The Kansas City Royals' Top 10 Minor League Prospects

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2009

Alex Gordon and Billy Butler (shown above) were the top two prospects in the Kansas City Royals organization just two years ago. Wow, it dosen't seem like it's been that long.

It seems like yesterday when I found out that Gordon was drafted by the Royals No. 2 overall. He was instantly thought of the next George Brett to many Royals fans.

The year before, in the 2004 MLB draft, the Royals selected Butler. Butler had one of, if not the best batting ability in that draft.

So now, without anymore delay, I will go through and name the top 10 minor league prospects in the Royals organization.

1. Mike Moustakas (3B/SS)

This last season Moustakas switched positions from shortstop to third base. Moustakas was the first pick for the Royals in the 2007 draft.

Last season Moustakas hit 22 HR, 72 RBI, 8 SB, .272 AVG, in 126 games. Moustakas turned it around in the last half of the season, hitting the majority of those homers in that stretch.

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At only the age of 18 he still led the Midwest league with his 22 HR's.

Projection: He has the talent to become a stud No. 3 hitter for the Kansas City Royals. He should to continue to hit anywhere from 25-35 HRs with close to 100 RBI and with the possibility of 10 SB in the Majors.

2. Eric Hosmer (1B)

Hosmer, the first pick for the Royals in the '08 draft has unlimited power potential. He is the most polished hitter in the draft. He posted a .364 AVG in just three games last year and should play Class A ball for the Royals this season.

Hosmer has gobs of talent and in his first full year as a pro we should see what we have.

Projection: Hosmer could contend for multiple Gold Glove trophies as a first baseman. He has enough power to get anywhere from 35-45 HRs consistently.

3. Danny Duffy (LHP)

Duffy was the third round selection for the Royals the same year they drafted Moustakas, 2007. Duffy was magnificent in his first full year in the minors.

He went 8-4 with a 2.27 ERA in 17 games pitched. He turned 20 right before Christmas, so he is very young. He will most likely play for the Class AA North Arkansas team.

Projection: It is much harder to predict pitchers because of how vulnerable they can become from injuries. Duffy has the potential to be a top notch starting pitcher for the Royals. He has the stuff to become a stud, he will just need to stay healthy, which he has done so far.

4. Tim Melville (RHP)

Melville was projected to  be a mid-first round pick, but high bonus demands led him to fall all the way to the forth round where the Royals selected him.

Melville hasen't even pitched as a pro yet, due to lengthy contract negotiations. But from what I hear he has a very good fastball and knuckle-curve.

Projection: As of right now it is pretty much impossible to project what he will be. I think he could be an average to above average starter in the Majors. He has the talent to be one of the best.

5. Daniel Cortes (RHP)

Cortes turned it on last season going 10-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 23 games pitched. This time last year he probably wouldn't even had made this list but with outstanding play he is now No. 5.

He increased his velocity on his fastball from 88 to 95 MPH. I expect great things from this prospect.

Projection: I think he could become a very solid starter, but some have said that he could also become a very good power reliever. If he can be a good starter without injuring himself then that is what he will be. If not, he could be a very good reliever.

6. Kila Ka'aihue (1B)

Ka'aihue posted stunning power numbers last year. Due to his play he was even able to play for the Royals in September. Combined he hit 37 HR, 100 RBI, .314 AVG.

If he can keep those numbers up he should make a big time splash in KC. It looks like he will have to start the year in Class AAA Omaha, but he could come up if injuries to other players allow him to.

Projection: I think he will continue to post up great power numbers. He could be a very nice DH for the Royals with the potential of 30-40 HRs and 100 RBI.

7. Mike Montgomery (LHP)

Montgomery was the compensation first round pick in '08 for the Royals. He put up great numbers in his short year. He went 2-1, 2.11 ERA, pitching in 12 games (nine started).

This southpaw will most likely play in low Class A Burlington and ten move up from there.

Projection: I really like this guy, I think he could be a very above average reliever. He quite possibly could stay as a starter, but he did throw three times from the pen and I have a feeling that is where he will stay.

8. Carlos Rosa (RHP)

Rosa pitched very well, splitting time between AA and AAA. He posted a 2.73 ERA and got called up in September to play for the Royals.

He still has a shot of being a quality starter, but at this point I wonder if he'll succeed more as a reliever.

Projection: This guy has the stuff to become an above average reliever. I wouldn't be opposed to him being a starter. He will just need to make sure to keep his ERA down.

9. Daniel Gutierrez (RHP)

Gutierrez played well for Class A Burlington. He went 4-4, 2.70 ERA, while pitching in 19 games (18 started).

Gutierrez has the potential to be a quality starter in the Majors.

Projection: Gutierrez has good potential. I think as of now, odds are he will be a reliever the majority of the time he is in the Majors. He could prove me wrong, and I hope he does.

10. Blake Wood (RHP)

Wood had an average season between Class AA and A. He went 8-9 with a 4.25 ERA. He started every game he pitched last season, but if he wants to continue to be a starter he will have to lower his ERA a little.

Projection: I have a hunch that Wood will form into a quality long reliever. This next season will tell it all for Wood.

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