Baseball America released its long-awaited list of their version of 2012’s Top 100 Prospects. Here is where the Royals stand on their list, their position, age, and projected ETA:
23. Mike Montgomery LHP 22 2012
24. Bubba Starling OF 19 2015
28. Wil Myers OF 21 2013
68. Jake Odorizzi RHP 22 2013
84. Cheslor Cuthbert 3B 19 2014
The Royals joined the Mariners and D-Backs as the only two teams to place three prospects in Baseball America’s top 30.
Last season, the Royals placed a record 9 prospects on this list. But with Hosmer, Moose, and Duffy all making their way to the K last summer, the number was sure to be smaller this year. Placing five prospects on the list is nothing to scoff at though. Only the Padres, Cardinals, Rangers, and A’s had more than the Royals this year at six.
In similar lists, the Royals prospects ranked as follows:
Baseball Prospectus (Kevin Goldstein):
19. Wil Myers
27. Bubba Starling
47. Jake Odorizzi
82. John Lamb
83. Cheslor Cuthbert
You’ll notice on his list, Goldstein left Mike Montgomery off, most likely due to his command issues last season in Omaha. He also has John Lamb on his list, who missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery and subsequently fell off many of the Top 100’s.
ESPN (Keith Law – Insider Only):
13. Wil Myers
15. Bubba Starling
43. Cheslor Cuthbert
52. Mike Montgomery
71. Jake Odorizzi
Keith also ranked the Royals as the 5th best farm system in all of baseball.