Moore On Butler, Moustakas, Hosmer, Ka’aihue

Royals GM Dayton Moore told John Sickels of Minor League Ball that it takes time to develop prospects and turn them into major leaguers. Moore says he understands fans' concerns about the Royals' recent history of losing and shares their excitement about the players currently in the Royals' highly touted system. Here are the details:

  • Moore says players can take a few years to develop, pointing to Billy Butler. The Royals extended Butler earlier in the year because he has improved every year and they "think he's about to take that to another level."
  • Hitters take time to develop, since it's hard for them "to develop beyond their level of competition." In other words they need to face good pitching to learn to hit it. 
  • The Royals are "very optimistic" about Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer, partly because the two top prospects have experienced failure.
  • Moustakas "can stick at third base, no question," according to Moore, who likes the infielder's arm and body control.
  • Hosmer and Moustakas could push Kila Ka'aihue into a reserve role, but the Royals say he's capable of more. "We think he can hit .240-.260, hit 20-25 homers, .370 OBP," Moore said. "It will be a nice problem fitting all these guys in the lineup."
  • Christian Colon, the team's top pick in 2010, "can be an Orlando Cabrera type at short, or a Placido Polanco if he moves to second," Moore said.
  • Moore says the Royals need more speed and athleticism. The GM says his ideal team would have a center fielder like Adam Jones or Torii Hunter – someone with speed, defense and power.


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47 Comments on "Moore On Butler, Moustakas, Hosmer, Ka’aihue"


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Rick Garcia
4 years 4 months ago

i wasn’t aware teams looked for guys who hit .240-.260

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pastlives
4 years 4 months ago

ya, why even finish reading his sentence when you can just make a snarky comment instead?

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Pete
4 years 4 months ago

A .370 OBP is vastly more important to winning games than a .240 BA is.

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damnitsderek
4 years 4 months ago

Wait…Dayton Moore knows what OBP is?

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notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

right? he should tell jeff francouer

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 4 months ago

He thinks it’s a song by Naughty By Nature.

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damnitsderek
4 years 4 months ago

Hit hop hoorayyyyyyyyyyy, hooooooooooo.

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TartanElk
4 years 4 months ago

Hip Hop Anonymous?

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twentyfivemanroster
4 years 4 months ago

He has stated time and time again that OBP must come from the farm. You can’t get those FA’s to sign in KC which is why the only players willing to play for KC are those with low OBP.

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4 years 4 months ago

How is it that a team as scuffling as the Royals still finds so many chances to screw over Kila Ka’aihue and can’t find another chance to give Alex Gordon a shot?

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bigpat
4 years 4 months ago

Gordon has been there for many years and has been given shots. He’s not cheap anymore and this will be the last year for him to prove himself since the team is getting very deep. It’s starting to look like he won’t be in their long term plans. Just because someone was a top prospect doesn’t mean the light will automatically turn on for them at any moment, some guys just don’t work out.

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

I agree on principle, but cannot shake the idea–and maybe I’m being irrational here–that Gordon is a change of scenery away from making the Royals look pretty ridiculous.

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Koby2
4 years 4 months ago

I worry about that too, but he’s been given so many chances, and with so many players coming up in the next couple of years, I don’t think I could fault them for giving up on him after all this if he fails again this year. Luckily for him, he now plays a position that is comparatively weak in the Royals minor leagues, but did get stronger with Myers move from C to the OF.

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Pete
4 years 4 months ago

The Royals have such depth they could probably trade for any CF they wanted, they have tons of money to spend as well. The Twins, Tigers and White Sox should tear their teams down in 2013 because this Royals farm is nothing but blue chips. Cleveland has already started on it…

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TwinsVet
4 years 4 months ago

If Alex Gordon is any indication, I’m not convinced their “blue chips” are going to be getting MN/CHW/DET to wave the white flag anytime soon.

Any lousy franchise can assemble juicy prospects. Pittsburg has done it for a decade. Not many teams can turn them into a winning product on the field (Tampa is a noteworthy exception).

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Koby2
4 years 4 months ago

When did Pittsburgh have juicy prospects like the Royals do? Or any team have as much depth or upside in the minors?

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TwinsVet
4 years 4 months ago

Alvarez, McCutchen, and Walker all just came up through Pitts system.

Granted, KC’s farm right now may have an unprecedented number of Top-10 (or 50, or 100) prospects in anyone’s memory, but there’s a big difference between 1) getting a bunch of prospects together, 2) getting them all into the majors on the same service time window, and 3) having them actually develop into MLB stars.

It’s not likely that Moustakas/Hosmer take the route of Gordon, but it wouldn’t be stunning, either.

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jwredsox
4 years 4 months ago

totally agree.

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Moe Lester
4 years 4 months ago

Maybe a little concern from a Twins fan? Not too long ago the Twins were a lousy organization, 93-99. So its not impossible to turn around a loser. Also, look at the clubs who have earned the top farm system award, and then correlate their performances. Not saying its a sure thing, but I am saying that you are only paying lip service to the Royals prospects by bringing up Gordon.

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TwinsVet
4 years 4 months ago

No concern. Was actually talking to a fellow Twins fanboy today, and we’re really hopeful that KC *does* turn the corner. It’d be great for the division and September baseball.

I’m not saying it’s impossible to turn the corner, or even incredibly rare. MN did it with Koskie-Hunter-Jones-Mient-AJ-Radke-Milton-Mays around the turn of the decade.

I’m just saying KC has taken the first step – assembling some great prospects. But that’s the easy part – Pittsburg can do it. The next step is developing them on the same timeframe so the the service clocks don’t start expiring on some (Butler) while they’re just starting on others (Montgomery). KC looks like they’re doing okay with that, though Grienke was a big loss. The third step is the hardest – that’s having those players actually mature into MLB stars. Tampa did that with pitching-Crawford-Longo-Pena. MN did it. KC can certainly do it to, but it’s the biggest challenge, and KC hasn’t even approached that point yet – heck, your best prospects still haven’t had a cup of coffee in the bigs. Next year the service time on Moustakas/Hosmer starts ticking, and you’ve got 6 years to make a run, thereby grow the fanbase, and thereby increase payroll to keep the momentum going.

Trust me, I’m rooting for it. I’m not just getting my hopes up yet.

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bjsguess
4 years 4 months ago

You can have Torii. Just pick up his paycheck and he’s all yours. We can find someone else to man RF for a lot less dough.