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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.


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 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

Bobby Witt Jr. (Photo By Kyle Rivas Getty Images)

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