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Six Royals land on Top 50 prospect list

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08:25 AM ET 01.26 | While the Royals don't have a top-five prospect among MLB.com's Top 50 prospect list, they easily outpace the league in one regard. The six prospects they have on this year's list ties an MLB.com Top 50 prospects record, shared by the 2004 Angels as well as the '06 Dodgers and D-backs. The Rays lost two players from last year's list but quickly replaced them with two more. There is a grand total of 26 teams represented in this year's Top 50, with 14 of them having one prospect apiece. The Mets, Marlins, Brewers and A's are the four teams without a representative.

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January 26, 2011  08:35 AM ET

When they always have the top prospects & still lose, you shouldn't celebrate it.

January 26, 2011  08:42 AM ET

I wonder what percentage of the top 50 prospects actually become serviceable major leaguers?

January 26, 2011  08:59 AM ET

The reason the brewers don't is because they traded all their top minor leaguers for real MLB talent

January 26, 2011  09:01 AM ET

The Brewers have traded all their top minor leaguers for a chance to win the N.L. central

January 26, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder what percentage of the top 50 prospects actually become serviceable major leaguers?

probably lower than most people would think...

January 26, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

probably lower than most people would think...

good question - I would bet over 80% get called up but less than half stick around for more than a season

January 26, 2011  09:16 AM ET

The list from 2008.....

Dec. 5, 2008

MLB.com's 2008 Postseason Top 50 Prospects list has the usual exciting array of power arms, power bats and power legs. All have the potential to be standout Major Leaguers. Who will be the stars of the game? Only time will tell, but the Top 50 list should give you an idea of what scouts around baseball are thinking.

David Price Matt Wieters Jason Heyward Rick Porcello Cameron Maybin Madison Bumgarner Travis Snider Alcides Escobar Neftali Feliz Colby Rasmus Mike Moustakas Andrew McCutchen Brett Anderson Matt LaPorta Dexter Fowler Chris Tillman Trevor Cahill Jarrod Parker Buster Posey Brian Matusz Elvis Andrus Tim Beckham Mat Gamel Tommy Hanson Lars Anderson Mike Stanton Austin Jackson Carlos Carrasco Eric Hosmer Carlos Triunfel Wade Davis Fernando Martinez Phillippe Aumont Yonder Alonso Nick Adenhart * Jake Arrieta Scott Elbert Freddie Freeman Jeremy Hellickson Jesus Montero Adam Miller Brett Wallace Lou Marson Jeremy Jeffress James McDonald Derek Holland Kyle Blanks Angel Villalona Matt Dominguez Jeff Samardzija

* Nick Adenhart was killed in a car accident on April 9, 2009. He maintains his ranking on the list because it was based on a poll that rated the prospects as they stood prior to the 2009 season.

January 26, 2011  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

When they always have the top prospects & still lose, you shouldn't celebrate it.

They will trade them all away as that is the Royals way.

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January 26, 2011  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

They will trade them all away as that is the Royals way.

Not until they have to pay them more.

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January 26, 2011  09:59 AM ET
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January 26, 2011  10:22 AM ET

Six guys that will get traded for more prospects, that is if they even pan out. The cycle of mediocrity continues in KC.

January 26, 2011  10:40 AM ET

It's great to have those prospects. What percent of them will pan out? That's why you keep them and see how they do at the major league level rather than trading them away for proven performers with bigger contracts.

January 26, 2011  11:07 AM ET
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When they always have the top prospects & still lose, you shouldn't celebrate it.

Actually, their farm system was terrible. They were notorious for offering top picks low money ($500,000 in the early 2000's) to sign, when players ahead or behind their draft choice were making much more. GM has spent the better part of the past five years rebuilding the farm system so they can develop home-grown talent. They've tried this before, but only brought up 2 or 3 players at a time. This time around they'll be bringing them in waves of 4 or 5. It should be exciting to watch, except you won't see hardly any of the prospects this year. They're giving them one more year of prep work at the minor league level before wasting any of their MLB Options.

January 26, 2011  11:10 AM ET
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Six guys that will get traded for more prospects, that is if they even pan out. The cycle of mediocrity continues in KC.

Its different this time around. The Royals just resigned Billy Butler to a 4 year deal and they have Soria locked down to a 4 year deal. They've got the players believing in a team concept that they can win by working together. Now that the guys with the poor attitudes are gone, they'll be resupplying their majors with hungry prospects that want to win. They are taking a low salary approach the next couple of years so that these guys can prove themselves and then get locked into a long-term deal.

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January 26, 2011  04:59 PM ET
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That said, the Royals sure do seem to be on the cusp of something good and I wish it to them.

If they do that, then everyone will want to grab a pork chop and head off to Kansas City.

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