fine and he should hit a little. 250 with 10-15 might be a nice guess for Berroa in 2003. And yes, the organization's overall state has something to do with his not leaving the top 10.

 Q:  Ryan Baker from Cleveland, OH asks:
Will, What is your opinion of Ryan Buckvich? He only logged 25 IP for KC, so he should still qualify, no? All last year he and Jeremy Hill were mentioned as co-"closer-of-the-future" kind of guys. Has his star faded due to his lack of control?
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Will Kimmey: Bukvich qualifies, and checks in at No. 11, just behind the other two relief prospects. He has a nice fastball, but lacks a viable and reliable second pitch with which to retire major league hitters. His control also hurt him in KC, where he failed to deliver first-pitch strikes, threw meatballs and got hammered. I rate him third in the closer of the future race, with MacDougal and his 100 mph cheddar in Puerto Rico the fave.

 Q:  sam thomas from chapel hill, nc asks:
what is the future for jd alleva? and has he adapted to catching?
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Will Kimmey: He committed just one error behind the plate in 44 games at Burlington, but hit less than 230. The former Dookie doesn't have a family member in the Royals organization to further his career.

 Q:  Albert from New York asks:
What's the latest on Roscoe Cosby? Has he decided to stick with one sport yet? What's his injury status? Thanks.
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Will Kimmey: He's rehabbing from the Tommy John surgery he had over the summer and won't be back in baseball until maybe next summer. For a guy who was way raw when he was drafted, Crosby hasn't gained any polish by not playing in a game since spring of 2000. Even if he focused solely on baseball at this point, he'd take a while to develop as he really needs 500 ABs a year for at least three seasons before heading to KC. These questions, and his continued desire to play football for Clemson really helped knock him down the list this year after last year's top 10 debut.

 Q:  Darren from Eugene, OR asks:
Are the Royals really as thin through their system as I keep hearing? I would agree that they very few positional prospects, but they seem to have a good amount of pitching at most levels.
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Will Kimmey: They've come a long way since last year's list. This year, the top seven or eight guys are quite legit, and then rest of the 30 are all prospects. Last year there was a smattering of 29 and 30-year-olds in the upper levels that had to be on there because there was nothing else. The biggest problem in the system seems to be the lack of position players, as you noted, and a lack of big time impact guys. Plus, even most of their top 10 guys each have some type of question mark, be it Greinke's complete inexperience or Harvey's lack of a defensive position. The pitchers are nice, but outside of Greinke, Gobble and maybe Snyder, there aren't many guys who look like front of the rotation material. The pitching strength is clearly among bullpen arms, which can really be had cheaply from the indy leagues. Ben Weber and Brendan Donnelly come to mind.

 Q:  Ryan Baker from Cleveland, OH asks:
Now that KC selected DJ Carrasco in the Rule 5 draft, does he go into the bullpen mix with Hill, Buckvich, MacDougal, Austin et al? Will Grimsley close or be traded and let these guys sort it out among themselves as to who the closer is, if there is just one? Is the organizational plan to collect as many minor league closers as possible or what?
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Will Kimmey: It would make sense to move Grimsley as there's no need to pay him $2 million to do a job a cheaper player can do. Then again, maybe he's a veteran that can provide leadership to a collection of young arms in the pen. Not sure about the organizational plan for collecting bullpen arms, it just seems all the KC pitching prospects seem better suited for that role, which isn't a good thing. To me, Carrasco might not do much out there. He'll be 26 in April and has thrown just 20 innings above high A. And has been shelled the whole time. I like MacDougal to close, with Hill and Bukvich and Grimsley also getting shots.

 Q:  Joe from Seattle asks:
Any thoughts on David DeJesus, who performed quite well in the Carolina league as a 22-year-old and actually showed some knowledge of the strike zone? Are the Royals likely to punish him for daring to draw a walk or two?
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Will Kimmey: No, they actually like the kid. He plays hard, can play all 3 OF positions and looks like the perfect guy to become a 4th OFer in the majors. He hit well in the Fall League to solidify his position. Look for him in Omaha or Wichita next season

 Q:  Austin F. from Lamont,MO asks:
What could KC get if they decide to trade Carlos Beltran, and who might be interested?
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Will Kimmey: With Boras as an agent, you've got to put the Rangers in the sweepstakes, especially since Texas needs a CF. Obviously, the Royals sort of need help at every position or they wouldn't have lost 100 games. If they could pry Hank Blalock from Texas, which wont be easy, it go solidify that position for a while, especially since there's really no one else in the system outside of recently signed Jerrod Patterson to play 3b when Randa leaves.

