Kansas City Royals: Predicting Which Prospects Will Reach the Majors in 2012

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IFebruary 23, 2012

Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery

With the 2012 MLB season now less than two months away, it's time to start looking ahead to the new campaign.

With every new year, there is always chatter about which prospects will be able to make the leap from the minor leagues to the big leagues that season.

The Kansas City Royals are no stranger to this, since they currently boast one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.

Last season, they had 10 players make their rookie debuts throughout the year.

Among them were 3B Mike Moustakas and 1B Eric Hosmer, who ended up finishing third in the AL ROY voting.

Here are three KC prospects that I believe are locks to reach the big leagues this season.


SP Mike Montgomery

After a solid 2010 season where he won seven games and had compiled a 2.61 ERA in 20 starts, stud pitching prospect Mike Montgomery took a giant step back last year.

The former first-round pick of the Royals went just 5-11 with a 5.32 ERA for Triple-A Omaha.

However, the 6'4" Montgomery is easily the most talented left-handed SP prospect that KC currently has, and I would not be surprised if he can turn things around in a hurry and pull off an Aaron Crow-type performance in spring training this season.  

Projected ETA to the Royals: April/May 2012

Wil Myers
Wil MyersChristian Petersen/Getty Images


RP Kelvin Herrera

Twenty-two-year-old reliever Kelvin Herrera might be one of the most underrated pitching prospects that Kansas City currently possesses in their farm system.

During his five-year tenure in the minors, he has put together a record of 18-7 with a 1.92 ERA.

Adding to his utter dominance of minor league hitting, he owns a 4:1 K/BB ratio during that time.

Even with the loaded bullpen that the Royals currently have, I still think that Herrera can make the big league roster within the first couple months of the upcoming season. 

Projected ETA to the Royals: April/May 2012

OF Wil Myers

Wil Myers is the most talented prospect that the Royals have on hand right now. 

Even though he struggled last season with health problems, he has enormous upside and should bounce back smoothly this year.

The 21-year-old converted catcher can obviously hit, as he is batting .296 with a .399 OBP in 247 career minor league games.


With no place to put him yet in the outfield, I don't expect Myers to get his call-up until very late in the season.

Projected ETA to the Royals: September 2012


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