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Old 12-19-2013, 11:45 AM  
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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.

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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: C
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.

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Old 12-20-2013, 06:36 PM   #106
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #107
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #108
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:40 PM   #109
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:42 PM   #110
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Old 12-20-2013, 09:31 PM   #111
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:43 AM   #112
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Choo signed with the Rangers for 7/130.

On the surface, it looks like Boras cost his client 10 million (Yankees offered 7/140 before signing Beltran), but it might be fine if they really believed the Yankees weren't going to be very good, while the Rangers are clearly going to be competitive.

edit: having half his games in Texas instead of New York could make it equal value though, due to state income taxes.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:41 AM   #113
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18.5/year for 7 years seems like a lot for Choo. I know he is consistent and is a good fielder, and he will be playing in that ballpark, but it just seems like they overpaid. I could just be out of touch with what players are worth now.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:52 AM   #114
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I'd much rather have Choo at that contract than what the Yankees gave Ellsbury.

He'll be really productive in Texas.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:54 AM   #115
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Choo will be a great add in that lineup an ballpark.

Like di said, rather that than ellsbury
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:32 PM   #116
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18.5/year for 7 years seems like a lot for Choo. I know he is consistent and is a good fielder, and he will be playing in that ballpark, but it just seems like they overpaid. I could just be out of touch with what players are worth now.
Dude walked 112 times last year... and was beaned 26 times. He had a .423 OBP. That's ridiculously good.... 20/20 player with great defense... a career .853 OPS guy. I don't think that's overpaying him at all.
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:59 PM   #117
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Dude walked 112 times last year... and was beaned 26 times. He had a .423 OBP. That's ridiculously good.... 20/20 player with great defense... a career .853 OPS guy. I don't think that's overpaying him at all.
He's pretty solid.

He's really good against righties, but not too good against lefties.

He OPS'ing 1.011 against righties, but only a .612 against lefties.
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Mike Moustakas is doing better in winter ball - .288 avg, 15 games, 59 AB, 3 HRs, .525 SLG, .884 OPS.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:10 PM   #120
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Salvador Perez - .305 AVG, 27 games, 118 AB, 1 HR, .415 SLG, .754 OPS.
Emilio Bonifacio - .277 AVG, 16 games, 65 AB, 0 HR, .323 SLG, .652 OPS, 4 SB.
Christian Colon - .284 AVG, 22 games, 88 AB, 1 HR, .386 SLG, .713 OPS, 3 SB.
Francisco Pena - .242 AVG, 35 games, 91 AB, 2 HR, .385 SLG, .658 OPS.

I think Pena and Pina will be the catchers in Omaha and Brett Hayes is the backup in KC.


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Some of the pitching stats are interesting…
They have Francisley Bueno starting. Ryan Verdugo has done pretty well with 4 -1 record, 40 innings and 3.32 ERA.

Who is Spencer Patton for KC? 25 innings, 10 saves, 0.72 ERA, 32 Ks. That seems impressive even for winter ball.
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