Before all the Bubba Starling hoopla overtook Kansas City fans this summer, another Royals first-round pick was projected to make a significant impact with the big-league club.
And much more quickly than Starling likely will.
Christian Colon, the Royals' top pick in 2010, continues to make steady improvement, at least enough to envision him as the final piece to the Royals' infield of the future.
Colon, 22, was drafted out of Cal State Fullerton as a shortstop.
But the Royals, more than pleased with the development of Alcides Escobar at that position, see Colon as a likely second baseman, even though they haven't mentioned any of this to him.
"Honestly, they haven't said anything to me like that," Colon said in a phone interview. "I've played shortstop most of my life, and I've been playing it in college and the pros.
"I played shortstop last year at high A (Wilmington) and this year at Double-A (Northwest Arkansas).
"I only got a couple of starts at second base this year."...