Despite graduating several prospects to the big league club in 2011, the Royals placed five players on Scout.com's list of the 100 best prospects in Major League Baseball.
Outfielder Wil Myers was the highest-ranking Royal, coming in at No. 17. Myers struggled with injuries and production for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2011, but recovered to have a stellar showing in the Arizona Fall League.
Mike Montgomery placed at No. 32. The 22-year-old lefty starting pitcher disappointed and posted a 5.32 ERA for Triple-A Omaha last season. However, the Royals have plenty of confidence in Montgomery's ability and believe he can be a top-end starter for the team.
The fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, outfielder Bubba Starling made the list at No. 41 despite not seeing any live game action after signing. Starling is a classic high-risk, high-reward talent who could blossom as a premium power/speed player in four or five years.
The Royals received a Top 100 prospect for Zack Greinke in the form of right-handed starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi, who checks in at No. 54. The 21-year-old dominated Single-A Wilmington before struggling with the home run ball for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2011. He's close to being ready for the majors.
At No. 94 is the last Royal on the list, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, a popular sleeper pick for 2012. Cuthbert started strong for Single-A Kane County before fading down the stretch. He's a strong pure hitter with good fielding skills.
Click here to view the 2012 Scout.com Top 100 Prospects list.