Kansas City Royals Farm System Report

Kansas City Royals Farm System

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Kansas City Royals Farm System Reports 2015

The Royals Farm System has developed into one of the top farm systems within the last 7-9 years. Developing players who graduate to the bigs is recipe they used to march into the World Series last year. The fast ascend to the big leagues for their 2014 first round pick Brandon Finnegan was epic as he was the first player to play in the College World Series and the MLB World Series the same year. Fellow 2014 first round pick Foster Griffin is a lefty drafted out of First Academy, Orlando, FL. Griffin is a an efficient pitcher who is a typical left. His fastball sits between 88-92 and he compliments it with a curve and changup. Both his breaking pitches have room to improve but offer above-average potential. Righty Kyle Zimmer was originally a third baseman before making the move to the mound at University of San Francisco. He has all the makings of a 1-2 starter. His fastball-curve are truly impressive and leaves hitters dumbfounded.

Lefty Sean Manaea recovered from a torn labrum (hip injury) and pitched a solid full season in HIGH-A Wilmington in 2014. Despite the questions about his physical stability, he pitched extremely well. Royals brass put his innings limit at 150 and he ended up at 121.1 in 2014. Manaea sits around 92-94 MPH fastball and a slider that’s a work in progress. In a 6’5″ 235LBS, Manaea has the toughness and the grit to be a solid #3 starter in the bigs. Manaea ranks as one of the top left handed pitching prospects in the game. (Full List of top left handed pitching prospects HERE)

Miguel Almonte is a strike throwing machine that challenges hitters with his 93-94 fastball. He does not walk a lot of batters but does give up his fair share of homers. Shortstop Raul Mondesi is a very athletic infielder with quick and soft hands and smooth stroke. He projects to be a top-of-the-order bat within the next few years. His speed plays well and he has true baseball instincts.