Even with the ascension of young sluggers like Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer to the Major Leagues, the Kansas City Royals still boast one of baseball's best farm systems. With three prospects mentioned in Keith Law's updated Top 50 MLB Prospects over at ESPN, Royals fans have more names to track on the horizon as major call-ups either this season or next.
Will Myers is the highest rated prospect for the Royals, coming in at No. 16 overall. As a former catcher, Myers has been amazing at making the defensive transition, and it helps bring value to his overall game. As Law writes, "Myers can be a little mechanical at the plate with a stiff front leg. But he has a great overall approach and is a good enough athlete to be a defensive asset in right field."
Starting pitcher Mike Montgomery is next at No. 32 and Law talks more about his regression than anything else. The reason is that Montgomery has been a favorite of scouts for some time, so it's no surprise to see him on a list like this. If anything, scouts are waiting for him to take his act to the next level. Law writes, "In a holding pattern here -- he could end up in the big leagues if resuming long-tossing really is the key, or he could drop 30-40 spots if he continues to struggle to throw strikes."
Finally, starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi comes in at No. 45 as a possible surprise from the Brewers deal involving Zack Greinke. He's still a project, but he has great potential which is what draws Law's eye: "I'm still waiting for his off-speed stuff to take a step forward, and his high-A numbers reflect a favorable home park and the fact that he made two-thirds of his starts at home. But he's athletic with good control with some projection still remaining."
Throw in other names like Johnny Giavotella, Christian Colon, Chris Dwyer and others and you have several more names to watch for at the major league level.