That’s right folks. When FanGraphs released their top 131 prospects list this morning, the Kansas City Royals had a player inside the top 100. OF Seuly Matias and his minor league leading 20 home runs came in at number 88 on the list, the first top 100 appearance for a Royals prospect since Seuly was featured on Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 prospect list this offseason.
FanGraphs gave Seuly Matias and his elite level power a Future Value grade (FV) of 50. Prospects on this list from 37-131 also received that grade, so there’s a wide range of guys with the same projected FV. Matias has his fair share of issues (37.4% K%), but his power might be among the very best in all of minor league baseball. Game changing power doesn’t come around that often and Matias will make a name for himself if he keeps slugging like this.
The easy thing to do now that someone has given the Royals a top 100 prospect is to ask the question, “Who’s Next?” Well, the answer seems pretty easy for the Royals in their current system.
Khalil Lee and his .285/.426/.445 slash line with High-A Wilmington ought to be in consideration. Lee is still just 19 years old (!!!!) and has handled the strike zone better in High-A than he ever dreamed of doing in Low-A. His power has come back around a bit as of late, and if Lee is going to keep playing CF, he could very well be a top 50 prospect in baseball next season in AA.
Other options would to be Brady Singer, Jackson Kowar, and MJ Melendez with his .837 OPS to go along with his elite defensive capabilities. FanGraphs left all three off of their top 131 list, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see all three players making top 100 debuts one year from now.