Rays manager Joe Maddon knows a little something about projecting talent -- or at least seeing it in its nascent stages.
In Kansas City facing the Royals, Maddon told the Kansas City Star he sees what the Royals are doing with their young talent and likes the direction they're headed.
“They got some interesting folks over there, no question,” Maddon said of the Royals’ young players. “I can see what they’re doing from a distance. Being a developmental guy, I like what they’re doing. I know it’s going to pay off. You gotta be patience. That’s the most difficult part about it is being patience.
“But once you are patient, eventually the rewards are going to come back to them. They’ve got a tradition in this city baseball-wise. I think they have one of the best baseball venues in all of baseball right here – I love this place.
“I loved what they originally had. I loved the little bit of the (renovation). It’s tremendous; it’s a great place to play baseball."
The Royals' young talent has been hyped all offseason, with many people calling it the best collection of minor-league talent they've ever seen, or at least in recent memory.@cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.