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Kansas City Royals Top 20 Prospect List for 2008

All grades are EXTREMELY PRELIMINARY and subject to change.

  1. Mike Moustakas, SS, Grade B+
  2. Luke Hochevar, RHP, Grade B
  3. Billy Buckner, RHP, Grade B
  4. Dan Cortes, RHP, Grade B
  5. Julio Pimentel, RHP, Grade B-
  6. Chris Lubanski, OF, Grade B-
  7. Danny Duffy, LHP, Grade B-
  8. Blake Wood, RHP, Grade C+
  9. Blake Johnson, RHP, Grade C+
  10. Carlos Rosa, RHP, Grade C+
  11. Justin Huber, 1B, Grade C+
  12. Craig Brazell, 1B, Grade C+ (old but I'd love to give him some at-bats)
  13. Jeff Bianchi, SS, Grade C+ (not ready to drop him just yet)
  14. Tyler Lumsden, LHP, Grade C+ (too high? Time to pull the plug?)
  15. Sam Runion, RHP, Grade C+
  16. Jarod Plummer, RHP, Grade C+ (sort of the Brazell of pitchers)
  17. Adrian Ortiz, OF, Grade C+ (might drop to Grade C)
  18. Mitch Maier, OF, Grade C (Looks too low. Might move up to C+)
  19. Matt Mitchell, RHP, Grade C
  20. Derrick Robinson, OF, Grade C
There are 17 other Royals players who will be in the book. Note that these grades are all very flexible at this point, especially the Grade C+/C guys. There is not much difference between them. Note that the grade is JUST SHORTHAND for what I think about the player, and is based on a blending of long-term "upside," 2007 and 2006 performance, stats, scouting, and (yes) instinct on my part. I probably spend more time worrying about how I have the Grade C+/C guys ranked than I do the stronger prospects, who are usually pretty easy.

Newsletter subscribers will be sent some sample player comments tomorrow. And don't forget to order the 2008 Baseball Prospect Book, which will have full written reports and stats on all these players and over 1,000 others.