Kansas City Royals Top 30
By Bill Mitchell
2019 was a decidedly mixed bag for the Royals farm system.
Kansas City ended 2019 ranked 19th in baseball, its highest position since 2015, following the addition of Bobby Witt Jr. and progress from several key arms in the lower levels of the minors. But several bats in the system failed to live up to preseason expectations, setting the stage for a pivotal 2020 season.
Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.
Catcher: Salvador Perez (33)
First Base: Nick Pratto (24)
Second Base: Adalberto Mondesi (27)
Third Base: Hunter Dozier (31)
Shortstop: Bobby Witt Jr. (23)
Left Field: Whit Merrifield (34)
Center Field: Kyle Isbel (26)
Right Field: Erick Pena (20)
Designated Hitter: Jorge Soler (31)
No. 1 Starter: Daniel Lynch (26)
No. 2 Starter: Jackson Kowar (26)
No. 3 Starter: Brady Singer (26)
No. 4 Starter: Brad Keller (27)
No. 5 Starter: Kris Bubic (25)
Closer: Josh Staumont (29)
Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Kansas City's Top 10, click here.
Best Hitter for Average: Kyle Isbel
Best Power Hitter: Seuly Matias
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Clay Dungan
Fastest Baserunner: Nick Heath
Best Athlete: Bobby Witt Jr.
Best Fastball: Daniel Lynch
Best Curveball: Austin Cox
Best Slider: Brady Singer
Best Changeup: Jackson Kowar
Best Control: Jonathan Bowlan
Best Defensive Catcher: M.J. Melendez
Best Defensive Infielder: Bobby Witt Jr.
Best Infield Arm: Kelvin Gutierrez
Best Defensive Outfielder: Khalil Lee
Best Outfield Arm: Seuly Matias
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