22-Year-Old Third Baseman – Kansas City Royals
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Cuthbert took another big step forward in 2014, as a slash line of .276/.342/.420 and career-best totals in home runs (10) and steals (nine) for Double-A Northwest Arkansas earned him an August promot...
Cuthbert was promoted to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.
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Kansas City Royals Roster
MajorsAdams, Lane (OF)
AAABlewett, Scott (P)
AAArguelles, Noel (P)
A+Almonte, Miguel (P)
AAntonio, Mike (SS)
RookieFukofuka, Amalani (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
As expected, Cuthbert opened the 2013 season with a return to High-A ball, but he earned a promotion to Double-A with a strong first half that saw improvements across the board from power to plate discipline. He regressed a bit with the increase in level thanks in large part to a rate-killing .246 BABIP, but managed to continue his power development and saw his ISO increase to a .143 mark, which seems to be more indicative of where he could end up as he continues his ascension through the Royals' farm system. With continued development at the plate, he should be able to maintain a better average and on-base percentage, which could help him advance at a quicker rate. However, while his defense remains a strong part of his game, his mid-level power is more likely to settle him in as more of a utility player than someone the Royals would like to see become a full-time player at the hot corner. He appears destined to spend a full season at the Double-A level with a remote possibility of advancing another level by the end of the season.
Despite the fact that he struggled at the plate during his second professional season, batting just .240 with seven home runs and a .296 OBP, there is still plenty of raw talent and promise to be found in the 19-year-old Cuthbert. The Nicaraguan native has a surprisingly good grasp of the strike zone, can spray the ball to all fields and makes decent contact when he does connect. What he needs to do now is harness his power and learn to drive through the ball and pick up that .082 ISO that he posted last year. Defensively, he is sound and most within the organization feel that, even as he matures and fills out, he will be able to stay at the hot corner rather than require a switch to second base or the outfield. He'll probably return to High-A again to open the 2013 season with the potential to move up to Double-A at some point. He is obviously a few years away still but definitely someone to keep on your radar.
An 18-year-old international signee from Nicaragua, Cuthbert spent 2011 at Low-A Kane County, where he hit .267/.345/.397 with eight home runs and 51 RBI in 342 plate appearances. He profiles as a hitter who should develop power as he fills out, while maintaining his ability to hit for average. Being that he's so early in his development, Cuthbert is more of a dynasty league target at this time. He should start 2012 at High-A Wilmington, where owners will want to begin tracking the Royals' prospect, if they haven't already.