2014 Royals Repository
With my 6,000th post on ChiefsPlanet (it only took me 12 years to get here), I bring you: The 2014 Kansas City Royals Repository.
To be discussed here: All things Royals, as they attempt to post another winning season and make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 1985.
25-man Roster (Duncan's best guess until ST breaks)
* Players are spots that are up for grabs, in my opinion.
Duncan's Top 15 Royals Prospects
1) RHP Yordano Ventura
Power pitcher knocking on the rotation's door. Needs to continue progressing command and changeup but has ToR potential.
2) RHP Kyle Zimmer
Needs to stay healthy and prove shoulder stiffness was not something that becomes chronic. Big-time heater and curve, could be true ace if changeup and slider progress.
3) SS Raul (Adalberto) Mondesi
Held his own at 17/18 in full season ball. Has the glove to stick at SS and be above-average. Pairs that with a hitting profile that could top out as a .300 hitter with 15-20 HR power.
4) LHP Sean Manaea
Big wildcard. If healthy and back to normal, could be THE steal of 2013 draft. Was in line for No. 1 overall entering college season at Indiana State but slipped due to hip injury. ToR potential if healthy and 100 percent back. Tall left who throws hard and misses bats.
5) RHP Miguel Almonte
Advanced FB/Changeup combo for a young pitcher. Needs to develop breaking ball further to be a truly elite prospect, but warrants some comparisons to Julio Teheran.
6) RF Jorge Bonifacio
Emilio's little brother battled hand injury in 2013, sapping some power, but put up strong overall line nonetheless. Profiles as a good contact guy with 20-25 HR power. Could be a Billy Butler-lite type, but with the ability to play LF/RF.
7) 3B Hunter Dozier
Had a nice debut. Showed advanced glovework and good approach. Has good pop from right side, which is a big bonus from a corner spot.
8) CF Bubba Starling
Tools are still there, and he showed some positive signs in the second half. Draws a good amount of walks. With a good year (.280/.400/.500) could vault back into top 25 lists due to tools. Upside remains a Matt Kemp sort. Floor remains really low.
9) LF/RF Elier Hernandez
Big-time signee in international FA had a strong year in Idaho. Good pop, solid plate discipline.
10) SS Orlando Calixte
He can pick it at SS and has intriguing power. Might never be more than a UTIL guy, but could be a solid regular if he starts making more contact as he gains experience.
11) RHP Jason Adam
Solid innings eater who was better than his numbers at AA. Stuff is inconsistent... occasionally flashes No. 3-type stuff.
12) 3B Cheslor Cuthbert
Big signing out of Venezuela several years back still has some upside. Had a strong start to his season at High-A Wilmington but really struggled to start at AA.
13) C Zane Evans
Evans has the chops to stick behind the dish with a little more polish and should hit for solid power.
14) CF Brett Eibner
Less talented than Starling, but similar issues. DESTROYS LHP and is an excellent defender in CF (strong arm, good range, good speed). Had a strong second-half (.260/.350/500) in Northwest Arkansas and faces a critical year in Omaha.
15) 1B Samir Duenez
Young signing out of Venezuela. Showed well in rookie ball and has long-term power potential.
AL Central offseason grades: (Will be replaced by standings once season starts)
Detroit Tigers: D.
Seemingly gave away Doug Fister, downgraded lineup with Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder swap. Did improve closer spot with Joe Nathan, though this was not as big a weakness at year's end.
Cleveland Indians: INCOMPLETE
Cleveland has sat out most of the offseason. Swapping John Axford in and Chris Perez out is a sideways move. David Murphy is a nice signing for the OF.
Chicago White Sox: B
Chicago spent big on Jose Abreu to cover 1B, and it could pay off if he is as good as recent Cuban imports. Still not a lot around Chris Sale in the rotation. Adam Eaton is a sneaky good pickup for top of lineup, if he can stay healthy.
Minnesota Twins: D-
Ricky Nolasco contract will be a regrettable long-term decision, and the rotation improvements are minimal, but at great cost. Lot of money/years committed to Phil Hughes, who is a wildcard due to his health and performance issues in the past. 1/$5 is a nice gamble. 3/$24? Yikes.
In to win, baby.
Great start on the thread
IN! GONNA BE A BIG YEAR, GUYS!
In for the playoffs!
Royals will get be in the playoffs and have a 30 HR hitter.
In for back-to-back Cactus League titles!!
Oh, and a postseason birth.
So what grade do you give Dayton Moore for this offseason?
I like what he's done A LOT. We've upgraded at second base and in right field with players whose strengths are a good fit with the strengths of this team. Aoki looks like an excellent defensive right fielder with speed who can hit for average, and the upgrade to Infante at second base is sensational.
I'm lukewarm about what he's done regarding the pitching staff, primarily because he hasn't done anything about extending James Shields. I'm starting to think that he may deliberately let Shields walk after next season if any of the top 3 upside candidates (Ventura, Duffy or Zimmer) looks like a potential ace for 2015.
I'm practically giddy about the trade for Danny Valencia, simply because he's sending a message to Moose that it's time for him to shit or get off the pot. If Moose doesn't tear it up in spring training, he should start the season in Omaha. Valencia would be a more than adequate replacement, and he could very well be an improvement. I think we got pretty good value for our 6th outfielder, and by the way, I liked David Lough a lot. I just think we probably saw his ceiling in 2013.
As of right now, I would give Dayton Moore a grade between A- and B+. If he were to sign James Shields to a contract extension, I'd change that to an A.
How do you only have 6000 post in 13 years? Did you take a decade off?
I can't quit them.
What if James Shields has absolutely no desire to extend, and wants to test free agency? You can't really blame a GM for not extending someone, unless you know for a fact that a player would have extended at a reasonable price, like with that Beltran debacle years ago.
James Shields did not grow up a Royals fan, and he has never had a choice about where he can play. He might like KC fine just as he tried to enjoy living in Tampa Bay, but if I were a player, I'd like to be able to choose where I play at some point in my career.
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