Friday, September 09, 2005

Farm System: Year in Review Part III

I can't believe I found more than 20 prospects in the Royals farm system, but I did. Here's the last 10 and a few sleepers.

21. Brian McFall 21/OF: McFall is very athletic and has shown good power and speed over the past couple of years. McFall hit 14 HRs and stole 17 bases in 20 attempts. He struck out at almost one-third of his plate appearances, so that will have to improve. His numbers should improve considerably at High Desert.

Low A 364 ABs .234/.319/.401

22. Matt Campbell 22/SP: Campbell's had an injury-filled pro career thus far. Campbell has a good curveball that's tough on lefties. So, he could end up as a setup man if he can stay healthy.

Low A 1-5 4.66 ERA 63.2 IP 74 Hs 37 BBs 48 Ks

23. Joseph Dickerson 18/OF: Dickerson was quickly tabbed a signability pick, which he may very well have been. But, it has worked out. Dickerson put up solid number in the Arizona Rookie League and will likely move up to Idaho Falls next season.

AZL 214 ABs .294/.371/.491 12 2Bs 9 3Bs 4 HRs 40 RBIs

24. Mario Lisson 21/IF: Lisson had a pretty good season at Burlington before getting injured. Lisson showed good on-base skills and excellent speed. He's a solid sleeper.

Low A 260 ABs .250/.386/.408 15 2Bs 6 HRs 36 RBIs 23 SBs

25. Rayner Oliveros 19/SP: Oliveros had a very good debut this year. He had an outstanding K/BB ratio of almost 10.

AZL 7-1 2.39 ERA 75.1 IP 5 BBs 48 SOs

26. Devon Lowery 22/SP: Lowery really struggled at Wichita to begin the season. But, he recovered from an injury and pitched well at High Desert. Lowery has a good sinking fastball and an average slider and change. Lowery must improve his control to become a successful pitcher in the big leagues.

High A 6-3 3.84 ERA 70.1 IP 70 Hs 25 BBs 50 SOs

27. Kiel Thibault 21/C: Thibault played well at Idaho Falls. His 7 errors in 41 games is too high for a catcher. But, he had a .593 SLUG%.

Pio 145 ABs .310/.388/.593 12 2Bs 9 HRs 34 RBIs

28. Henry Barrera 19/RP: Barrera had a solid debut in the AZL. Barrera throws in the mid-90s, so he could eventually become another one of the Royals' power bullpen arms.

AZL 1-1 4.73 ERA 26.2 IP 33 Hs 9 BBs 23 SOs

29. Eric Cordier 19/SP: Cordier had miscellaneous injuries that kept him from pitching this year. Fortunately, none were to his great arm. Cordier throws in the low 90s and should add more velocity.

30. Miguel Vega 20/1B: Vega had an injury-shortened season. He has excellent raw power and could develop into a very good hitter if he can harness it.

134 ABs .276/.310/.433 8 2Bs 3 HRs 14 RBIs


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