February 8, 2017
Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects
The State of the System: It’s the five through 14 of a pretty good system. Unfortunately it is missing the top four.
The Top Ten
The Big Question: How do you keep a core?
Teams go through cycles. They can’t compete for eternity, and father time is undefeated in this game—although I am suspicious of Bartolo Colon. As we examine the Royals now, the core that won them a championship will soon be a shell of themselves. Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas will be free agents after this season. James Shields, Johnny Cueto, and Edinson Volquez were all too expensive to stay in Kansas City. Wade Davis was traded for Jorge Soler. The two biggest contracts on the payroll belong to players both over 30 years old. The sudden passing of the team’s most visibly passionate star, Yordano Ventura, leaves Danny Duffy as the top arm, and one of the few young players who will be sticking around long-term.