#37 Kurt Mertins
Drafted: 13th Round, Pick 377 in 2006 Rule IV Draft
College: College of the Desert
Mertins has been fairly consistent during his time with the Royals organization and while Dayton Moore was not in charge of the 2006 draft, he wasn't a Baird selection either. Mertins has played nearly all of his games at second base, but has also got some experience at third. This will play to his favor as he continues to progress through the system and maybe one day attempts to make a major league roster. Mertins has displayed a decent average and on base percentage throughout his career, but his slugging percentage has been lacking. I rank Mertins as the second best second base prospect in the system and the closest to reaching the majors. I expect Mertins to start the season in Omaha and perhaps one day he can make the majors as a bench utility player maybe even getting an occasional opportunity to win a starting job. This season in Omaha I would like to see him continue to develop offensively and get more experience at third and maybe in the outfield.