It’s been a long time since I’ve written here. But it’s time to bring some lift back to the page. I realize some people are releasing prospect lists and I’ve done some work on my own.
Royals Top 35 Prospects are here.
I put Zimmer first because he is the best potential we have on the mound. And we have some high potential players. To me, when I watched him pitch the last two years in person, he was the best pitching prospect I have ever seen in the Texas League. Maybe in all of MiLB. Now granted, I haven’t been watching the game that long. I’ve been going to MiLB baseball for about 8 years now.
I went Mondesi second because he is a position guy, he has a lot of potential with speed and defense, he has power, and I think as he matures he will fill out and be a 5 tool player at a premium position.
I put Manaea third because I think he is the next best pitcher. I have not gotten to watch him live but I can’t wait to see him this spring and summer at AA.
I put Almonte ahead of Finnegan because I think he has a higher long term value. Finnegan is a great pitcher and I think he’ll have a great career, but Almonte has been rumored to be ahead of where Ventura was at the same point. This could be splitting hairs. I feel Almonte’s curve will get better and he already has a great change. Finnegan’s curve is ahead of Almonte’s, Almonte’s change is ahead of Finnegan’s.
I put Dozier sixth because I just wasn’t impressed with him at AA last year offensively. He has decent numbers and everyone projects him to be very good. He has the power but I think he tried to hard at AA last year. If he gets into that pull happy approach that Ned brought in after he was sick of Seitzer’s top ranked offense, he will struggle with better pitchers at higher levels. If he uses the whole field and drives the ball when he gets the chance instead of trying to create on every pitch, he will be a solid player. You see this approach in the Royals young players. Hosmer, Moustakas, Escobar for a year. And each had limited success.
I put Griffin seventh because of potential and current ability. I have not seen him throw in a game although I watched him throw a side session in Burlington last year. He has a lot of natural ability and a smooth release. With his size, he could end up ahead of a few of these guys in two to three years.
I put Binford eighth because I think he is a younger version of Chris Young or Doug Fister. He has great downhill action with jump on the four seam. This creates a lot of bad swings and groundballs. He does not walk people and creates a lot of weak contact. And he gets strikeouts with the curve. I saw him last year and he was very good. He has a great release with great extension which shortens the distance to the mound. This helps the ball get on hitters quickly and they are surprised by it.
I put Blewett ninth because of potential and current ability. I watched him throw a side in Burlington last year as well. I was also impressed by his ability and release. He did not have quite the results in his outings that you would expect but he played in New York and needs to learn more of the game. He will learn the art of pitching and be fine.
I put Flynn tenth because I felt he slotted in there very well. You have a decent idea of what he is and can do and he can definitely help a major league team.
Vallot was eleventh because he was just an average catcher but had good power. He may not ever hit for a high average but if he can pop 20 home runs a year he will have a lot of value. I worry if he stays behind the plate long term. But he is a great kid who works hard and has a good approach.
I feel like Ryan O’Hearn and Ali Williams should be ranked higher than I placed them. I hope to get a better feel for them as I put more time into this site going forward.
As I get a chance to hear things and see things I’ll post them if possible. This site is mostly about the Royals but I will post opponents players scouting as well.