 Q:  Ryan Baker from Cleveland, OH asks:
Assuming that Byrd doesn't sign and they non-tender Suppan, what do you see as the KC rotation? The candidates seem to be R. Hernandez, Obermuller, Sedlacek, Asencio, May, Snyder, Gobble, I. Ferguson, Durbin, Rekar and C. George? I don't see Gobble being ready and Durbin and George seem to have lost all control and as a result, lost confidence. Is it me, or does this look like the worst rotation in baseball, including the Brewers?
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Will Kimmey: Breaking news: The Braves have a 330 ET press conference to announce the signing of Paul Byrd.

Will Kimmey: So the rotation gets thinner by the minute. Now it might look something like Runelvys Hernandez, Jeremy Affedlt (if those blisters subside), Ascencio and a grab bag of the remanining guys. Not very intimidating to me, and no one with the potential of a Ben Sheets or Nick Neguebauer. Gotta hope Snyder and Gobble are ready by 2004 and that Obermuelller or Ferguson can eat innings in 03.

 Q:  Joe from Seattle asks:
Doesn't the quote by Art Stewart about pitch counts pretty much sum up how lousy this franchise is? Should anyone really believe that the Royals have any ability to develop Greinke, Griffin, or Gobble?
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Will Kimmey: It's tough to disagree with your statement. The Royals have had a good track record of developing arms recently. They used seven first round picks on pitchers from 97-99 and not one has estabished himself as a starter yet, though MacDougal, Snyder and Gobble have each been slowed by injuries. You've got to hope that Allard Baird and Muzzy Jackson have a plan for these new up and comers. I didn't think that sending Greinke to Puerto Rico seemed like a good idea, but he more than held his own there, being downright dominant at times. So let's not write these guys off yet.

 Q:  Bill from Encino, CA asks:
How many AB do you see Harvey getting this year? Is there a current major leaguer you could compare him to with regard to his projected productivity over the next few years?
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Will Kimmey: He should be the hands down choice for the DH role, grabbing 450-500 ABs. He's an adequate 1b, but won't push Sweeney away. Harvey can't move well enough to move to the OF either. He's almost like Garrett Anderson in that he doesn't walk much, but puts the ball in play a ton. He might not have as much power, but it could develop. It's realistic for Harvey to hit 280-20-70 and make a ROY push. He just mashed in the fall league.

 Q:  Aneudis Mateo from Boston asks:
The best pieces of Royals news have all been in the winter, with Grieinke and Ken Harvey's stellar performances, but Kyle Snyder's resurgence has kind of come in under the radar. I see you have him at No. 7, I presume mostly because of his injury history. Could this former Tar Heel be in Kansas City in 2004 if he stays healthy and has a strong year in '03?
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Will Kimmey: Your assumption is correct, Aneudis. He was back to 93-94 in the AFL and also commands a plus curve and change. Health is the biggest question. Snyder also needs to get used to competing. He's a bulldog, but hasn't had to focus on much more than reaching pitch counts during his rehab over the last few years. he could become a stalwart of the KC rotation by 04.

 Q:  Mick from Chicago asks:
I've read in B.A. at least a couple different times that G.M. Baird is scouting South Africa. Are any other organizations doing so? He seems to be high on the potential of this country. Do you agree; and do you have an idea of quality and quantity? Thanks.
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Will Kimmey: The Royals signed a pitched named barry armitage of of S.A. in 2000 and want to continue mining that fertile ground. With the population of the nation, and the atheltes that have come from the continent as a whole--in football, soccer and basketball--you'd have to view it as a new, untapped source of talent.

 Q:  Confused in Delaware from Wilmington, DE asks:
Hey Will. Thanks for taking the time. I have been a Blue Rock season ticket holder for the past 8 years, and have had the pleasure of seeing many of our former Blue Rocks make it to the big leagues. This past year's team, was one of the most talented group of guys that I have seen, and very excited to watch. But what I don't understand, is how the guys you mention as being "prospects" were some of our worst players (Colt Griffin- not a clue where the ball is going, Andres Blanco- completely overpowered, Alejandro Machado- 80% of hits were soft hit infield ground balls), while the guys who did carry our team (Ian Furgeson, Danny Tamayo, David DeJesus, Justin Gemoll, Darren Fenster, Norris Hopper, Tydus Meadows) received no mention at all. Now I understand that many of these lists come from the KC brass, but might the fact that they are putting their hopes in the wrong guys help explain their woes on the big league level? Thanks
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Will Kimmey: Neither Griffin and Blanco are even 20 yet, so high class a might be a bit fast for them. They were in a bit over their heads in playing against guys as many as five years their senior, but were promoted agressively because of the skills they showed at lower levels. If greinke heads there in 2003, as scheduled, the same fate could await him. Many of the guys you mentioned carrying the team also make the list, but a bit further down in the 10-20 range. Some of these players have moved a bit more slowly and had time to adjust to the level, something the 19-year-olds did not. Remember, ceiling and future skills pay into this. We all know about the classic AAAA players, so you have to be careful to determine why some guys are succeediing at certain levels and why others are failing. Some guys take longer to figure it out than others. Some never figure it out. And some have it figured out in Class A, but can keep up with the competition after promotions.

