In Part I of my analysis of the New York Yankees' farm system, I asked what other franchises people would like to see analyzed. The first request was for the Kansas City Royals system and that's what we'll be looking at today.
Let's get started with the Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Royals:
|Omaha Royals Batting Stats|
Not a single position player is age appropriate for Triple-A. This is an old Triple-A team. Part of the reason for that is that all of their good young players are in the Majors. In fact, the major league roster is younger on average by half a year than the Triple-A squad.
Due to the age of the team, I'm only going to highlight the players meeting all of the benchmarks. Those players are Aaron Guiel. That's right. Guiel is the only one and I had to give him some leeway on his strikeout totals. Guiel is 32 and belongs on a major league roster, but for now he's playing for Omaha.
|Omaha Royals Pitching Stats|
The pitching staff is a bit of a step in the right direction with a full one age appropriate player, Jimmy Gobble. Gobble's strikeout rates are respectable and his K/BB ratio is as well. He's a bit wild in and out of the zone as is evident from his walk and home run rates, both of which are a little higher than you'd like to see.
Dennis Tankersley, 26, also has fairly impressive K rates, but 4.67 BB/9 is unacceptable. Tank's home run rate is also a positive, but his lack of control will keep him in Omaha.
There's no one else in Omaha the least bit exciting. Everyone you would get excited about is already on the Major League roster.