Kansas City Royals

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 12 Aaron Crow RHP Fort Worth (American Association) Texas $1,500,000
Crow, then at Missouri, was the top righthander in last year's draft, and the Nationals were thrilled to get him with the ninth overall pick. But they never found any common ground in negotiations with his agents, Alan and Randy Hendricks, and the signing deadline passed with Crow seeking $4 million and turning down $3.5 million. Now he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Tigers teammate Max Scherzer, who parlayed a stay in Fort Worth into a $4.3 million big league contract with the Diamondbacks. Crow had the best fastball package in the 2008 draft, with velocity (92-96 mph), hard sink, command and the ability to maintain it into the late innings. He showed the same heater in his first two exhibition and three regular-season starts with the Cats, and flashed the plus slider that overmatched college hitters. He's still regaining the sharp command he had in 2008, when he threw 43 consecutive scoreless innings at Missouri. Crow used his downtime to get stronger and to work on his changeup. There's some effort to his delivery, and some teams wonder if his mechanics and size (generously listed at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds) will make him more of a closer than a frontline starter. In either case, he should go in the first 10 picks again and shouldn't require much time in the minors. He's believed to be seeking at least $4 million, yet is in the mix for the Padres at No. 3 and the Pirates at No. 4.
3 91 Wil Myers C/3B Wesleyan Christian Academy, High Point, N.C. N.C. $2,000,000
Myers emerged last summer and fall as one of the more intriguing bats in the class, and he earned first-round buzz as the year progressed despite poor private-school competition in North Carolina. Most clubs were judging him based on his strong showcase performance, where he showed the athleticism and feel for hitting to project as an average or above-average big league bat. Scouts consider him one of the draft's safer hitters, with a smooth swing he repeats and quick, strong hands. He has the bat speed and leverage to produce future power. A South Carolina recruit, Myers plays all over the field for his high school team--showing upper 80s velocity as a pitcher--but scouts want to try him behind the plate, where he's shown solid catch-and-throw tools. He has yet to handle premium stuff on a consistent basis, so there's no guarantee he'll remain a catcher. An average runner, he has even drawn Dale Murphy as a comparison, right down to a move to right or even center field if catching doesn't work out. Myers doesn't figure to last past the supplemental round.
4 122 Chris Dwyer LHP Clemson S.C. $1,450,000
After prepping with Phillies 2008 first-round pick Anthony Hewitt in Connecticut, Dwyer turned down the Yankees as a 36th-round pick last year to enroll at Clemson. Unlike most college players, he knew he wouldn't have to wait three years to re-enter the draft. Because of his background, which includes being held back in elementary school and an extra high school year at Salisbury Prep, he is a draft-eligible freshman, already 21 years old. Dwyer's physical maturity helped him dominate at times, including six straight strikeouts in his debut against Charlotte. Dwyer's maturity is still that of a freshman, however, in that he's been unable to sustain his top-shelf stuff from start to start. An excellent athlete who was a standout quarterback in high school, Dwyer has shown the ability to throw two plus pitches for strikes at times. His fastball can sit in the 90-94 mph range when he's at his best, and his curveball is a plus pitch and a true hammer. He didn't have too many instances of being in trouble or having runners on base in high school, and that lack of experience might be why he's susceptible to the big inning. He hasn't challenged hitters in conference play, with 21 of his 24 walks coming in nine ACC games. He hasn't quite figured out how to battle through jams and execute pitches when he needs to get out of trouble. Being a draft-eligible freshman also clouds his signability, but he has more stuff and pitchability than some of his lefthanded peers in the draft.
5 152 Louis Coleman RHP Louisiana State La. $100,000
One of the best college seniors in the 2009 draft, Coleman has starred in three of his four seasons at Louisiana State, though he went from starting on Friday nights as a freshman to scuffling in the bullpen as a sophomore. Things got so bad in 2007 that the Tigers tried to convert him into a sidearmer at the end of the season, but he got back on track when he returned to a low three-quarters slot early in 2008. He has gone 21-3 the last two seasons and was named the Southeastern Conference's 2009 pitcher of the year after taking an 13-2, 2.76 record with 124 strikeouts in 114 innings into the College World Series. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph with good run and sink, and he has touched 95 as a reliever. When he stays on top of his slider, it's a solid pitch. Hitters have trouble picking up his pitches because he throws across his body and has a low arm angle. He throws quality strikes and competes. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has served as both as starter and reliever for LSU. He projects in the latter role as a pro because he works primarily with two pitches and has a resilient arm, and he should move fast as a reliever. Coleman has been drafted twice previously, in the 28th round out of high school by the Braves and in the 14th round last June by the Nationals.
6 182 Cole White RHP New Mexico N.M. $100,000
Like Washington's Brian Pearl, White is another third baseman that found success in short stints after moving to the mound. White came to New Mexico via Paris (Texas) JC, where he was a 30th-round selection by the Cubs last year. His fastball was consistently between 92-93 mph this spring, but he touched 95 on multiple occasions. White--who also co-wrote a song submitted for Grammy consideration--has improved his control throughout the year, but needs to clean up the moving parts in his delivery to continue that refinement. His 83-84 mph slider is a little flat at this point, mostly sweeping across the plate and not getting the two-plane break scouts look for. As a reliever in New Mexico, he's been a tough player to crosscheck, which could affect where he goes in the draft. He'll likely join a minor league starting rotation to get more experience, but profiles as a reliever.
