1. Eric Hosmer
After the Royals drafted first baseman Eric Hosmer out of Heritage High School in Florida as the third overall pick in 2008, he was a highly regarded prospect in Major League Baseball. As we all know, Hosmer lived up to his potential. As a member of the Royals, Hosmer played in two World Series. A year after winning the World Series, Hosmer represented the Royals in the All-Star game. In 2017, Eric Hosmer won the Silver Slugger Award. After the 2017 season, Hosmer was set to hit the free agency market. The Royals were hoping to sign him to a long-term deal. Hosmer told sources he hoped to play for the Royals his entire career. Sources say the Royals offered him a 7-year deal worth $147 million dollars. If he were to sign that contract with the Royals, his contract would have been the most expensive contract in Royals history. Luckily for the Royals, Hosmer rejected the offer. After Hosmer rejected the Royals offer, he landed a big contract with the Padres.
2. Mike Moustakas
In 2007, the Royals drafted Mike Moustakas in the first round out of high school. Moustakas rejected an offer to attend USC in order to enter the draft. Two years later, Moustakas was regarded as a top prospect in Major League Baseball. Moustakas made his major league debut in 2011. Three years later, Moustakas struggled with the Royals in June of 2014. His struggles led to his demotion to Omaha that same season. After a short slint with the Storm Chasers, Moustakas was recalled by the Royals. A year later, Moustakas represented the Royals in the 2014 All-Star game. The next year Moustakas represented the Royals again in the 2015 All-Star game. Two years later, Moustakas broke the Royals home run record with 38. Moustakas represented the Royals in the home run derby that same year. After setting the home run record, Moustakas was set to hit free agency. Unlike Hosmer, the Royals didn’t view him as the long-term third basemen. After a long stay on the open market, Moustakas came back to Kansas City on a one-year deal. The Royals traded him that same year.
3. Wil Myers
Even though Myers didn’t play for the Royals in the big leagues, I am still putting him on this list. The Royals drafted Wil Myers in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft. Myers represented the Royals in the 2012 Futures Game. Shortly after representing the Royals in the Futures Game, the Royals traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays along with three other players. Mike Montgomery, who was in the same trade as Wil Myers, returned to the Royals in 2019 in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. After Myer’s time with the Royals, he won Rookie of the Year with the Rays. Two years later, the Rays traded Wil Myers to the Padres where he signed a 6-year deal worth $83 million dollars.
4. Whit Merrifield
After being drafted by the Royals in 2010, Whit Merrifield made his major league debut in 2016. After his debut, Merrifield bounced between the Royals and the Storm Chasers before grabbing a roster spot with the Royals permanently in 2018. The next season Merrifield represented the Royals in the All-Star game. In 2019, Whit Merrifield signed a four-year contract extension with the Royals.
5. Danny Duffy
Danny Duffy was drafted in the same draft class as Mike Moustakas. However, shortly after being drafted, Duffy retired from baseball. Then a year later, he decided to come out of retirement. That same year he was ranked the 68th best prospect in baseball. Danny Duffy made his major league debut that very same year. Since then, Duffy has won a World Series with the Royals and signed a 5-year contract extension.
Now that most of that draft class has come and gone, Dayton Moore and the Royals are looking towards the future with Brady Singer, Jackson Kowar, and many others.
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