We begin Day Two of the draft (only one more to go after this!) at noon CT today, with rounds 3-10 taking place. Things will wrap up tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the remaining 30 rounds. Coverage is available only online at MLB.com.
The Royals have gone all college pitchers with their first five picks, taking Florida righties Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar, Virginia lefty Daniel Lynch, Stanford lefty Kris Bubich, and Memphis right-hander Jonathan Bowlan. Here is what Fangraphs had to say about the Royals and their first day selections.
This one threw us for a loop because we had Kansas City on a bunch of high schoolers, and most teams with this number of picks would feel free to wade into riskier talent pools in this situation. It’s not a sexy class but each was a great-to-solid value where he was selected. We aren’t nuts for Brady Singer (we think he’s a fourth starter) but still think he was solid value at 18 and can’t believe Jackson Kowar and Daniel Lynch lasted into the 40s. If they slice a little bit off the top of one or two of these selections (Bowlan getting slot at 58? That’s $1.1 mil, not sure about that), they might still take a toolsy high schooler or a couple $500K prep arms.
Expect them to look for more hitters in rounds 3-10. The Royals will have the 18th pick in each round.
Here are the best available players, according to MLB Pipeline, with their pre-draft ranking:
19. Cole Wilcox, RHP, Heritage HS (Ga.)
23. Kumar Rocker, RHP, North Oconee HS (Ga.)
35. Tristan Beck, RHP, Stanford
40. Mike Siani, OF, William Penn Charter School (Pa.)
43. Adam Kloffenstein, RHP, Magnolia HS (Texas)
48. Blaine Knight, RHP, Arkansas
51. Tristan Pompey, OF, Kentucky
55. Nander De Sedas, SS, Montverde Academy (Fla.)
60. Konnor Pilkington, LHP, Mississippi State
63. Slade Cecconi, RHP, Trinity Prep School (Fla.)
You can expect those high school players to be pretty difficult signs, although if any team can sign them, it’s the Royals with the largest draft bonus poll in baseball. Wilcox and Rocker have already said on social media that they are keeping their commitments to college.