The new Royals' Top 30 list featured a newcomer -- outfielder Brewer Hicklen checks in at No. 21, thus representing the biggest jump of any previous Royals prospect. Left-hander Foster Griffin had the biggest drop, going from No. 10 to No. 29.
Hicklin was hitting .288 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs through 74 games combined at Class A Lexington and Class A Advanced Wilmington.
Here's what MLB Pipeline said of the Royals' farm system: "This system is on the upswing. The Royals started the year with an interesting nucleus of young position players in outfielders Khalil Lee and Seuly Matias, catcher MJ Melendez and first baseman Nick Pratto. Then they focused on college pitching in the Draft, beginning with spending three first-rounders on right-handers Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar plus left-hander Daniel Lynch."
Big rookie test Royals manager Ned Yost is eager to see how his three rookie starters -- Brad Keller, Heath Fillmyer and Burch Smith -- will perform over the next three days, as all three make their first starts at Yankee Stadium.
"It's Yankee Stadium and a great lineup," Yost said. "That's the challenge.
"I don't know if they're going to be nervous. But it's Yankee Stadium and a special place to play baseball. You're in New York, playing the Yankees. It was special to me.
"It will be interesting to see how they do. It's not going to be make or break for them. It's just part of the learning process."