With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Kansas City Royals preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.
#1 Mike Moustakas GRADE: A-
Moustakas batted .263 with 18 Doubles, 1 Triple, 5 Home Runs, and 30 RBI’s for the Royals. He walked 22 times and struck out 51 times in 89 games. For the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers, Moustakas hit .287 with 15 Doubles, 1 Triple, 10 Home Runs and 44 RBI’s in 55 Games.
#2 Eric Hosmer GRADE: A+
Hosmer batted .293 with 27 Doubles, 3 Triples, 19 Home Runs and 78 RBI’s for the Royals. He walked 34 times and struck out 82 times in 128 games. He also stole 11 bases on the season. At Triple-A Omaha, Hosmer batted .439 with 5 Doubles, 3 Home Runs and 15 RBI’s in 26 Games.
#3 Wil Myers GRADE: C
Myers batted .254 with 23 Doubles, 1 Triple, 8 Home Runs and 49 RBI’s for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He walked 52 times and struck out 88 times in 99 games.
#4 Mike Montgomery GRADE: C-
Montgomery went 5-11 with a 5.32ERA at Triple-A Omaha. He walked 69 and struck out 129 in 150.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .271 off of Montgomery on the season.
#5 John Lamb GRADE: B-
Lamb went 1-2 with a 3.09ERA in 8 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas before undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the remainder of the 2011 season. He walked 13 and struck out 22 in 35 innings. Opposing batters hit .246 off of Lamb. The grade reflects what he did while he was healthy.
#6 Jake Odorizzi GRADE: B+
Odorizzi was a combined 10-7 with a 3.73ERA between the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He walked 44 and struck out 157 in 147 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .244 off of Odorizzi on the season.
#7 Christian Colon GRADE: B-
Colon batted .257 with 14 Doubles, 2 Triples, 8 Home Runs and 61 RBI’s for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He also stole 17 bases. Colon walked 46 times and struck out just 51 times in 127 games.
#8 Aaron Crow GRADE: A
Crow went 4-4 with a 2.76ERA out of the Royals bullpen. He made the 2011 American League All Star Team. He walked 31 and struck out 65 in 62 innings. Big league hitters batted .237 off of Crow on the season.
#9 Chris Dwyer GRADE: C+
Dwyer went 8-10 with a 5.60ERA for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He walked 78 and struck out 126 in 141.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .238 against Dwyer on the season.
#10 Danny Duffy GRADE: B-
Duffy went 4-8 with a 5.64ERA for the Royals. He walked 51 and struck out 87 in 105.1 innings. Big league hitters batted .287 off of Duffy. At Triple-A Omaha, Duffy went 3-1 with a 3.43ERA in 8 starts.
#11 Jeremy Jeffress GRADE: C
Jeffress opened the season with the Royals where he went 1-1 with a 4.70ERA and one save in 15.1 big league innings before being optioned. He went 1-3 with a 4.26ERA at Triple-A Omaha before being demoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas where he went 2-3 with a 7.16ERA in 24 innings. Opposing minor league hitters batted .281 off of Jeffress. He walked 40 and struck out 44 in 55.2 innings in the minors.
#12 Jason Adam GRADE: B
Adam went 6-9 with a 4.23ERA for the Low-A Kane County Cougars. He walked 25 and struck out 76 in 104.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .235 off Adam on the season.
#13 Brett Eibner GRADE: D+
Eibner batted .213 with 13 Doubles, 2 Triples, 12 Home Runs and 31 RBI’s for Low-A Kane County. He walked 48 times ans struck out 90 times in 76 games.
#14 Yordano Ventura GRADE: B-
Ventura went 4-6 with a 4.27ERA for Low-A Kane County. He walked 24 and struck out 88 in 84.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .258 off of Ventura on the season.
#15 Cheslor Cuthbert GRADE: B
Cuthbert batted .267 with 13 Doubles, 1 Triple, 8 Home Runs and 51 RBI’s for Low-A Kane County. He walked 36 times and struck out 65 times in 81 games.