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BP Top Prospects: KC Royals
Jason Parks        
Published: Monday, November 25, 2013

Listed below are the top 5 prospects in the Kansas City Royals organization as ranked by Jason Parks and Baseball Prospectus. To view the full feature, please visit this link.

Prospect rankings primer
Last year's Royals list

The Top Ten

  1. RHP Yordano Ventura
  2. SS Raul Mondesi
  3. RHP Kyle Zimmer
  4. RHP Miguel Almonte
  5. LHP Sean Manaea
  6. SS Hunter Dozier
  7. RF Jorge Bonifacio
  8. CF Bubba Starling
  9. RHP Jason Adam
  10. SS Orlando Calixte


1. Yordano Ventura

Position: RHP
DOB: 06/03/1991
Height/Weight: 5’11” 180 lbs
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: International free agent, 2008, Dominican Republic
Previous Ranking: #5 (Org), #62 (Top 101)
2013 Stats: 3.52 ERA (15.1 IP, 13 H, 11 K, 6 BB) at major-league level, 3.74 ERA (77 IP, 80 H, 81 K, 33 BB) at Triple-A Omaha, 2.34 ERA (57.2 IP, 39 H, 74 K, 20 BB) at Double-A Northwest Arkansas
The Tools: 8 FB; 6+ CB; 6+ potential CH

What Happened in 2013: Ventura logged a career high in innings pitched—spanning three levels—and concluded his impressive run with three starts in the majors.

Strengths: Elite arm speed; fastball sits mid-upper 90s; can hit triple digits deep into games; can manipulate the movement; gets cutting action at lower velo; curveball is plus pitch; hard breaker with tight rotation and excellent depth; changeup could end up another well-above-average pitch; offers deception from FB and good action.

Weaknesses: Slight build; concerns about workload ability; tendency to lose command by overthrowing; changeup can get too firm; requires more refinement than other offerings; curveball plays down when FB command is loose.

Overall Future Potential: 7; no. 2 starter

Realistic Role: High 6; no. 3 starter

Risk Factor/Injury History: Low risk; achieved major-league level; ready for extended look.

Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: We already got a sneak peak at his heat in September, but with the inside track to a rotation spot on Opening Day, Ventura is ready to make a fantasy impact. The immediate future may not feature the type of strikeout numbers you’d expect long term, but he is still the type of pitcher to take a shot with at the back end of your rotation in 2014. Beyond that, he has the potential to be a full four-category contributor if he can handle the workload.

The Year Ahead: Ventura has been throwing gas since he could walk, but the progression of his secondary arsenal has turned him from a future relief prospect to a frontline arm that can pitch atop a major-league rotation. The body is slight and short, and normally I’d be quick to put him into a late-innings box. But Ventura can hold velocity like a workhorse, gaining strength as he goes along, not losing it. I do have some concerns about long-term workload and what 200 innings might do to the stuff, but it’s hard to ignore the electricity in his arm and the potential that creates. I wouldn’t be shocked if Ventura takes another step forward in 2014, and pitches his way into Rookie of the Year discussions.

Major league ETA: Debuted in 2013

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