Myers is one of the most interesting Royals prospects to watch this winter. It certainly looks like he's healthy. Myers is playing well so far in the Arizona Fall League (.348/.464/.826) and is on his way to re-establishing himself as a premier hitting prospect.
This could make him an attractive trade chip for Dayton Moore in the coming months. Myers' trade value is probably down from where it was a year ago, when he was coming off a season in which he dominated Single-A as a teenager. However, when packaged with other pieces, he could be part of a deal that brings the Royals a coveted starting pitcher.
Despite not receiving much attention, Hosmer is deserving after an impressive showing in the second half of his first season. After hitting just .268/.317/.431 in his first 58 games, Hosmer blasted away after the All-Star break, posting an .842 OPS in 70 games. It was a weak class for rookie hitters. Only Hosmer and Mark Trumbo of the Angels qualified for the batting title. However, Hosmer's overall .799 OPS was bested only by Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings among rookies with at least 200 at-bats.
In case you're curious, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has correctly named three of four Rookies of the Year since voting began in 2009: Neftali Feliz and Buster Posey (2010) and Andrew Bailey (2009).
On hitters: "I think Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball. Sorry to everyone else who is really good."
On the strike zone: "It's as good as I've ever seen."
I always knew Zack would be a joy to watch in postseason play. You're welcome, baseball world.
Striking out a ton of hitters continues a trend for Carl, a right-handed reliever, who has K'd 17.8 batters per nine innings in 52.2 innings of work in the minor leagues. Yes, nearly two hitters per inning, with a grand total of 11 walks. Carl throws a fastball in the low-90's, a curveball and a changeup. As a 22-year-old in Single-A, there certainly is reason to be cautious about his future, but he'll be fun to watch. You can't help but root for a player who's posted video game numbers.