A year ago, the Kansas City Royals set a draft record by spending $11.1 in bonuses, largely because they were willing to draft and sign players like Tim Melville, a first-round talent who slipped to the fourth round because of his bonus demands.
This year, it appears that Kansas City is again willing to spend to sign its draft class. Aaron Crow, the team’s first pick, should land a solid but not record-setitng deal, but the team’s next two picks are both players who will likely command above-slot bonuses.
After not having a second-round pick (lost for signing Juan Cruz). Kansas City drafted catcher Wil Myers in the third round. Myers was considered a likely supplemental first-round pick who could develop into an offensive catcher. But he’s also considered a tough sign who will cost well above third-round slot to sign. In the fourth round, Kansas City followed that up with Clemson freshman lefthander Chris Dwyer. Dwyer is the first-ever draft eligible freshman from a four-year college, which gives him more leverage than most–he can be redrafted three more times. With a 90-94 mph fastball and a plus curveball, Dywer was rated by most as a second-round talent, although there are some concerns that his fastball is flat.
Again, he will likely be asking for well above fourth-round slot, but if Kansas City can sign both Myers and Dwyer they will have landed a pair of supplemental first/second-round talents despite lacking a second-round pick.
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