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Best Reason to Be Optimistic About the Royals 

The Amateur Draft

The only piece of good news about this baseball season is that few of this year's Royals will be on the roster in 2011. And though we mourn the money squandered on the likes of Jose Guillen, Kyle Farnsworth or Mike Jacobs, some of Dayton Moore's expenditures will reap actual dividends for the next winning Royals club. In the past two years, for the first time in decades, KC spent significant resources on its farm system. Last year, in fact, the Royals spent more money than any team in history on its amateur draft picks, signing a number of first- or second-round players who fell in the draft when other teams put away their bankbooks. The 2009 draft was no different. KC shelled out millions on draftees Wil Myers and Chris Dwyer, who dropped to the third and fourth rounds as other teams shied away. Money spent on free-agent retreads and castoffs hurts, but the Royals might have a winning team in the next decade, when the resources spent on this farm system start trickling into the K.

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