The Kansas City Royals are slowly progressing, but there is a bright shining sun down waiting down on the farm. The Royals' farm system has been consistently ranked among the top three over the past few years, and it's about time some of those farmhands start producing at the major league level.
So here are a few players that you will be hearing about in the next few years:
Mike Moustakas, 3B, DOB: 9/11/1988
Drafted: 2007, 1st round (second overall)
Moustakas is the No. 1 prospect in the organization. He had a solid season last year, hitting 22 home runs and batting .272. He was drafted as a shortstop, but moved to third base during the 2008 season. Moustakas has great speed and power to all fields. He also has great arm strength to make defensive plays.
He could possibly be an All-Star third baseman while batting in the middle of the line up. Won't be in the majors until around 2010.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, DOB: 10/24/1989
Drafted: 2008, 1st (3)
The top high school hitter in his draft class, Hosmer has great power from the left side. Eric wasn't able to play but three games last year due to the Pedro Alvarez issue. Hosmer could possibly be a Gold Glove winner, and should have great power once he gets to the majors.
Micheal Montgomery, P, DOB: 7/01/1989
Drafted: 2008, 1st (36)
The lefty went 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA last year in the Rookie Arizona League. Montgomery has good size at 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds. Shouldn't see him in the majors until around 2012.
Daniel Cortes, P, DOB: 3/04/1987
Drafted: 2005, 7th round
Acquired in a trade from the White Sox, Cortes has been solid. Last year at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Cortes went 10-4 with a 3.78 ERA. Cortes should be in the rotation either this year or by the 2010 season.
Adrian Ortiz, OF, DOB: 1/14/1987
Drafted: 2007, 5th round
Ortiz has great speed and contact, stealing 29 bases and hitting for a .308 average last season. He could make some noise in a couple years for the Royals.
Johnny Giavotella, 2B, DOB: 7/10/1987
Drafted: 2008, 2nd round
Giavotella had a good year in Class-A. He batted .299 with 4 home runs and 10 stolen bases—all in just 68 games. He looks to be an Esteban German-type, and is definitely a player to look out for in the future.
These are just the top six out of the many prospects in the Royals organization. I could go on for days talking about the future talent in the organization.