Kansas City Royals: Top 10 Prospects

1. Sean Manaea- After his draft value plummeted in 2013, the Royals had a steal in Manaea if his hip healed up. Well the hip is fine and Manaea dominated Single-A ball. He was able to get through 121 innings this year, where he struggled at first but was able to make some adjustments. His fastball ranges from low to mid-90’s with a little bit of tail to it. Most people can’t really tell if he throws more of a slider or of a curve, because the break on the pitch sweeps across the plate but also breaks down at times. With most pitching prospects, Manaea’s changeup is just average. He needs to work on it a lot so that he may succeed at higher levels. At times his control can be a little wacky, but usually stays average to a little above average. I like his arm action as he hides the ball very well and looks to be really tough against fellow lefties. The Royals probably want Manaea to log more innings, but he could move through the system very quickly.

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