Royals Farm Report’s 2020 Preseason Prospect Rankings: Top 77*

I’m not entirely sure how it happens, but it seems like every year we accidentally leave a couple of guys off this list on accident that had no business being off of the list. We cover them extensively at the site, and somehow forget to add them to the list when we do our aggregate rankings. Before I get into the two guys we forgot on our preseason top 75, here is the list we have released in full:

1 Bobby Witt Jr.
2 Jackson Kowar
3 Daniel Lynch
4 Brady Singer
5 Erick Pena
6 Kris Bubic
7 Khalil Lee
8 Kyle Isbel
9 MJ Melendez
10 Austin Cox
11 Jonathan Bowlan
12 Michael Gigliotti
13 Carlos Hernandez
14 Yefri Del Rosario
15 Yohanse Morel
16 Daniel Tillo
17 Brad McConnell
18 Kelvin Gutierrez
19 Gabriel Cancel
20 Josh Staumont
21 Nick Heath
22 Brewer Hicklen
23 Evan Steele
24 Seuly Matias
25 Zach Haake
26 Jeison Guzman
27 Nick Pratto
28 Vinnie Pasquantino
29 Emmanuel Rivera
30 Alec Marsh
31 Zuber
32 Gavin
33 Mejia
34 Capellan
35 Blewett
36 Kaufman
37 Heasley
38 Massey
39 Rivero
40 W Candelario
41 T Jones
42 O Florentino
43 Gambrell
44 Griffin
45 Burt
46 Rave
47 Eaton
48 Perkins
49 Garabito
50 Gomez
51 Arnaldo Hernandez
52 Yunior Marte
53 Janser Lara
54 Dante Biasi
55 Adrian Alcantara
56 Drew Parrish
57 Juan Carlos Negret
58 Rubendy Jaquez
59 Andres Stotillet
60 Jose Marquez
61 Clay Dungan
62 Eric Cole
63 JC Cloney
64 Josh Dye
65 Anderson Paulino
66 Anderson Miller
67 Jimmy Govern
68 Marlin Wills
69 Nathan Webb
70 Nick Dini
71 Michael Emodi
72 Anthony Veneziano
73 Tyler Tolbert
74 Burle Dixon
75 Justin Hooper

You can check out the individual write-ups here:

Now here are the two guys we accidentally left off of the list.

Somewhere between #40-30: Charlie Neuweiler, RHP

  • Age: 21
  • Bats/Throws: R/R
  • Ht: 6′ 1″ Wt: 205
  • Acquired: 2017 MLB Draft
  • 2019 stats (LEX): 148.2 IP, 4.36 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 9.26 K/9, 3.81 BB/9, 1.03 HR/9

After leaving Neuweiler off of our midseason list last summer, I made a note to myself to make sure to add him back this preseason. That obviously did not happen. It was not intentional and I feel really dumb for doing it twice. We had Neuweiler on our preseason list at #24 to begin 2019, and in no way did he pitch himself out of the top 75.

Neuweiler had a rather odd season in 2019. Over his first eight starts, Neuweiler threw 44 innings to the tune of a 2.86 ERA with 45 K to just 20 BB. Over his last 12 starts, he threw 73 IP with a 3.08 ERA and 77 K to just 25 BB. All of that suggests he’s close to a top 30 prospect in this system, given he was a 20-year old pitching in A-ball.

But over a seven start stretch from May 18th through June 21st, Neuweiler threw just 31.2 IP, posted a 9.38 ERA, and only struck out 31 batters while walking 18. I’m not entirely sure what happened during this stretch, but this is the concern for a prep pitcher that doesn’t have plus-plus stuff. Neuweiler has a very good curveball (the pitch is arguably a 55-grade pitch), but his fastball lives around 90-91 without elite spin and can be extremely hittable in the zone.

Such is the question about Neuweiler’s future. If he can refine his command and add some sink to his fastball, he can easily continue climbing the organizational ladder. If he adds some significant velocity or spin to his fastball, he’s arguably a top 25 prospect in this system. If neither of those things happen, he probably doesn’t make it past AA and ends up around the ranks of Gerson Garabito. 2020 ought to be a big year for Neuweiler, as he’ll get a chance to prove himself with High-A Wilmington.

Somewhere between #30-25: Darryl Collins, OF

  • Age: 18
  • Bats/Throws: L/R
  • Ht: 6′ 2″ Wt: 185
  • Acquired: International Free Agent
  • 2019 stats (AZL): 208 PA, .320/.401/.436/.837, 0 HR, 14 XBH, 1 SB, 0.73 BB/K, 132 wRC+

Darryl Collins burst onto the prospect scene in a big way as a 17-year old in 2019. Collins’ 132 wRC+ was good for 7th best in the AZL last season among hitters that were either 17 or 18 years old, his BB/K was good for 5th, and his 17.3% SwStr% good for 4th. Collins shows some flashes of insane potential, and while we don’t have much to go off of just yet, FanGraphs has already given the 18-year old a FV grade of 60 for his raw power, meaning he must have an immense amount of strength. Collins projects to play a corner outfield spot as he moves up the ladder, but his bat appears more than capable of playing there. We’ll get a better look at Collins in 2020 if he can make his way to Lexington, where he could potentially vault himself into top 100 consideration with an outstanding showing.

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3 thoughts on “Royals Farm Report’s 2020 Preseason Prospect Rankings: Top 77*

  1. Collins is one of my follow players. I hope he is able to do enough in ST to start at Lexington but that’s a big jump for an 18 year old. An outfield of Erick Pena and Collins could be fun to watch if they both start at Burlington. Neuwiler is easy to overlook with all the college guys making head lines. He can pitch and should be helped with Wilmington’s ballpark. Frawley has been an aid to many KC pitching prospects over the years.

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  2. Thank you the work put in on doing this list. Three prospects who had outstanding seasons are missing and I’m wondering why. Rito Lugo, Tad Ratliff and Brandon Marklund.

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    • Thanks for reading!

      Totally understand the questions. They’re all relievers and I think a bit over hyped in the long run.


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