On Thursday afternoon Baseball America released their list of the Top 50 prospects in baseball, editing the rankings from their pre-season list. As it stands, the Kansas City Royals find themselves with three players gathering honors on the current list.
17 Wil Myers OF Northwest Arkansas
23 Jake Odorizzi RHP Northwest Arkansas
27 Mike Montomery LHP Omaha
Ironically on the same evening as the list was released, the second overall ranked prospect, Mike Trout of the Angels system was called up to the big league club, and will be making his major league debut at the age of 19. It comes as no surprise that Bryce Harper, playing at Double-A Harrisburg in the Nationals organization is the top ranked prospect in all of baseball.
Myers, who was the 10thranked prospect before the season began fell down seven spots on the list not because of ability, but he has dealt with minor injuries so far this at Northwest Arkansas, his first season in Double-A. Through 51 games he has a line of .278/.367/.396 with three home runs and 20 RBI. Though the numbers are down this season, the future is still very bright for the 20-year old outfielder. Chances are he will be making his first appearance with Kansas City in the second half of 2012.
Jake Odorizzi, who was a 1st round draft pick of the Milwaukee Bewers in 2008 has shot up the prospect charts since joining the Royals organization during the off season. One of the key cogs to the Zack Greinke deal during the offseason, Odorizzi moved up from the 69th ranked prospect prior to 2011 and now finds himself sitting at 23rd overall.
A 21-year old right handed starter, Odorizzi, who was recently called up to Double-A Northwest Arkansas and made his first start on Thursday evening, was 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 15 starts at Single-A Wilmington. He struck out 103 while walking 22. In his Double-A debut he went five innings, picking up the win. He allowed two runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out four. It appears Odorrizi leads the second wave of Royals pitching prospects.
The third member of the Royals system to make their apperance is big left-handed star Mike Montgomery. Mongomery, who just turned 22, was the 19th ranked prospect during the winter and fell to 27 in the lastest installment. Montgomery struggled out of the gate this year at Triple-A Omaha, his first year at the Triple-A level, however he has shown flashes of what has Royals fans and the front office excited.
Through 90.1 innings at Omaha, Montgomery is 3-4 with a 5.18 ERA. He has struck out 77, while walking 49. Montgomery did show improvement in his last start though, so it will be interesting to follow his progress the rest of the season. I have seen Montgomery pitch during the Futures Game at The K in April, and he looked like the most dominant pitcher in the system, and that included seeing Danny Duffy. The stuff is there, Royals fans are just waiting to see it consistently this year.