RC's Top 60 Royals Prospects - 2010

With spring training gearing up this week, RC is pleased to present this year's Top 60 list. Who are the top 60 prospects in the Royals' organization? Click inside to find out. And be sure to stay tuned over the next several weeks as we break down the prospects at each position on the diamond.

Editor's notes: All player ages are listed as of February 16, 2010. Players who spent significant time in the Major Leagues and/or surpassed 50 innings pitched or 100 at bats were excluded from this year's list.

Rank
Name ('09 Rank)
Pos
Age
Comment
1
Aaron Crow
RHP
23
Mizzou first-rounder has frontline stuff
2
Mike Moustakas (1)
3B
21
More HR and RBIs than any Blue Rock in a decade
3
Mike Montgomery (9)
LHP
20
Dominant in sensational full-season debut
4
Wil Myers
C
19
Lightning-quick hands produce power to all fields
5
Eric Hosmer (2)
1B
20
Disappointing debut, but power potential still there
6
Danny Duffy (8)
LHP
21
Southpaw's dominance continued in High-A
7
Tim Melville (10)
RHP
20
Posted very solid numbers in pro debut
8
John Lamb (49)
LHP
19
Boasts athletic frame with three potential plus pitches
9
Chris Dwyer
LHP
21
Raw southpaw with tremendous upside
10
David Lough (13)
OF
24
Athletic outfielder improves every year
11
Jeff Bianchi (15)
SS
23
Played plus defense with offensive breakout
12
Tyler Sample (18)
RHP
20
Huge right-hander with big time stuff
13
Noel Arguelles
LHP
20
Cuban defector signed with KC for $7 million
14
Louis Coleman
RHP
23
Sidewinding reliever is murder on RH batters
15
Carlos Rosa (7)
RHP
25
Should see significant time in KC in '10
16
Kila Ka'aihue (4)
1B
25
High OBP despite power decline in '09
17
Jordan Parraz
OF
25
Toolsy outfielder had offensive breakout
18
Johnny Giavotella (12)
2B
22
Gamer with solid tools across the board
19
Keaton Hayenga (24)
RHP
21
Impressive in long-awaited pro debut
20
Blake Wood (6)
RHP
24
Unimpressive '09 stats, but talent is still there
21
Chelsor Cuthbert
3B
16*
Teenage Nicaraguan slugger signed for $1.35 million
22
Crawford Simmons
LHP
18
2009 14th rounder got 3rd round bonus
23
Kelvin Herrera (11)
RHP
20
Should bounce back after missing most of '09 season
24
Hilton Richardson (51)
OF
21
Super athlete had offensive breakout in Pioneer League
25
Yowill Espinal (59)
SS
18
Young Dominican shortstop has serious talent
26
Carlos Fortuna (52)
RHP
19
Not many guys in the system have a better arm
27
Salvador Perez (22)
C
19
Combines offensive potential and skill behind the plate
28
Tim Smith
OF
23
Rangers import hit .321 at three levels in '09
29
Jarrod Dyson
OF
25
40-man roster addition is organization's fastest man
30
Greg Holland (41)
RHP
24
Fast-tracked right-hander could see KC in '10
31
Patrick Keating
RHP
22
Big-armed Florida alum breezed through rookie ball
32
Derrick Robinson (14)
OF
22
Outstanding speed still there; bat isn't yet
33
Shin Jin-Ho
C
17*
South Korean import gets rave reviews
34
Cole White
RHP
22
Sixth-round fireballer could reach KC quickly
35
Justin Trapp
SS
19
Royals lured two-sport star away from Coastal Carolina
36
Edgar Osuna
LHP
22
Rule 5 pick has legit chance to stick in KC bullpen
37
Aaron Hartsock
RHP
26
Darkhorse candidate for KC bullpen duty in '10
38
Kurt Mertins (31)
2B
23
Consistent hitter plays several positions well
39
Ed Cegarra (19)
RHP
20
Looking to bounce back after lost '09 season
40
Manuel Pina
C
22
Rangers import allowed just three passed balls in '09
41
Dusty Hughes (47)
LHP
27
Likely to start season in the KC bullpen
42
Jose Bonilla (20)
C
21
Strong arm, but receiving still needs much work
43
Brandon Sisk
LHP
24
Independent league signee has dominated so far
44
Luis Del Rosario
OF
19
Young Dominican is a potential five-tool talent
45
Chris Nicoll (17)
RHP
26
Stalled a bit in '09, but could still reach KC this year
46
Lane Adams
OF
20
13th rounder got big bonus to ditch basketball
47
Alex Llanos
OF
19
Speedster progressed at the plate in sophomore season
48
Alex Caldera (30)
RHP
24
Strong second half salvaged '09 season for Caldera
49
Leondy Perez
RHP
20
Hurler had another quality season in rookie ball
50
Nick Van Stratten (54)
OF
24
Carries.310/.391/.449 career line into this season
51
Clint Robinson (45)
1B
25
Troy alum won Carolina League batting title in '09
52
Henry Barrera (29)
RHP
24
Elbow injury derailed flamethrower's '09 season
53
Sean McCauley (27)
C
20
Good receiver hit offensive wall in full-season debut
54
Carlo Testa (57)
OF
23
Athletic OF always makes the most of playing time
55
Julio Pimentel (16)
RHP
24
Will attempt comeback from elbow injury in '10
56
Fernando Cruz (58)
C
19
Catching convert made progress at the plate
57
Devon Lowery (34)
RHP
26
Elected to re-sign with KC after missing '09 season
58
Bryan Paukovits
RHP
22
Solid return after missing entire '08 season
59
Deivy Batista
SS
21
Career SLG pct. of .489 through first two seasons
60
Sam Runion (26)
RHP
21
Second-rounder has yet to live up to expectations


*-We were unable to find the birthdays of Chelsor Cuthbert and Shin Jin-Ho. The ages listed reflects their respective ages at the time they signed.

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