On Tuesday night, MLB Network aired the 2013 Top 100 Prospects list. I unfortunately missed it, but did get a chance to check out the list yesterday.
There are just three KC Royals on that list, two of which have not played a full professional season yet.
Outfielder Bubba Starling is the first Royal on the list, at number 26. He made his much-anticipated professional debut last June with rookie level Burlington. He hit .275 with ten homeruns and 33 RBIs (while also stealing ten bases). MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo (who comes up with the list) thinks that Starling is the one player in the Royals system who could become that elite prospect who could turn into an impact big leaguer.
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer came in at number 34. He was the Royals top pick in last June’s draft. He pitched in just nine games combined for rookie level Surprise and Low-A Kane County before having bone chips removed from his elbow.
The final Royal on the list is right-hander Yordano Ventura. He came in at number 59. Ventura split last season between High-A Wilmington (where he dominated for the most part) and Double-A NW Arkansas (where he struggled). He also started the Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in July for the World Team.
*Former Royals Wil Myers (number four) and Jake Odorizzi (number 45) were also on the list representing their new team, the Tampa Bay Rays.
**For the entire Top 100 list, click HERE.