Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Next Year's Royals: Punt 2011...and Then We'll Do It Live!

My 2011 Royals Organization:

Below, I've provided a combination of my predictions as well as what I believe each Minor League affiliate would look like as of Opening Day next year. I understand that some players, like Yuniesky Betancourt, have probably guaranteed at least another majority of a season with the ballclub. Therefore, this is merely a *combination* of what *will* happen and what I believe *should* happen. If I were Assistant General Manager to Dayton Moore and had autonomy on farm direction, here is how I believe our organization should be comprised on Opening Day 2011. Keep in mind the trade offers are hypothetical scenarios. I do believe they fall somewhere on the realm of reality, though. So no Teahen for A-Rod scenarios.

- Trade Zack Greinke to NYA for Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Slade Heathcott, and DJ Mitchell (as mostly mentioned in my 2013 Royals thread)

- Trade David DeJesus and Joakim Soria to BOS for Ryan Kalish, Yamaico Navarro, and Reymond Fuentes (as mentioned in my 2013 Royals thread)

Trade Josh Fields for a player to be named

With this roster, I'm operating under the assumption that we should punt 2011 and go for broke with 2012 and beyond. This involves trading our household commodities at the Major League level for prospects and establishing one of the best farm systems in the history of baseball. I would advocate limiting our Free Agent spending money in the 2010-11 offseason to less than ~$10 million. With many of our current prospects, even prospects prior to 2010 who are currently on our Major League roster, I would hold them back to preserve their arbitration clock and service time, overall.

Also, keep in mind that the list - particularly in the Minors - might not be complete. I might be forgetting an injured player or two. Hopefully no more, though. Yes, this is probably a 100-loss team. To Hell with it. Punt 2011 and go for broke with a world class farm system. Also, some of these Minor League rosters are over the 24 (or 25-man) limit. That will work itself out...some players will get injured.

MLB Kansas City:

C Jason Kendall

C Brayan Pena

1B Billy Butler

1B Kila Ka'aihue

2B Mike Aviles

2B Chris Getz

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

3B Wilson Betemit

3B Ed Lucas

LF Alex Gordon

CF Gregor Blanco

RF Jai Miller

RF Gabe Gross (Free Agent)

SP Luke Hochevar

SP Bryan Bullington

SP Kyle Davies

SP Bruce Chen

SP Philip Humber

RP Federico Castaneda

RP Gil Meche

RP Robinson Tejeda

RP Kanekoa Texeira

RP Dusty Hughes

RP Jesse Chavez

CP J.J. Putz (Free Agent)

DL Erik Bedard (Free Agent)

AAA Omaha:

C Jesus Montero

C Lucas May (I would wait until Kendall is traded to promote him to MLB. He needs to play everyday. If this means either of him or Montero are given spot-duty at DH in Omaha, then so be it).

1B Clint Robinson

1B Ernesto Mejia

2B Johnny Giavotella

2B Marc Maddox

3B Mike Moustakas

SS Yamaico Navarro

LF Ryan Kalish

LF Paulo Orlando

CF David Lough

CF Derrick Robinson

RF Jordan Parraz

SP Edgar Osuna

SP Everett Teaford

SP Mario Santiago

SP Blaine Hardy

SP D.J. Mitchell

RP Greg Holland

RP Blake Wood

RP Louis Coleman

RP Tim Collins

RP Brian Anderson

RP Patrick Keating

RP Aaron Hartsock

AA Northwest Arkansas:

C Manny Pina

C Salvador Perez

1B Eric Hosmer

2B Kurt Mertins

3B Jamie Romak

SS Jeff Bianchi

SS Chris McConnell

LF Tim Smith

CF Jarrod Dyson

CF Adrian Ortiz

RF Nick Van Stratten

RF Nick Francis

SP Mike Montgomery

SP John Lamb

SP Chris Dwyer

SP Will Smith

SP Manny Banuelos

PB Buddy Baumann

PB Alex Caldera

RP Eduardo Paulino

RP Blake Johnson

RP Barry Bowden

RP Brandon Sisk

RP Henry Barrera

RP Brendan Lafferty

A+ Wilmington:

C Ben Theriot

C Jose Bonilla

1B Joey Lewis

2B Rey Navarro

SS Christian Colon

3B Ryan Stovall

3B Adam Frost

LF Carlo Testa

CF Patrick Norris

CF Slade Heathcott

CF Reymond Fuentes

RF Wil Myers

SP Aaron Crow

SP Tim Melville

SP Bryan Paukovits

SP Elisaul Pimentel

SP Tyler Sample

RP Kevin Chapman

RP Ryan Dennick

RP Josh Worrell

RP Manauris Baez

RP Ivor Hodgson

RP Eric Basurto

RP Scott Kelley

A Burlington:

C Travis Jones

C Juan Graterol

C Kevin David

1B Jacob Kuebler

1B Murray Watts

2B Deivy Batista

2B Yowill Espinal

SS Alex McClure

SS Gerard Hall

LF Tim Ferguson

CF Whit Merrifield

CF Hilton Richardson

CF Cameron Monger

SP Tyler Sample

SP Keaton Hayenga

SP Kelvin Herrera

SP Crawford Simmons

SP Mike Mariot

SP Greg Billo

RP Dusty Odenbach

RP Matt Mitchell

RP Brandon Barrow

RP Matt Morizio

RP Chas Byrne

RP Brennon Martin

RP Nick Graffeo

RP Robert Penny

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