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Passan: Dayton Moore is a scout, and he brought aboard really good scouts, guys who were able to identify talent that either others didn't or others undervalued. When you have a farm system that produces Hosmer and Moustakas and Wil Myers, and they didn't draft Jake Odorizzi but brought him onboard in the Greinke trade, and when you can go out and get Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain, and you can develop Salvador Perez — a lot of these things most franchises can't do. They're going to have almost an entirely homegrown lineup by the time all of their big guns come up, and that's pretty damn impressive.
Engel: He's been aggressive in Latin America and in the draft at going after the types of promising players the Royals never got since John Schuerholz left. He's added academies in the Dominican Republic, added additional rookie-level teams to get players on the field, and he's taken risks in the draft and shelled out big bonuses to get upside guys into the organization.
Ivie: Patience. He has not panicked. He has put together a club built on youth and the farm system and waited for it all to mature.
Stalder: His ability to sign players out of high school by paying them over-slot draft money has not been the most ethical thing to do, but if it gets the Royals top-flight talent to stock their farm system, then so be it. And the scouts for this organization do not get the credit they deserve for the last few years of top talent secured via the draft.
Zimmerman: Rebuilt the farm system.
Jazayerli: Moore really did put together the best farm system — maybe not in baseball history but certainly in Royals history.
The Worst Thing Dayton Moore Has Done
Passan: Two words: Trey Hillman.
Brown: His failure at evaluating major league talent has held this organization back while the minors have flourished.
Engel: I'm not the first to say it — rumors are, a lot of executives say it often — but Moore is not good at constructing and leveraging a major league roster. He'll sign players with similar attributes and skill sets to fill one spot, or he'll overpay to get a subpar player in and then feel obligated to stick with him.
Ivie: Bringing back Yuniesky Betancourt. (I kid. Kind of.)
Stalder: Trading Melky Cabrera for Jonathan Sanchez is a key one for me.
Zimmerman: Fallen in love with crappy players — Francoeur, Davies, Betancourt, etc.
Jazayerli: The Royals still emphasize tools over skills with established major leaguers, frequently ignoring a statistical record that says Player X just isn't very good. This also has led to the Royals not valuing plate discipline at all.
Player to Watch
Passan: I hope Wil Myers comes up.
Brown: Can't wait to see what Wil Myers has to offer once he gets here.
Keeler: Luke Hochevar. It drives everybody up a wall, I know, but he's their guy, and they're gonna ride that horse till a leg falls off. The rotation will go as he goes, for better or worse. His peaks and (often painful) valleys kind of sum up where this franchise is right now.
Engel: Eric Hosmer can only get better, and he hasn't been too bad in June.
Ivie: Salvador Perez. He will have a lot to prove as he comes back from the DL.
Stalder: If you want a specific team to watch, then watch the Idaho Falls Chukars short-season team. A lot of top-quality prospects on that team: Brickhouse, Kyle Smith, Hernandez and Mondesi, etc.