 Q:  Chuck from Kansas City asks:
What does the organization think of former high picks like Scott Walter, Mike Stodolka, Roscoe Crosby and Matt Ferrara? Busts, or do they still have the potential to be useful major leaguers?
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Will Kimmey: Most of those look pretty bad now. While Stodolka was admittedly a signability guy at No. 4 overall in 2000, he really never got it going after struggling through mono in his debut season. His mechanics are out of whack. Crosby has the most potential of the group, but has never played an inning for the Royals.

 Q:  Allard Baird from Last Place, MO asks:
Is Mike Stodolka still a prospect? How about Chris Tierney, a 19 year-old who had a good year in full-season A ball? Which player in the system, not in the Top 10, has the most upside?
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Will Kimmey: Like I just said, Stodolka's ship has likely sailed, but he'll have one last chance in Wilmington this year in a rotation featuring the org's last 3 top picks as Griffin and Greinke will join him. Tierney should also join that rotation. Though he lost 14 games in 02, the 6-foot-6 lefty increased his velocity last season, reaching 92 and he also improved his changeup, which now can be considered a plus pitch.

 Q:  Priest Holmes from KC asks:
Can you explain to me the firing of farm director Bob Hegeman this past summer?? Granted, the big league club has had its struggles, but our minor league affiliates had a banner year, with Wilmington and Wichita finishing in first, Burlington mada a playoff appearance, and Omaha finished 2nd, just a few games out of playoff contention. I cant imagine many other teams having such a successful minor league season, so his firing still has me scratching my head. Thanks.
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Will Kimmey: Priest, sorry about the injury, man. Looked like the one to Bo Jackson, a former Royal. You're going to cost somebody a fantasy football title this weekend. Back to Hegman, his firing seemed as much a cost cutting move as anything else. Muzzy Jackson assumed most of Hegman's duties after the move. Also, while the winning percentage in nice in the minors, almost any organization will tell you it's more about developing solid major leaguers than winning the Governor's Cup or whatever. That's an area the Royals were coming up short in. From what I read in Kansas City media, the firing seemed a tough fate for a nice guy who had spent many years with Royals, including time as a player.

 Q:  Dan Noffsinger from Harvard asks:
What's up, Will? Don't you think that considering the number of top 10 draft picks they've had lately, the Royals' system should be stronger than it is? Also, what are the Royals doing differently to try to develop these young pitchers and not let them fail like Chris George and so many others? Will they ever learn that high-school pitchers are not worth the risk?
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Will Kimmey: Couldn;t agree more. It seems an organization in need of talent, and fast might lean toward more safer picks. I really lik Greinke, but Colt Griffin and Roscoe Crosby were two of the biggest risks in the 2001 lottery and neither has lived up to the billing yet. When you have such a small margin for error, these types of risks don't seem as wise.

 Q:  Drew from California asks:
Mike Macdougall had a broken skull last year and just started regaining feeling in his throwing hand. What are your predictions for him? Will he start in the rotation in KC, one of its minor league clubs, or will they keep using him out of the bullpen?
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Will Kimmey: MacDougal is almost as puzzling as Berroa. He has ridiculous stuff, with so much movement on his 100 mph fastball that he can't always control it enough to get strikes. His slider rates as the org's best. But through it all, his control has gone backwards every year he's been a Royal. Maybe the move to the pen will be the cure, as he's been solid in PR. I think he'll win the closer's role, but he might struggle some and the job will ultimately be shared by he, Hill and Bukvich.

