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Royals Rumblings - News for June 4, 2019

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Not much going on yesterday with yet another Royals Monday off-day.

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The Kansas City Royals drafted Bobby Witt Jr.

The Kansas City Royals drafted Bobby Witt Jr.

The Kansas City Royals drafted Bobby Witt Jr.

The Kansas City Royals drafted Bobby Witt Jr.

Read about the other two picks that Kansas City made last night here.

In the second round, with the 44th pick, the Royals selected shorstop Brady McConnell out of the University of Florida. McConnell was teammates with Snger and Kowar last year, although McConnell only appeared in nine games that year due to injury. This year he played in 59 games and hit .332/.385/.576 with 15 home runs and six steals as a draft-eligible sophomore.

Bobby Witt Jr. provides a clear risk and reward, writes our own Shaun Newkirk.

Over at Royals Farm Report, Marcus Meade wrote up a scouting report of his own on Brady McConnell.

His swing path is designed to hit the ball in the air with plenty of tilt. The swing will help him access his raw power, but his approach will need to improve to get the most out of his raw strength. He’s fooled by breaking pitches outside the zone too often and led the Gators in strikeouts with 57. So, he’s clearly got some swing and miss in his game.

In the field, McConnell has smooth hands and quick feet for a player with his height. He’s not a plodder at all. His strong arm allows him to make all the throws from short and could facilitate a move to third, as well.

Here’s what Rustin Dodd thinks Bobby Witt Jr. could mean for the Royals ($).

Witt is regarded as one of the best high school shortstop prospects in a generation. He can run and throw and possesses the power to transform major-league parks into bandboxes, even now, at age 18. He is talented enough that Jim Callis, a veteran draft reporter, conjured the most audacious of comparisons on Monday’s MLB Network draft telecast: Patrick Mahomes.

You want more Bobby Witt Jr.? Okay ($).

MLB.com’s day one draft coverage.

Over at Royals Farm Report, I wrote about how Bobby Witt Jr. and CJ Abrams will be linked for the rest of their careers.

Back in 2015, the MLB Draft saw one of the best SS classes in recent memory get taken 1-2-3. Dansby Swanson went #1 overall to the Braves. Alex Bregman went #2 overall to the Houston Astros. Brendan Rodgers went #3 overall to the Colorado Rockies. Swanson has finally come around at the plate a bit, flashing some of the power everyone knew he could possess. Bregman is a legitimate MVP candidate and Rodgers is one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

Check out Clint Scoles’ day one recap of the Royals draft.

The storyline of Day 1 of the MLB Draft for the Royals is definitely that first pick and Bobby Witt Jr. as the Texas High School senior was someone that Dayton Moore has met personally with for multiple days, the team has scouted since he was 14 years old, while scouting every game he’s played this season.

The Royals put Hunter Dozier on the IL yesterday. He’s eligible to return June 10th.

The injury will give a longer look at Cheslor Cuthbert, who was called up last week to replace Chris Owings, who was designated for assignment on Friday. Cuthbert homered in his first game back with the Royals, and is 5-for-12 (.417) but with six strikeouts over the weekend. The 26-year old was hitting .310/.370/.528 with eight home runs in 51 games for Triple-A Omaha.

Prosecutors decline to charge Julio Urias.

Andrew McCutchen suffers apparent leg injury.

Darin Erstad steps down as head coach at the University of Nebraska.

“El Chapo” denied outdoor exercise in prison due to escape fears.

More than 400 small earthquakes rattle Southern California.

Today’s song is “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney because it’s officially my last day of teaching for the year.