Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline released his 2019 Top 30 prospects for the Royals today. The list includes 18 that were acquired through the draft. Seven of the top 30 are expected to make their major league debut in 2019 according to Jonathan.
Kansas City went aggressively after advanced pitching, taking five college arms with their first five selections, all in the top two rounds. Four of them are now in the Top 10, starting with No. 1 prospect Brady Singer. All could move fairly quickly up the ladder.
First round pick Brady Singer came in as the top prospect in the system. Singer throws a two-seam and four-seam fastball along with a plus slider as his top pitches. Mayo expects Singer to move through the system quickly and eventually pitch near the top of the club’s rotation.
Outfielder Khalil Lee is Mayo’s number two prospect in the system. Lee spent time with both high-A Wilmington and double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2018. Between those two teams he posted a ob base percentage of .382 and a .772 OPS.
Mayo’s top 30 is made up of 11 right-handed pitchers and five left-handed pitchers to go with six outfielders. The Royals focused heavily on pitching in the 2018 draft and that is evident in the MLB Pipeline top 30.