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Game of the Week: Royals Top 5 Prospects

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The Kansas City Royals showed their depth last season when they were just a few innings from a World Series Championship. Mixing veterans along with rookies, the Royals had the best of both worlds. Below is a list of the top five prospects in the Kansas City Royals’ organization.

1) Raul Mondesi (SS):

The son and namesake of former National League Rookie of the Year, Raul Modesi, the younger Mondesi was signed a non-drafted free agent in 2013. His defensive skills as shortstop are impressive while his bat still needs some work. The switch-hitting shortstop began the 2015 season with the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

2) Sean Manaea (LHP):

The 23 year old lefty was drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft while playing at Indiana State University. He didn’t play in 2013 because he had to undergo hip surgery. His pitches are quite impressive which include a fastball that sits around the mid 90’s and a slider along with a changeup that is still being worked on. His pickoff rate on baserunners was one of the best in nation while he was in college.

3) Kyle Zimmer (RHP):

The 23 year old righty was drafted in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft while playing at the University of San Francisco. He has worked his way through the Royals Organization playing in the Pioneer League with Idaho Falls in the 2014 season. Zimmer’s fastball can hit the high 90’s  which attacks batters at both sides of the plate.

4) Brandon Finnegan (LHP):

Many may recognize the name from making his Major League Debut in 2014 and being known as the only player who played in both the College World Series and MLB World Series in the same season. Finnegan was drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, the lefty is a starter turned reliever and has a fastball around the mid-90s along with a slider and changeup that is still getting work.

5) Miguel Almonte (RHP):

The 22 year old was signed by the Royals as a free agent in November of 2010 and he also participated in the 2013 Future’s Game. He has a fastball in the mid-90s and a changeup that impresses but also get batters and a slider that resembles a curveball.

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