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With the MLB offseason in full swing, teams are looking to sign free agents, make trades, and even improve farm systems. The Kansas City Royals had the second worst record in baseball in 2018 at 58-104. They are currently going through a rebuild right now.
Kansas City won the World Series in 2015 and they have not made the playoffs since. It will take them a couple of years until they will be very good again. The Royals will have the second overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and they will be able to draft another outstanding player that could progress through the minors quickly. Who are the current top prospects in their farm system right now?
The top prospect in the Kansas City Royals farm system is right-handed pitcher Brady Singer. He was a first-round draft pick by the Royals in the 2018 MLB Draft. Singer has all the tools to progress through the minors quickly and he is projected to reach the majors in 2020. Brady Singer is already 22 years old. He throws a very good fastball, change up, and breaking pitch. Singer could be the next ace for Kansas City.
The second best prospect in their farm system is outfielder Khalil Lee. He is 20 years old and Lee was drafted in the third-round in the 2016 MLB Draft. He could be an everyday outfielder one day for the Royals. Khalil Lee has the potential to be a very good number three hitter. He will most likely start the 2019 season in Double-A with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Lee's batting average in the minors last season was .263 with six home runs and 51 RBI's, along with 16 stolen bases.
The third best prospect in Kansas City's farm system is outfielder Seuly Matias. He has a very strong arm and his power is also very good. Matias could hit 30 home runs a year as a major leaguer when he gets there. Seuly Matias is projected to reach the majors in 2021 and he is only 20 years old. His batting average in the minors last season was .231 with 31 home runs and 63 RBI's, along with six stolen bases. Matias's on-base percentage was .303. He played all of 94 of his games last season in Single-A with the Lexington Legends. Seuly Matias could start next season in High-A with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
The fourth best prospect in the Royals farm system is right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar. He was a first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Kowar and Singer could be the future 1-2 punch in the starting rotation in Kansas City. Jackson Kowar is 22 years old and he is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Kowar's curve ball is very effective and he also has a very good fastball. His record last season was 0-1 with a 3.42 ERA. In 26.1 innings pitched, Jackson Kowar gave up 19 hits and 10 runs. He walked 12 batters and struck out 22. Kowar will probably start next season in Single-A, but he will move up the ranks in the farm system next season.
The fifth best prospect in the Kansas City Royals farm system is catcher MJ Melendez. Melendez is 20 years old and he is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Melendez was a second-round pick in 2017. He should be the successor to Salvador Perez. Perez is only 28 years old, but by the time MJ Melendez reaches the majors, Salvador Perez will already be 30 years old. He is an all-star, but Perez is also injury prone. Melendez's stats in the minors last season was .251 with 19 home runs and 73 RBI's, along with four stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .322. MJ Melendez should start next season in High-A.
The sixth best prospect in their farm system is first baseman Nick Pratto. He was a first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. Pratto and Melendez could be the new core in Kansas City in the future. Nick Pratto is a tremendous fielder and hitter. His batting average last season was .280 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI's, along with 22 stolen bases. Pratto's on-base percentage was .343. He will most likely start next season in High-A.
The seventh best prospect in Kansas City's farm system is shortstop/second baseman Nicky Lopez. He will be more of a utility player when he gets to the majors. Lopez is very versatile. He is 23 years old and he could very well be on the Royals opening day roster in 2019. Nicky Lopez's batting average in the minors last season was .308 with nine home runs and 53 RBI's, along with 15 stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .382.
The eighth best prospect in the Royals farm system is left-handed pitcher Daniel Lynch. He was another pitcher drafted in the first-round in 2018 by Kansas City. They have potentially drafted three starters in one draft and that is a tremendous job done by the Kansas City Royals department. Getting a lefty is a good asset to have. Lynch is 22 years old and he is projected to reach the majors in 2021. His fastball and breaking pitches is what is very effective in getting hitters out. Daniel Lynch's record last season was 5-1 with a 1.58 ERA. In 51.1 innings pitched, he gave up 44 hits and 12 runs. Lynch has walked eight batters and struck out 61. He will most likely start next season in Single-A and at some point Daniel Lynch will be moving his way up.
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