RC releases new Top 30 list, among other notes...
Back in October, RC released our first Top 25 list to much fanfare. In the months since that time, three of the prospects on that list have been traded, and RC has had the opportunity to further evaluate the state of the organization. We saw several Royals prospects for the first time in the Arizona Fall League in November, and we’ve spent months analyzing data and debating amongst ourselves. The result is an improved, expanded list, and we proudly present RC’s new Top 30.
A quick word about list eligibility. We like the standard we set back in October, and we’ve decided to keep it, with one exception (discussed below). To be eligible for our list, position players must not have played in 50 games or had 300 plate appearances. Pitchers are broken down into two categories. The threshold for starting pitchers is 100 innings or 20 starts, while relief pitchers must not have reached 20 appearances or 50 innings pitched. In addition, anyone with over one year of Major League service time is ineligible, even if the majority of that time was spent on the DL.
Of course, RC always reserves the right to use our own discretion on an individual basis, and we’ve decided to include Leo Nunez on this list, even though he exceeded our threshold for relief pitchers last season. Since Nunez is so young, and since he’s slated for significant time in the minors this season, we believe his prospect status remains intact.
Anyhow, here's the list. RC will have our expanded prospect reports for you available shortly, but we wanted to get the list out right away. We encourage comments or questions about the list, and if you have one, feel free to post it in our comment section or in an e-mail.
RC's Top 30 Prospects:
|Rank||Player||Previous||Pos.||2006 club (projected)|
|6.||Luis Cota||6||SP||High Desert|
|21.||Gary Perez||18||2B/SS||High Desert|
|28.||Alan Moye||25||OF||High Desert|
|29.||Danny Christensen||NR||SP||High Desert|
|30.||Brian McFall||NR||OF/1B||High Desert|
Also, we'd like to remind our readers that we are always looking for additional correspondents, so please, if you think you might have something to contribute, always feel free to contact us.