Welcome to Day Two of the Draft. It starts at noon, and they'll select Rounds 3-10. MLB used to just whip through their draft in a conference call that took an hour or two, but now they string it out over three days because....NFL! So enjoy extended coverage.
Here is Royals Scouting Director Lonnie Goldberg with his take on first round pick Brandon Finnegan:
"He’s developed a change-up which went from making him a borderline reliever/starter to definitely a full-fledged starter," Goldberg said. "We think he has a plus slider and a plus change-up to go along with a plus fastball. He’s got the make-up, the command and the bulldog in him that we were looking for."
Jim Callis of MLB.com talks about day one surprises. Lee's Summit West outfielder Monte Harrison seemed to fall further than expected.
One of the best athletes in the Draft, Harrison has a football scholarship to play wide receiver at Nebraska. He accounted for 29 touchdowns while helping Lee's Summit West win the Missouri Class 5 state title last fall, and averaged 16.4 points per game on the Lee's Summit West basketball team that finished third in the state. Harrison's raw power, speed and arm strength all grade out as above-average tools. He does have some issues with pitch recognition, and his price tag appears to have affected his market on Draft Day.
Who's at the top of your draft board? Do the Royals start drafting for need here? And by that I mean, more guys that can bunt?