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January 04, 2011

Royals Flush with Top Prospects: The Kansas City Royals have gotten rid of six of their seven most expensive players from last season and added even more prospects to one of the game's most stocked farm systems. "The Royals are going to be good," writes Jeff Passan. "They have a chance to be very good. ... The farm system overflows with talent at nearly every position."

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:53 PM - 8 comments

Didn't Montreal also always have a ridiculous amount talent that came through their system? Only to see them walk during the prime of their careers because their prices got too high?

posted by NoMich at 01:09 PM on January 04

Same with the Rays and Marlins.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:30 PM on January 04

Key part of that statement being that they "have a chance to be very good." Given available evidence, what's the basis for thinking they will take advantage of this chance rather than trade them all away for peanuts once they break out? It would be awesome if they could make a run of it for a few years, but it just seems unlikely.

posted by feloniousmonk at 05:04 PM on January 04

We here in KC always look forward to this time of year when we start hearing how great our farm system is.....and how wonderful our prospects look at each level. Of course, by the end of May when we're eliminated, we look forward to football season, and watch as the Royals dump payroll.

Given available evidence, what's the basis for thinking they will take advantage of this chance rather than trade them all away for peanuts once they break out?

No basis whatsoever. But, I like this guys take on it

http://www.royalsauthority.com/?tag=david-glass

Leaves me with some hope.

posted by kcfan4life at 07:05 PM on January 04

Yeah, this has been the song and dance for Royals fans for at least 10 years. I really think there is reason to believe it is the case now, but I maintain a healthy skepticism that all this talent will be handled well & signed to long deals in a way that maintains any success.

posted by brainofdtrain at 11:38 AM on January 05

Not being a baseball fan I may be misunderstanding this but how does a great stock of promising minor leaguers get you MLB success in the coming season? Most players seem to take a couple-three years to settle in and produce seriously in the Bigs.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on January 05

Pirates have been talking about how good our prospects are for 15 years. They did bring up some good ones this year(Walker, Alverez, Tabata) but we will have to wait and see what happens when they want paid.

posted by Debo270 at 02:10 PM on January 05

Nope billy, you appear to understand it all very well.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 06:15 PM on January 05

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