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Kansas City Royals: Top prospects report

Matt Strahm gives the Royals a farmhand ready to contribute in the majors in 2017, but the prospect possibilities beyond him are less certain. Ed Zurga/Getty Images

I wrote in the farm-system rankings that the Royals have the best “if only” system out there, because you can run through their top 15 prospects and see a lot of potential upside if only this guy or that one stays healthy, if that other guy just calms down his delivery, if so-and-so develops a two-strike approach ... and so on. They’ve drafted and scouted for high-ceiling impact players, and I think they’ve identified the right athletes, but the last few classes coming into the system haven’t panned out so far.

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