 Q:  Ryan Baker from Cleveland, OH asks:
Where does Mike Tonis rate in this organization? Given that only Brent Mayne and AJ Hinch are ahead of him, is there a chance that he, or another sleeper could break camp with the Royals this spring?
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Will Kimmey: He's solidly in the top 15. With only Brent Mayne and a laundry list of freaky injuries holding him back, Tonis could be the full-time guy by 2004 after making his debut sometime this year. Defensively, he can do the job now, but the bat needs some work. Rule 5 draftee Ronny Paulino could cloud this prediction a little, as he must me kept on the roster all year or be offered back to the Pirates. But Tonis is probably the best catcher in the org now, and here's another name to keep in your head: Matt Tupman, a 2002 draftee out of Umass Lowell.

 Q:  Herk from KC asks:
Beyond Andres Blanco, what other 1st-year players is the organization really talking up as prospects to watch?
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Will Kimmey: Ruben Gotay seems like the classic A's type player. Or maybe Mark Ellis, who the A's stole from KC in the Damon deal. Gotay isn't tooled up, but he can play a solid 2b and led the MWL in doubles. Danny Christensen, a lefty drafted out of a Brooklyn HS in 02, is also interesting. He's almost as polished a Greinke.

 Q:  john richards from wilmington, DE asks:
We had three pitchers here this year that I thought were very good and had excellent numbers: Ian Ferguson, Danny Tamayo and Dusty Wrightsman. I know these guys are not young for high A, and AA for Ferguson, but are they prospects at all, or just college guys that won't make it past AA?
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Will Kimmey: They're all of the same ilk, control guys with fringy stuff who will have to prove they can succeed at each level before getting promoted. Tools guys tend to get the benefit of the doubt at times. I'd say one of them makes the rotation eventually and 2 end up in the pen. Tamayo has the org's best change and Wrightsman really came on late at wilmington.

 Q:  Ryan Hunt from Mulberry, FL asks:
What kind of major league hitter (BA, 2b, HR) do you project Alexis Gomez to be, and when do you think he will make his debut?
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Will Kimmey: It's getting late, so I'm going quicker to answer as many as I can.

Will Kimmey: Carlos Beltran-lite. He's still raw and needs a full year at Triple-A.

 Q:  Charlie Finley from Kansas City asks:
When is BA going to start referring to the Red Sox, the Orioles, the Cardinals and the Mets (among others) as having the "one of the thinnest systems in baseball" like it's always said about the Royals. Outside of a couple impact prospects, there are several other organizations that have no depth at all.
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Will Kimmey: I think those other teams get theirs as well. I also feel it gets covered up more when the big club wins (Cards, Bosox, sometimes the Mets) and that teams with low talent levels in the minors really get ripped when they can't win at the major league level and seemingly have little help on the way.

 Q:  John M. Perkins from Macon, GA asks:
Were would Ron Paulino fit in the Royals top 30?
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Will Kimmey: Probably somewhere between 16-22. Has some power potential and is decent defensively.

 Q:  Scott Dyer from Algonquin, IL asks:
What's up with Miguel Asencio, and how does he rank as a prospect?
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Will Kimmey: A nice rule 5 pick last year, Ascencio doesn't fit on the list because he spent all of last year in the majors. If he can harness his control, he should be in the KC rotation for a while.

 Q:  Tablejumper from Waukesha, WI asks:
Whatever happened to Chris George? One minute he's the next Steve Carlton, the next he's topping out in the mid-80s in AA? Also, I'd like your opinion in general on the Royals ability to turn pitching prospects into quality major-leaguers. One has to be pretty disappointed with George, Dan Reichert, and others. Also, we may soon add Colt Griffin to that list.
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Will Kimmey: He, like Jeff Austin, might have been a bit overhyped. The Royals aren't giving up on him, but his future might end up being as a long reliever if he's not forced into the rotation in 03 because of a lack of arms. he's not on this list because he's no longer rookie eligible.

 Q:  John from Baltimore asks:
Everyone still seems to think highly of Angel Berroa. Given the current crop of major league shortstops that seems to mean inevitable comparisons to A-Rod, Nomar, Tejada and Jeter which seems lofty. But what is Berroa's comp? Is it Vizquel? Or Rey Ordonez? Or someone else?
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Will Kimmey: Berroa might have been a bit overhyped when he led all minor league ss in extra base hits in 2001. he came back to earth thanks to some injuries, and looks to be a solid major league shortstop, but nowhere near the Al's top four. He should be better than Ordonez though as he has some pop at the plate and could hit 15-25 HRs annually.

 Q:  Rick from Holbrook asks:
Where does the Royals minor league system rank, compared to other organizations? Looking at the list, it seems to be pretty weak.
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Will Kimmey: Near the bottom. Lacks impact players.

