Three Royals prospects listed in the Arizona League's top 20...
RC was pleased to learn today that three Royals prospects, all 2005 draftees fresh out of high school, were listed today in Baseball America's Top 20 list of Arizona League prospects. Shortstop Jeff Bianchi, KC's second round pick out of Pennsylvania, was listed as the league's top position player and fourth overall. Oufielder Joe Dickerson was rated as the league's second-best outfielder and ninth best prospect overall, and pitcher Brent Fisher was named the league's second-best lefty and 18th-best prospect.
On Bianchi, BA wrote:
A short, compact middle infielder, Bianchi is what he is: a blue-collar player with limited projection. He’s an advanced hitter—already one of the best in the Royals system—with an excellent approach and the potential for 15-20 homers annually. He made an easy transition to wood bats and makes consistent contact to all fields with a short, line-drive swing.
Bianchi's stats on the season, which was cut short due to injury, were stellar: .408/.484/.745 with 6 HR in 98 at bats. Had he not been plagued by a pulled back muscle, Bianchi almost certainly would have carried home the league's triple crown.
On Dickerson, BA wrote:
Dickerson's bat is his best tool. He has good bat speed with a line-drive swing, but he needs to be more selective because he chases too many breaking balls out of the strike zone. A dead pull hitter, Dickerson has limited raw power but more than Lubanski at a similar stage. He led the league with nine triples.
Dickerson led the Arizona League in RBIs, and BA says that some folks compare him to Mark Kotsay. He gets good reads and takes good routes on fly balls, and he's not afraid to play a shallow center field.
On Fisher, BA wrote:
Fisher has an easy, deliberate delivery that enabled him to get good deception and late movement on a sinking, fringe-average fastball, which he kept down in the zone consistently. He should add velocity with maturity and minor tinkering with his mechanics. His 12-to-6 curveball and changeup already are solid secondary pitches.
On the season, Fisher put up an excellent line of: 50.1 IP, 48 H, 2 HR, 13 BB, and 69 K with a 3.04 ERA.