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An Update on the Royals 2014 Draft

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How all the Royals most recent draftees are faring in their professional debuts

Rnd Name Pos Drafted Out of Level(s) YTD
1 Brandon Finnegan LHP Texas Christian University (Fort Worth TX) A+/AA 0.79 ERA 7.5 K/9 1.2 B/9
1 Foster Griffin LHP The First Academy (Orlando FL) Low-Rk 4.26 ERA 6.2 K/9 5.7 B/9
1 Chase Vallot C St. Thomas More HS (Lafayette LA) Low-Rk .227/.328/.436 7 HR 67/22 K/B
2 Scott Blewett RHP Baker HS (Baldwinsville NY) Low-Rk 5.50 ERA 11.5 K/9 5 B/9
3 Eric Skoglund LHP University of Central Florida (Orlando FL) Adv-Rk 5.09 ERA 9.8 K/9 3.5 B/9
4 D.J. Burt SS Fuquay-Varina HS (Fuquay-Varina NC) Low-Rk .219/.308/.281 2 HR 18/12 K/B
5 Corey Ray RHP Texas A&M University (College Station TX) Low-Rk 3.34 ERA 6.7 K/9 2.1 B/9
6 Logan Moon OF Missouri Southern State University (Joplin MO) Low-Rk .316/.346/.429 2 HR 33/9 K/B
7 Brandon Downes CF University of Virginia (Charlottesville VA) Adv-Rk .345/.394/.538 3 HR 27/7 K/B
8 Ryan O'Hearn 1B Sam Houston State University (Huntsville TX) Adv-Rk .379/.457/.611 10 HR 46/30 K/B
9 Brandon Thomasson OF Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville TN) Adv-Rk .250/.282/.380 1 HR 27/6 K/B
10 Nick Green LHP University of Utah (Salt Lake City UT) Adv-Rk 4.38 ERA 8.8 K/9 0.7 B/9
11 Robert Pehl OF University of Washington (Seattle WA) Adv-Rk .358/.424/.487 3 HR 29/19 K/B
12 Emilio Ogando LHP St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens FL) Adv-Rk 0.92 ERA 5.9 K/9 4.6 B/9
13 Eric Stout LHP Butler University (Indianapolis IN) Adv-Rk 4.09 ERA 8.2 K/9 2.9 B/9
14 Ian Tompkins LHP Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green KY) Low-Rk 2.61 ERA 9.6 K/9 11.3 B/9
15 Corey Toups SS Sam Houston State University (Huntsville TX) Adv-Rk .304/.442/.466 2 HR 32/38 K/B
16 Manny Olloque (minors) 3B Torrance HS (Torrance CA) Low-Rk .317/.343/.413 0 HR 4/1 K/B
17 Brennan Henry LHP Bellevue University (Bellevue NE) Low-Rk 4.35 ERA 7.8 K/9 7.8 B/9
18 Alberto Rodriguez RHP Northwest Florida State College (Niceville FL) Adv-Rk 6.10 ERA 3.5 K/9 11.3 B/9
19 Scott Heineman OF University of Oregon (Eugene OR) DNS; returns to Oregon
20 Kyle Pollock C University of Evansville (Evansville IN) Adv-Rk .292/.353/.400 2 HR 11/12 K/B
21 Evan Beal RHP University of South Carolina (Columbia SC) Low-Rk 7.04 ERA 5.9 K/9 3.5 B/9
22 Mike Hill SS California State University Long Beach (Long Beach CA) Adv-Rk .284/.333/.411 2 HR 36/15 K/B
23 Eric Sandness RHP San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton CA) Low-Rk 6.75 ERA 8.7 K/9 8.7 B/9
24 Brandon Thomas LHP San Diego State University (San Diego CA) Adv-Rk 3.86 ERA 9.3 K/9 5.4 B/9
25 Rudy Martin OF Lewisburg HS (Olive Branch MS) Has not played
26 Michael Arroyo C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (Gurabo PR) DNS
27 Alex Close C Liberty University (Lynchburg VA) DNS; returns to Liberty
28 Joshua Banuelos 1B Fresno Pacific University (Fresno CA) Low-Rk .290/.358/.395 2 HR 17/10 K/B
29 Vance Vizcaino 3B Glendale Community College (Glendale AZ) DNS; goes to Indy Ball?
30 Ryan Lillard (minors) 3B Urbandale HS (Urbandale IA) DNS; goes to ASU
31 Rocky McCord RHP Auburn University (Auburn AL) DNS; returns to Auburn
32 Timothy Hill LHP Bacone College (Muskogee OK) A-Rk/A 1.56 ERA 12.5 K/9 3.1 B/9
33 DonAndre Clark OF St. Mary's College of California (Moraga CA) Adv-Rk .257/.325/.295 0 HR 28/18 K/B
34 Todd Eaton RHP Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Carbondale IL) Low-Rk 3.27 ERA 9 K/9 4.1 B/9
35 Andrew Sykes LHP Valparaiso HS (Valparaiso IN) DNS; goes to Heartland CC
36 Brandon Gonzalez OF Villa Park HS (Villa Park CA) DNS
37 David Noworyta C Holy Cross HS (Delran NJ) DNS; goes to Hawaii
38 Cole Way LHP University of Tulsa (Tulsa OK) Low-RK 2.35 ERA 7 K/9 2.3 B/9
39 Jeff Hendrix OF Oregon State University (Corvallis OR) DNS; returns to OSU
40 Diego Francisco 2B Palm Beach Central HS (Wellington FL) DNS

Hitting you right out of the gate with a big ol' spreadsheet. Nothing too crazy in today's article. Just a review of the 2014 draftees and some highlights. I'll let you peruse the list yourself and point out any observations or comments you've got.

- Brandon Finnegan has been excellent. I wasn't super high on him and placed him 30th overall on my Top-50 pre-draft board, but he's been worthy of the top-10 consideration he got pre-injury. A decent bet to see major league action this year from the bullpen. My guess is he won't be there long term. He's received some left-handed Marcus Stroman comps...which is nice.

- Chase Vallot has hit 7 home runs as a 17 year old while being 3 years younger than the average competition. The big slugger has shown his rawness in the contact department and chasing pitches, but has an 11.5% BB%.

-  Ryan O'Hearn has been crushing the Pioneer League since his debut. The bat always had some good power and he showed excellent strike zone skills at Sam Houston. Is on his way to becoming a guy and is currently on the watch list. Will get some top 20 love from me in the offseason I'd bet.

- Corey Toups has walked 6 more times than he's struck out as well as hit for strong power. Sam Houston teammates with Ryan O'Hearn. Like O'Hearn, Toups is a guy to watch. He's played SS for Idaho Falls so far, but a move to 2B is likely on the horizon.

- Timothy Hill has struck out a batter in every appearance except for two games including 6 outings of 2 or more strikeouts and a 2 inning outing where he struck out 5 batters.

- Cole Way has been profiled by FanGraphs but in case you missed it, he's a tall reliever and might be the tallest player in all of baseball. Rather than playing baseball in college, he was the punter for the football team. He then picked up a baseball for the first time in years after being drafted. That might be an exaggeration, but he certainly didn't focus on baseball.