The draft resumes this evening at 4 p.m. CT with coverage on ESPN 2 and MLB Network. There will be just four rounds today, Rounds two through five. The Royals will select fourth in every round, giving them picks #41, #76, #106, and #136, The Royals have $12,521,300 to sign their six picks, and with neither Asa Lacy nor Nick Loftin expected to sign substantially under slot, the Royals likely won’t have the flexibility to go after a difficult sign.
Some names to know for day two of the draft:
RHP Jared Kelley, Refugio HS (TX)
(BA rank: #12, MLB Pipeline rank #12)
Fastball in the upper 90s with a nice fluid delivery, could take a large bonus to keep him from playing at the University of Texas.
RHP J.T. Ginn, Mississippi State
(BA #23, MLB #44)
Was a first-rounder out of high school in 2018, but had elbow surgery after his first outing this year. Throws a high 90s fastball with a wipeout slider, but health is a concern.
RHP Cole Wilcox, University of Georgia
(BA #24, MLB #23)
Big kid at 6’5’’, 230 pounds with a high 90s fastball that can reach triple digits, struggled with command in 2019 but improved this year.
C Dillon Dingler, The Ohio State University
(BA #27, MLB #24)
Moved from center to catcher, flashes a strong arm. Good control of the strike zone, power is still a question, but he hit for power early this year, and improved toward the end of last year.
SS Casey Martin, University of Arkansas
(BA #38, MLB #30)
Toosly with great speed and arm strength. Shows good power potential but may be overly aggressive at the plate. Makes flashy plays at short, but lacks consistency and could move to center.
OF Daniel Cabrera, LSU
(BA #42, MLB #38)
Above-average raw power, hit 12 home runs for the Tigers in 2019, likely a left fielder at the pro level.
RHP CJ Van Eyk, Florida State University
(BA #46, MLB #39)
Postd a 3.81 ERA in 99 innings as a starter last year with 11 strikeouts-per-nine innings. Has a three-pitch mix with a low-90s fastball, an average curve, and average change.
RHP Masyn Winn, Kingwood HS (TX)
(BA #47, MLB #54)
Two-way player who could be taken as a speedy shortstop, but features a mid-90s fastball with a hard slider.
LHP Daxton Fulton, Mustang HS (OK)
(BA #52, MLB #43)
Huge kid standing at 6’6’’with a low 90s fastball and a big curve, but underwent Tommy John surgery.
OF Blaze Jordan, Desoto Central HS (MS)
(BA #90, MLB #42)
Star of viral Youtube videos showing his prodigous power, still just 17 years old after reclassifying for this draft. Plus raw power and a mature approach, expected to be a tough sign.
The pundits seemed to love what the Royals did on day one, can they keep it up on day two?