Originally Posted by duncan_idaho
Posted a response in the Royals thread, but I'll leave it here, too.
Shumacher is an interesting/good option for KC. But Mondesi/Calixte would not be on the table if you're looking for a young SS. Artaega, a surplus reliever, or a depth-level starter would be the best bets.
Mondesi is a top 5 guy in the Royals system (Which now goes: Zimmer, Starling, Mondesi, Ventura, Bonifacio) and is coming off an age 16 season that draws legit comparisons to Jurickson Profar at the same age. He's a sure top 100 kid, possible top 50.
Calixte is a prospect the org loves. Great power, and put up very nice offensive numbers at High-A Wilmington (.752 OPS from a SS in the Carolina league pops out). He's also going to stick in the MI.
Calixte was my favorite because he was closest to being ready. Mondesi looked pretty outstanding as well, though he's so far away still that it's hard to know exactly what you have there. I just don't see how you can put any stock in his stats at all - he's just a scouting report and tools at this point.
Joe Kelly and Skip for Calixte? Kelly has a great arm and put up a 3.74 ERA as a starter despite a very short notice promotion. I see no reason to consider him a lesser prospect than Wade Davis, to be honest.