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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.

14 Comments:

At 9/19/2005 4:39 PM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

We'll never develop any strikeout pitchers. Never. Hadn't had one since Appier and he was only he 5 or 6 seasons.

 
At 9/19/2005 4:40 PM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

Bianchi will be a legitimate gold glove shortstop with a big bat. Hopefully he's ready by 2007.

 
At 9/20/2005 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He isn't going to make it at SS.

And isn't it time to take Howell off the top-5 prospects list? He has over 60 innings in the big leagues. 51 is the rookie limit, so next year, he won't be considered a rookie.

 
At 9/20/2005 10:29 PM, Anonymous Greg Slaten said...

3 more games until we can confirm what we already know. Is there anybody available in next year's MLB draft that would remotely remind us Griffey Jr., A-Rod or Jeter? -Greg-

 
At 9/21/2005 4:52 PM, Blogger Dave said...

RC's Top Prospect List will be re-tooled shortly. We plan to present a top 25 list at the conclusion of the season, and yes, it will still include Howell. Though he may no longer qualify as a rookie, he is still qualifies for our list.

 
At 9/21/2005 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone read the comment Bell had on Berroa on kcroyals.com? I knew I didn't want Bell when they hired him....what were they thinking? I realize he needs a chance, but the guy has not been a winner.

 
At 9/21/2005 9:54 PM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

I have no idea who is going to be in next year's draft. Anyone know if there is anyone who will be compared to A-Rod or Griffey or someone of that caliber for us to draft #1?

 
At 9/21/2005 11:04 PM, Blogger SoonerRoyal said...

Doesn't look like there's going to be an Upton-type player at the top unless Upton doesn't sign with Arizona. Looks like there's a lot of college pitching that could go early. Andrew Miller out of UNC is probably the favorite as of now.

 
At 9/22/2005 1:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the requirements for your list? When does a player "graduate" it?

I get it... I guess when we have so few pitching prospects (or legitimate prospects period at any position), you probably need to keep a guy like Howell on the list.

 
At 9/22/2005 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff Bianchi Timeline:

2004 - High school
2005 - 1/2 season of rookie ball, 1/2 season lost to injury
2006 - 3/4 season of low A, 1/4 season of high A
2007 - major leagues

Yep, that would fit in well with the Royals highly-respected promotion policy.

 
At 9/22/2005 8:25 PM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

Ok, I guess 2008 would be more reasonable for Bianchi. Plus Berroa has been improving lately, and I think if we add some top FA's this offseason the hitting will be contagious. I've also started to pretty well be informed that Huber will start next season in AAA unless Sweeney is traded. My favorites for us to draft next year, are Kyle Drabek and Andrew Miller. We need our starting pitching depth to improve. Plus Miller could go to AA right off the bat.

 
At 9/22/2005 9:09 PM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

Do you know Dave like how Chris Nicoll did this year? I though he had big time potential.

 
At 9/23/2005 12:37 AM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

By the way, Dave, if you ever want to add me to your Royals blog links I update frequently. Here's my site: http://royalsmania.blogspot.com "Royals Mania" I'd appreciate it if you linked me on here, because I haven't got much attention considering how many article's I've wrote.

 
At 9/23/2005 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, how about 2009 for Bianchi? AA in 2007, AAA in 2008, Royals in 2009, just when Berroa is ready to leave. He'll still just be 22 when he arrives in the majors. Or even 2010?

What exactly is wrong with letting a player develop NORMALLY, and actually being ready to play when he gets to the majors?

 

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