2018 Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects

Royals Top 10 Prospects
1. Nick Pratto, 1B
2. Khalil Lee, OF
3. Seuly Matias, OF
4. Josh Staumont, RHP
5. Eric Skoglund, LHP
6. M.J. Melendez, C
7. Nicky Lopez, SS/2B
8. Hunter Dozier, 3B/OF
9. Foster Griffin, LHP
10. Scott Blewett, RHP

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For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: OF Jorge Bonifacio (9).

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SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: The top three prospects in this system--Nick Pratto, Khalil Lee and Seuly Matias--all have the potential to be impact bats in a few years. They're all many years away, but provide tantalizing glimpses of hope for a strong future in Kansas City.

Weaknesses: The top arms in this system, Eric Skoglund and Josh Staumont, have struggled with their command. Staumont in particular took a step back, walking nearly 8 batters per nine innings in 2017. They've also had a very rough run in the draft, with their top picks from 2011 through 2016 struggling with either performance or injuries. Two of those picks--lefty Brandon Finnegan and righty A.J. Puckett--have already been traded. Their top pick in 2015, righty Ashe Russell, has taken a leave of absence from baseball after early struggles in his pro career.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Emmanuel Rivera.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Chase Vallot.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Nicky Lopez.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Terrance Gore.
🔸Best Athlete: Khalil Lee.
🔸Best Fastball: Josh Staumont.
🔸Best Curveball: Josh Staumont.
🔸Best Slider: Richard Lovelady.
🔸Best Changeup: Foster Griffin.
🔸Best Control: Jace Vines.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Cam Gallagher.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Nicky Lopez.
🔸Best INF Arm: Emmanuel Rivera.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Bubba Starling.
🔸Best OF Arm: Seuly Matias.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Salvador Perez (31)
🔸1B Nick Pratto (22)
🔸2B Nicky Lopez (26)
🔸3B Cheslor Cuthbert (28)
🔸SS Raul A. Mondesi (25)
🔸LF Seuly Matias (22)
🔸CF Khalil Lee (23)
🔸RF Jorge Bonifacio (28)
🔸DH Hunter Dozier (28)
🔸SP Danny Duffy (32)
🔸SP Jake Junis (28)
🔸SP Josh Staumont (27)
🔸SP Eric Skoglund (28)
🔸SP Foster Griffin (25)
🔸CL Kelvin Herrera (31)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: SS Mike Moustakas (Royals) | WAR: 11.4
🔸2009: 3B Mike Moustakas (Royals) | WAR: **
🔸2010: LHP Mike Montgomery (Cubs) | WAR: 4.9
🔸2011: 1B Eric Hosmer (Royals) | WAR: 14.1
🔸2012: LHP Mike Montgomery (Cubs) | WAR: **
🔸2013: RHP Kyle Zimmer (Royals) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: RHP Kyle Zimmer (Royals) | WAR: N/A
🔸2015: SS Raul A. Mondesi (Royals) | WAR: -1.1
🔸2016: SS Raul A. Mondesi (Royals) | WAR: -1.1
🔸2017: RHP Josh Staumont (Royals) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 1B Eric Hosmer (Royals) | WAR: 14.1
🔸2009: RHP Aaron Crow (Did Not Play) | WAR: 2.4
🔸2010: SS Christian Colon (Marlins) | WAR: 1.8
🔸2011: OF Bubba Starling (Royals) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: RHP Kyle Zimmer (Royals) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: SS Hunter Dozier (Royals) | Top 10
🔸2014: LHP Brandon Finnegan (Reds) | WAR: 3.1
🔸2015: RHP Ashe Russell (Royals) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: RHP A.J. Puckett (White Sox) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: 1B Nick Pratto (Royals) | Top 10


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