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MLB Draft 2014: Royals 2010 draft retrospective

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


With the mlb draft coming up soon, its a good time to look back at recent drafts. I'll start with the 2010 draft class. The class of 2010 is in the process of final judgement. The College players have already had to go through addition to the 40 man roster or Rule V judgement. The High schoolers will go through it this year.

C for College, HS for High School, JC for Junior College

1) Christian Colon -C: Going into the draft, three players stood above the rest. Unfortunately, the Royals drafted 4. Even from the beginning Colon was seen as a reach and a questionable choice. He was seen to be a high floor low ceiling type. That floor however looks lower now than when he was first drafted. Because of his positional flexibility, he still has a good chance of making the majors as a utility infielder. But, he is unlikely to ever be an everyday player, although this is the team that employed Chris Getz for several years.

2) Brett Eibner:- C Seen as maybe a better pitcher than outfielder, the Royals gave him a chance to play in the field. A personal favorite of mine, I was excited about his fast start to the year. Unfortunately, he has dropped below average as a hitter since then. His ability to play centerfield and power potential give him a good chance to taste the majors. But, he is most likely a 4th or 5th outfielder at best.

3) Mike Antonio-HS: After failing twice at A ball, Mike finally succeeded this year and got his call-up to A+. In a short sample at Wilmington, he has shown a good eye and power, but poor contact. At the very least, bringing up another 3B has lit a fire under Hunter Dozier. Its hard to see him being protected from the rule V draft.

4) Kevin Chapman-C: Traded with D'Andre Toney for Humberto Quintaro and Jason Bourgeois to Houston. He has made the Majors and pitched in 31 games as a reliever.

5) Jason Adam - HS: Still seen as a possible 4/5 innings eater, he may have the highest ceiling of anyone drafted and signed in 2010. 2014 hasn't gone well for him, but as always he has games that make you think he has turned a corner. If Aaron Brooks can pitch for the Royals, you have to think that Jason will too. He is quite likely to be added to the 40 man roster this fall.

6) Scott Alexander-C: He has struggled in AA. But as a reliever there is still a slim hope he could make the Majors if he can learn control.

7) Eric Cantrell-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

8) Michael Mariot-C: Made his major league debut for KC in 2014. Has pitched in 6 games.

9) Whit Merrifield-C: Doing well in his third year at AA. But he is old for the level. Still his position versatility leaves him with a non-zero chance of making the Majors.

10) Tim Ferguson-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

11) Alex McClure-C: Retired after playing in the Marlins organization.

12) Danny Hernandez-JC: Released and no longer with the Royals.

13) Jonathan Gray-HS: Dayton really believed in this hard throwing High Schooler and wasn't going to let money get in the way of signing him. Today the young arms Gray, Ventura, Zimmer, Manaea, and Almonte make the Royals the envy of almost every other farm system in baseball.

Unfortunately in our universe, Gray wasn't signed. He later became the third overall pick for the Rockies. He will most likely be the most successful player drafted by the Royals in 2010.

14) Mike Giovenco-C: A pitcher who hasn't pitched since 2012, but is still listed as active on the Milb website.

15) Jason Mitchell-C: Another pitcher who hasn't pitched since 2012, but is still listed as active on the Milb website.

16) Chas Byrne-C: Retired.

17) Ryan Jenkins-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

18) Brian Fletcher-C: Even with a 425 Babip, he's a less than average hitter at AAA. That coupled with the fact he can only play LF means he is very unlikely to play in the Majors.

19) Kevin David-C: A catcher who hasn't played since 2012, but is still listed as active on the Milb website. Is there a glitch in 2012 for Milb.com?

20) Cameron Conner-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

21) Michael Liberto-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

22) Tyler Graham-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

23) Steven Neff-C: Did not sign.Drafted by the Giants in 2011.

24) Brandon Glazer-HS: Did not sign.

25) Buddy Sosnoskie-C: Did not sign.

26) Gates Dooley-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

27) Jose Rodriguez-JC: a 2B who hasn't played since 2012, but is still listed as active.

28) Murray Watts-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

29) Alex Marquez-HS: Released and no longer with the Royals.

30) Chad Blauer-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

31) Parker Bangs-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

32) Justin Hageman-HS: Did not sign.

33) Cole Lohden-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

34) Mark Blackmar-HS: Did not sign. Drafted by the Orioles in 2011.

35) Kris Carlson-JC: Did not sign.

36) Mitchell Beacon-C: Did not sign.

37) Robbie Penny-JC: A pitcher that hasn't pitched since 2011, but is still listed as active.

38) Nick Graffeo-C: A pitcher that hasn't pitched since 2012, but is still listed as active.

39) Alex Rivers-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

40) Dale Cornstubble-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

41) Matt Ridings-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

42) Mike Btelho-C: Did not sign.

43) Dillon Wilson-JC: Did not sign.

44) Shawn Payne-C: Did not sign. Drafted by the Giants in 2011.

45) Tom Zebroski-C: Released and no longer with the Royals.

46) Drew Robertson-C: A catcher that hasn't played since 2010, but is on the restricted list.

47) Darian Sandford-C: An outfielder that hasn't played for the Royals since 2011, but is listed as active. BA has him playing independent league ball in 2012

48) Jacob Hanneman-HS: Did not sign. Drafted in the third round of 2013 by the Cubs.

49) Jordan Propst-C: Did not sign.

50 Joe Jackson-HS: Did not sign. Drafted in the 5th round of 2013 by the Rangers.

The Royals went College heavy in 2010 drafting only 10 High Schoolers, signing only 4. In hindsight, the failure to sign Gray may be the biggest whiff of the draft. But even without the benefit of hindsight, the Colon pick has been troubling since day one.

If Jason Adam doesn't become a starter for a major league team, then the draft will likely only produce a few bit parts: relievers, utility infielders, and 4/5th outfielders.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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