 Q:  rick from kc asks:
how quickly will the current propects have on making an impact at the major league level to improve a worthless franchise????
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Will Kimmey: Most of the pitchers, aside from Greinke, seem to be a year away and outside of Tonis, Harvey and Gomez, it will be two or three years before another position player comes along.

 Q:  Matty from KC asks:
What's your opinion of the two guys the Royals picked up in the Rule 5 Draft?
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Will Kimmey: Paulino should stick as a backup C. Carrasco dominated high A at 25. Dont like him as much.

 Q:  Jonathan from Houston asks:
How is Colt Griffin progressing? Will he live up to the hype of his arm?
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Will Kimmey: I say no. He's cut his fastball's velcity from the mid to upper 90s down to 93 so he can control the pitch. He still has trouble doing that and walks a ton of guys. Despite his potientially wicked stuff, Colt doesn't rack up as many K's as you'd like.

 Q:  Ryan Baker from Cleveland, OH asks:
Will, Assuming Carlos Febles is non-tendered, who will move into the 2B hole? Is there a prospect fit for the job, or will it be a Luis Alicea type? Whoever it is, would a cardboard cutout of Frank White do just as well?
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Will Kimmey: There's no one really ready yet, The best candidates, Alejandro machado and Ruben Gotay will be in double-A and high A, respectively, this year. The cardboard cut out just makes me laugh.

 Q:  Jersey Devil from NJ asks:
What are the prospets for the three Jersey guys in the Royal farm system- Dejesus, Fenster, and Fallon??
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Will Kimmey: I like them in that order, with Dejesus probably the only one who will play in the majors.

 Q:  Eric from Kansas City asks:
Will, do you see Mike Tonis as an everyday cather for the Royals in 2004 or is he still a fringe prospect?
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Will Kimmey: He's better than anyone else the Royals have and should be the guy by 04

 Q:  Muzzy Jackson from Kauffman Stadium asks:
How about a prediction? Three years from now, is Colt Griffin more likely to be working on his control in high A or double A, or starting in the majors?
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Will Kimmey: None of the above. In the KC bullpen.

 Q:  Ryan Baker from Cleveland, OH asks:
Who do you see filling the LF spot in KC in 2003? Will it be Dee Brown, Alexis Gomez, Mark Quinn, or will they still hold onto Michael Tucker and Donzell McDonald? Please tell me the Knoblach experiment is over.
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Will Kimmey: It obviously makes more sense for the Royals to play younger guys to see what they've got. 400 Abs out of Tucker and Knoblauch aren't the answer. Maybe this is the year Quinn and Brown get their last shots, then make way for Gomez and DeJesus to get a shot in 04

 Q:  matt trusty from jackson, ms asks:
Is there a skinnier catching prospect in the country than Adam Donachie? how has he progressed since last June?
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Will Kimmey: He's actually added 20 pounds since being drafted and has the body to be solid behind the plate and show some power. he was hurt by splitting time in the GCL and couldn't develop a rhythm at the plate.

 Q:  Darren from Eugene, OR asks:
So what draft picks do the Royals get for Byrd? The Braves 1st round or a supplemental 1st round? I'm looking for some silver lining. Perhaps the Royals should go after Ismael Valdes.
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Will Kimmey: Byrd was offered compensation. As a type B free agent, Byrd's defection gives the Royals the Braves' 1st round pick in 03--No. 30 overall.

 Q:  Richie from Gladstone, MO asks:
Is there any chance for the Royals organization until Baird is replaced by Paul DePodesta?
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Will Kimmey: This could be a tell tale year for Baird. If the team can't show some signs of life, he could get the ax. It wouldn't necessarily be fair given the situation he's had to work with.

 Q:  Eric from Kansas City asks:
The Royals have had a hole at third since Brett retired. Are there any 3B prospects that could become major league regulars? It seems like Justin Gemoll might be the best there is, but he has progressed slowly for a guy out of college.
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Will Kimmey: Gemoll might not be the guy, the organization really isn't too high on him. I thought Phillies third base prospect Travis Chapman, who nearly hit .300 in Double-A last year, would have been an interesting Rule 5 pick for the Royals, and he was available when they chose Carrasco at No. 6. Third base is by far the organization's weakest position, and I look for Jerrod Patterson to play there when Randa's dealt, if they dont get a replacement in the deal. Maybe Gotay moves to third at some point.

Will Kimmey: That's all the time we've got today. Thanks for the questions. Josh Boyd will be here to answer Twins questions on Thursday.

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