By Illya Harrell on August 29, 2014
As if Royals fans don't already have enough excitement in their lives, their team is battling for the AL Central crown and they've got a top-notch farm system. It is a good time to be a Royals fan, and here are their current top-five prospects.
The No. 28 overall player selected in the 2014 MLB Draft, Foster Griffin is an athletic lefty who deals three above-average offerings -- a low-90s fastball, a curve and a change. Known for his exceptional control and command, he is ahead of the curve in both of those departments.
Another left-handed starter, Sean Manaea projected to be a top-five pick in the 2013 draft. Then some sort of hip injury knocked him down to No. 34 overall. The Royals didn't see the hip as any type of long-term issue. Manaea is proving them correct this season while pitching in High-A ball where he's tossed 114.2 innings with 134 strikeouts.
Brandon Finnegan is another lefty, who at 5-foot-11 is a bit undersized for a power pitch, but his fastball regularly clocks in the mid-90s with the ability to be dialed higher when he needs it. He also throws an above-average slider and change. Whether or not he'll end up a starter or reliever is the only question surrounding Finnegan.
Taken as the No. 5 overall selection in the 2012 draft, Zimmer has lights-out stuff when healthy. He didn't pitch his first game this season until mid-August after dealing with a shoulder inflammation and then a lat injury. At 100 percent, Zimmer is filthy. He deals an upper-90s fastball, plus-sliders and curveballs. His change-up needs some tweaking, but there is more than enough evidence that it will also end up in his arsenal.
That's Raul Mondesi Sr., who In his 13-year MLB career won a Rookie of the Year award and a couple of Gold Gloves in the outfield. At 19 years old, the switch-hitting Raul Mondesi Jr. has always been one of the younger players at every level he's played. He has a good feel from both sides of the plate and is a talented defender at short.
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