After 20 rounds of drafts, the Royals will welcome new players to the organization this week as draftees begin signing. The Royals have a bonus pool of $12,313,500 to spend on their picks. If a team exceeds their total bonus pool, they will incur penalties. A team that exceeds their bonus pool by 0-5 percent will pay a 75 percent tax on the overage. If a team exceeds their pool by more than 5 percent, they will lose a future first-round pick. If they exceed by more than 10 percent, they will lose a second-round pick as well, plus pay a 100 percent tax on the overage. If a team exceeds their pool by 15 percent, they will lose two first-round picks, plus pay the 100 percent tax on the overage.
Each of the picks in the first ten rounds is assigned a slot value that the Royals can sign a player above or below that number. After that round, each pick has a slot value of $150,000 where anything above that must come out of the bonus pool, but there are no savings if you sign someone below that number.
The Royals have also signed some undrafted free agents:
OF Noah Barber, Blue Valley North HS (Kansas)
The Kansas City-area native is a two-sport athlete who was committed to play football at the University of Kansas. He stands 6’4’’ with some good raw power.
RHP Connor Fenlong, Indiana State University
Fenlong is a New York native who throws 91-93 mph with sink to his fastball. He went 11-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 76 strikeouts and 31 walks in 114 2⁄3 innings for the Sycamores.
LF Eric Kennedy, University of Texas
Kennedy is a redshirt senior - he’ll be 24 in September - but he did produce for the Longhorns with added power this year, smacking 17 home runs and hitting .306/.378/.588 although he doesn’t walk much.
RHP Doug Kirkland, Florida State University
The redshirt junior had a 6.86 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 32 walks in 39 1⁄3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
The Royals are expected to sign first-round pick Blake Mitchell, a high school catcher out of Texas who is committed to LSU, and many expect him to sign for underslot. There are reports 11th round pick Jared Dickey, an outfielder from the University of Tennessee, will also sign, likely for overslot. Our Preston Farr has reported that the Royals have come to terms with Competitive Balance B round pick Carson Roccaforte, an outfielder from Louisiana-Lafayette.
Here is the 2023 Royals draft class, who has signed, and for what amount. We will keep this updated as more news on signings is made available. The deadline to sign players is July 25.
Last updated: July 19
First-round pick Blake Mitchell has signed.
1st-rder Blake Mitchell signs w/@Royals for $4.9 million (pick 8 value = $5,980,100). Texas HS C, best prep backstop in @MLBDraft by a wide margin, lefty bat w/tools to hit for power & average, agile defender, big-time arm up to 97 mph on mound. Louisiana State recruit. pic.twitter.com/OTZpZwfWce— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 15, 2023
July 19 update: 19 of the 21 picks have signed.
Royals 2023 draft class tracker
|1||8||C Blake Mitchell||Sinton HS (TX)||$4,900,000||$5,980,100||-$1,080,100|
|2||44||P Blake Wolters||Mahomet-Seymour HS (IL)||$2,800,000||$1,951,600||$848,400|
|CB-B||66||OF Carson Roccaforte||U. of Louisiana-Lafayette||$900,000||$1,158,900||-$258,900|
|3||75||P Hiro Wyatt||Staples HS (CT)||$1,497,500||$960,000||$537,500|
|4||106||P Hunter Owen||Vanderbilt University||$631,700||$634,200||-$2,500|
|5||142||OF Spencer Nivens||Missouri State University||$472,500||$446,700||$25,800|
|6||169||P Coleman Picard||Bryant University||$345,500||$345,500||$0|
|7||199||3B/P Trevor Werner||Texas A&M University||$350,000||$269,200||$80,800|
|8||229||SS Dustin Dickerson||University of Southern Mississippi||$197,500||$213,500||-$16,000|
|9||259||P Jacob Widener||Oral Roberts University||$137,500||$183,200||-$45,700|
|10||289||SS Justin Johnson||Wake Forest University||$57,500||$170,600||-$113,100|
|11||319||OF Jared Dickey||University of Tennessee||$572,500||$150,000||$422,500|
|12||349||P Logan Martin||University of Kentucky||$297,500||$150,000||$147,500|
|13||379||P Ethan Bosacker||Xavier University||$150,000||$150,000|
|14||409||P Mason Miller||Florida Gulf Coast University||$150,000||$150,000|
|15||439||P Chase Isbell||Auburn University||$150,000||$150,000|
|16||469||P Josh Hansell||Arizona State University||$150,000||$150,000|
|17||499||P Connor Oliver||Miami University (OH)||$100,000||$150,000|
|18||529||C Stone Russell||IMG Academy (FL)||$150,000||$150,000|
|19||559||OF Donovan LaSalle||Barbe HS (LA)||$150,000|
|20||589||SS Blake Wilson||Santa Margarita Catholic HS (CA)||$150,000|
|Additional five percent overage||$615,675|