Sixteen of the Royals’ 50 draft picks have reached contract agreements, including ninth-round pick Aaron Brooks, a right-handed pitcher from Cal State-Bernardino, and 10th-round pick Matthew Murray, a right-handed pitcher from Georgia Southern.
Truman State right-hander Christian Witt, selected in the 36th round, was also among the signings. The others:
No. 14 center fielder D’Andre Toney of Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College; No. 17 shortstop Nicholas Cuckovich of Riverside (Calif.) Community College; No. 18 right-hander Andrew Ferguson of Arkansas State; No. 20 center fielder Terrance Gore of Gulf Coast Community College; No. 22 left-hander David Middendorf of Northern Kentucky.
No. 23 catcher Lance Harper of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College; No. 25 third baseman Mark Threldkeld of Louisiana Tech; No. 34 right-hander Ali Williams of Charleston Southern; No. 35 center fielder Gabriel Gray of Hazlehurst (Miss.) High School.
No. 38 right-hander Andrew Durden of Nova Southeastern; No. 41 catcher Travis Lane of Central Arizona College; No. 43 outfielder Tyler Chism of Gonzaga; and No. 45 right-hander Julio Morales of Bethune Cookman.