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2022 Kansas City Royals Top MLB Prospects

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Kansas City compiled its fifth consecutive losing season, going 74-88 and finishing fourth in the AL Central, but it’s the advances made in the minor leagues that provide a more optimistic view of the future. Bobby Witt Jr. won Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year, and the Royals' new hitting development strategy yielded impressive returns on a number of players.

Today, we unveil the 10 best prospects in Kansas City's system as it enters 2022.

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Here's how we project their lineup in 2025, with their 2025 ages in parentheses.

PROJECTED 2025 LINEUP

Catcher: M.J. Melendez (26)
First Base: Nick Pratto (26)
Second Base: Nick Loftin (26)
Third Base: Bobby Witt Jr. (25)
Shortstop: Nicky Lopez (30)
Left Field: Andrew Benintendi (30)
Center Field: Michael A. Taylor (34)
Right Field: Kyle Isbel (28)
Designated Hitter: Salvador Perez (35)

No. 1 Starter: Daniel Lynch (28)
No. 2 Starter: Asa Lacy (26)
No. 3 Starter: Brady Singer (28)
No. 4 Starter: Kris Bubic (27)
No. 5 Starter: Jackson Kowar (28)
Closer: Carlos Hernandez (28)

Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Kansas City's Top 10, click here.

BEST TOOLS

Best Hitter for Average: Vinnie Pasquantino
Best Power Hitter: M.J. Melendez
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Nick Loftin
Fastest Baserunner: Tyler Tolbert
Best Athlete: Bobby Witt Jr.
Best Fastball: Will Klein
Best Curveball: Frank Mozzicato
Best Slider: Asa Lacy
Best Changeup: Jackson Kowar
Best Control: Angel Zerpa
Best Defensive Catcher: Sebastian Rivero
Best Defensive Infielder: Nick Pratto
Best Infield Arm: Maikel Garcia
Best Defensive Outfielder: Kyle Isbel
Best Outfield Arm: Seuly Matias

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Here Are 15 Players Who Just Missed The Top 100

We also included all 103 players who received at least one vote in the Top 100 process but did not make the list.

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