As the Royals get deeper into their current rebuild, the farm system continues to develop. Considered one of the worst farm systems in baseball just 2 years ago, Bleacher Report recently ranked the Royals #10 on their MLB Farm System Power Rankings following the 2020 MLB Draft.
#5 OF Khalil Lee (ETA: 2020)
Khalil Lee just turned 22 years old last month, and continues to develop as a well-rounded player. In 129 AA games last season, Lee had a .363 OBP and stole 53 bags. Could very well make a positive impact on both sides of the ball for the Royals once he’s called up.
#4 OF Erick Pena (ETA: 2024)
Signed as the #5 international prospect in the recent signing period, Pena has the tools to be a really good big league player some day. At just 17 years old, Pena has a 6’3″ frame. He’s got a nice, smooth swing and above average pop in his bat. Hitting is definitely his biggest strength, but he is also solid defensively in the outfield.
#3 SP Brady Singer (ETA: 2020)
After an incredibly successful career at Florida capped by the Dick Howser Award, rewarded to the best college baseball player each year, Singer made strides through the minors in his first year. He was 5-2 with a 1.87 ERA in A+ before being called up to AA where he posted a 3.47 ERA with a 7-3 record. His fastball reaches 96 mph and he has a filthy sinker-slider combo.
#2 SS Bobby Witt Jr. (ETA: 2022)
Coming out of the draft, Witt was described as the best SS to be selected since Alex Rodriguez. He can really do it all of the field, but his hitting most intrigues me. He is a true five tool player that can really drive the ball. In Rookie ball last season, Witt was solid batting a .262 with a .317 OBP, 27 RBIs, and 9 stolen bases in 37 games. He turned 20 years old last month.
#1 SP Asa Lacy (ETA: 2021)
In a shortened college baseball season, Lacy was absolutely lights out for the Texas A+M Aggies. In 24 innings of work, he posted a 0.75 ERA with a 3-0 record. Lacy throws a 97-98 mph heater and has excellent command on his changeup and slider. If you’re not convinced, scouts have compared him to the likes of Aroldis Chapman and Clayton Kershaw. Asa Lacy was an absolute steal for the Royals with the #4 pick, and has ace potential.
Honorable Mentions: Daniel Lynch (LHP), Jackson Kowar (RHP), Kris Bubic (LHP), Kyle Isbel (OF)
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