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Scouts speak on Brett Lawrie, Sean Gilmartin, and Jed Bradley, among others.

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The Royals' system is flooded with top-tier talent, but beneath the upper levels lies yet more prospect gems.

As I type this, the Kansas City Royals, who haven’t exactly been the beneficiaries of good fortune over the last 25 years, have the top farm system in baseball. While that certainly doesn’t come as a shock to those who follow the minor leagues, the severity of the claim can’t be overstated. For as good as the Royals are now—and believe me, they have the best set of prospects I have ever seen—the farm has a chance to avoid the systemic regressions associated with major-league promotion, general prospect stagnation, attrition, and any other words that might feature the suffix –ion.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I spend a lot of time waxing hyperbolic about Eric Hosmer and his heroic (see?) potential as a player. I’ve been so drunk on his present and future that I’ve even dared to opine that he might be the best all-around offensive prospect in baseball. He’s a special talent. The same hyperbole can be applied to Mike Moustakas, although I’m not convinced he belongs in the same conversation with Hosmer. Then you have the line of projectable southpaws that seem to multiply like wet mogwais: Montgomery, Lamb, Dwyer, and Duffy. Throw Wil Myers into the mix and you have seven prospects worthy of top-100 consideration, and at least five that could be in the top 30 in all of baseball. That’s a gross display of upper-level talent.

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