On Saturday, April 2, 2011, Royals fans in Kansas City will finally get a look at the future. Thirty minutes after the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, an exhibition game between the Triple-A Storm Chasers and the Double-A Naturals will take place and feature young stars like Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, and Aaron Crow.
Widely regarded as the best farm system in all of baseball, the Royals will finally show its fans what it has been stashing in its minor league cupboards for a few years. Not to put any pressure on anyone’s shoulders, but if the Royals want to compete in the next few years, this crop of youngsters will be integral to doing just that.
This begs the question; will Royals fans have more interest in the game against the Angels? Or, will they be more interested in seeing a glimpse of the future? I lean toward the latter. And kudos to the Royals management and marketing department for bringing the stars of tomorrow to the forefront of fans’ minds today.
Nothing against today’s brand of the Royals, I’m just intrigued to see some of the prospects live and in person. I want to come to my own conclusions about some of these guys and see that sweet Mike Moustakas swing and that scintillating Aaron Crow fastball in person.
Dreaming of “what could be” for the Royals is something that has been ingrained in me since 2003, the last year the Royals showed signs of life in the American League Central Division.
Officially, the future of the Royals will see Kaufman Stadium this April, but will be placed back on the shelf until 2012 and 2013. However, it should be noted that some of the aforementioned stars of the future are expected to have their proverbial cups of coffee with the big league squad in 2011.
It will be exciting to see these guys, but will one exhibition game quench the thirst for victory Royals fans have been deprived of for many years? Well, it will have to do for now.
Until then, Royals fans are stuck with the likes of Melky Cabrera, Jeff Francouer, Bruce Chen, and Jeff Francis. For me, it will be like getting a whiff of that mouthwatering steak house only to settle for value hamburgers from McDonald’s.
Who else will grace the stands with me on April 2nd to see the future of the Royals? Feel free to comment below.