Monday, October 17, 2005

In Case You Missed it...

Baseball America has completed their series of Top 20 Prospect Lists in all levels of the minor leagues. The highlights:

-- The Royals have 3 players among the top 20 in the rookie Arizona League, highlighted by Jeff Bianchi.

-- Luis Cota was the only Royal rated among the top 20 in the Midwest League.

-- The Royals have 2 players among the top 20 in the loaded California League, headed by Billy Butler. I've now seen player comp projections for both Billy Butler and Justin Huber, and the player they most resemble is...Mike Sweeney -- all bat, no glove.

-- Justin Huber was the only Royal rated as a top 20 prospect in either the Texas League or PCL, though I'm sure Alex Gordon would have been strongly considered had he played for half the season (and performed as expected, of course). BA was not impressed with the Royals' depth in Wichita. Interestingly, some coaches in the Texas League felt Huber would still be a strong candidate to switch back to catcher, where his offensive skills would be more valuable, but there's a mixed opinion on his catching prowess. Either way, what's done is done - Huber is a first baseman/DH (the same as Billy Butler).


At 11:28 AM, Blogger SoonerRoyal said...

The Royals farm system is still pretty weak. Other than our 3 potential impact prospects (which might get our offense back to what it was when Baird took the team over in 2000), there's not much down there. The farm system is pretty much void of any quality pitching prospects or depth.


Post a Comment

<< Home