7 212 Buddy Baumann LHP Missouri State Mo. $100,000
Baumann battled his control last spring as a sophomore but straightened it out in the Cape Cod League, where he won the all-star game. He had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in the fall but bounced back quickly--and strongly, winning Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of the year honors by going 11-1, 3.23 with 101 strikeouts in 86 innings. Baumann is small (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) and doesn't overpower hitters, but he can pitch. He's willing to work inside with his fastball, which sits at 89-91 mph early in games and dips to 86-89 in the later innings. He gets good life on his pitches from a three-quarters delivery, and he can drop down lower to confound hitters. His curveball and changeup are solid, and he does a nice job of mixing his pitches to keep batters off balance. He'll vary the shape and speed of his curve, making him even tougher to decipher. "If he were 6-foot-1," one scout said, "he could go in the second round." He's more likely to go in the fifth or sixth.
8 242 Dusty Odenbach RHP Connecticut Conn. $150,000
Odenbach went 2-3, 3.34 with 48 strikeouts in 35 innings as a junior middle reliever for UConn this spring. He worked in the 88-90 mph range for most of the spring, and most scouts regarded him as someone to watch during his senior year in 2010 thanks to his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame. But his velocity spiked down the stretch, as he ran his fastball up to 93 mph and flashed an average slider and splitter at times.
9 272 Ben Theriot C Texas State Texas $100,000
Ben Theriot shut down the running game as well as any college catcher in 2009, throwing out 18 of 24 basestealers. His arm strength is just average, but he enhances it with quick feet and a fast release. He's a decent receiver. Six-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he's a lefthanded hitter with an inside-out approach.
10 302 Geoff Baldwin 1B Grand Junction (Colo.) HS Colo. $100,000
Baldwin shows light-tower power from the left side of the plate in batting practice, but scouts view him as a four o'clock hitter. He doesn't have a load to his swing and it's all off his front foot, and scouts don't believe he's ready to hit professional pitching with a wood bat. Baldwin is committed to Nebraska next season.
11 332 Ryan Wood RHP East Carolina N.C.
Wood has plus arm strength and a fairly athletic body. He profiles as a utilityman as he lacks a true position, without the range or agility to stay at second base full-time as a pro. He has big-time arm strength but has pitched sparingly in college, touching 94 mph.
12 362 Nick Wooley RHP William Woods (Mo.) Mo.
Righthander Nick Wooley blossomed at William Woods, his third school in three years. After stops at Rend Lake (Ill.) CC and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, he has shown one of the best curveballs in the Midwest, a tight 12-to-6 hammer. He also has an 88-91 mph fastball, though it lacks life and sits up in the zone when he pushes it into the low 90s. He has a skinny 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame, so scouts worry about his durability.
13 392 Lane Adams OF Red Oak (Okla.) HS Okla. $225,000
14 422 Crawford Simmons LHP Statesboro (Ga.) HS Ga. $450,000
Crawford Simmons is a Georgia Tech signee who was considered a tough sign in the first five rounds. Simmons' fastball is a shade shy of average. but he's projectable at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and his curveball and changeup are solid-average with more potential.
15 452 Scott Lyons SS Arkansas Ark.
16 482 Eric Diaz LHP New Mexico JC N.M.
17 512 Ben Tschepikow 2B Arkansas Ark.
18 542 Brendan Lafferty LHP UCLA Calif.
19 572 Ryan Stovall 3B Thomas (Ga.) Ga.
20 602 Patrick Keating RHP Florida Fla.
21 632 Chanse Cooper OF Belhaven (Miss.) Miss.
22 662 Ryan Dennick LHP Tennessee Tech Tenn.
Lefthander Ryan Dennick may have earned a draft spot by throwing very well against Clemson in regional play, working off an 88-90 mph fastball for seven innings.
23 692 Scott Kelley RHP Penn State Pa.
Penn State senior righthander Scott Kelley split time between starting and relieving this spring and posted numbers similar to Reed's: 4-5, 6.03. Kelley is a bit undersized at 6 feet, 200 pounds, but he's got athleticism and arm strength. His fastball sits at 90-91 and tops out at 94, though it can be straight and up in the zone. Kelley's secondary stuff is below-average, and he figures to be drafted around the 15th round thanks to his arm strength.
24 722 Zack Jones RHP Santa Teresa HS, San Jose Calif.
25 752 Richard Folmer RHP Stephen F. Austin State Texas
26 782 Matt Frazer 1B Nitro (W.Va.) HS W.Va.
27 812 Gabe MacDougall OF Lynn (Fla.) Fla.
28 842 Eric Peterson INF Liberty HS, Spangle, Wash. Wash.
29 872 Nick Zaharion OF South Fork HS, Stuart, Fla. Fla.
30 902 Josh Worrell RHP Indiana Wesleyan Ind.
31 932 Brian Peacock LHP Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif. $110,000
Peacock, projectable at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds with an easy arm action, throws a mid- to high-80s fastball and a sharp curveball. Peacock, just 19, needs to develop his changeup, but his other attributes figure to draw late-round draft attention.
32 962 Luke Voit C Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo. Mo.
33 992 Claudio Bavera LHP Cochise (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Cochise brings in players from all over the globe, and one of its prospects is from Venezuela. Keep an eye on lefthander Claudio Bavera as a potential late-round pick. He's a little undersized at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, but that's less of an issue for lefthanders. Bavera generally pitches around 86 mph, but he can reach back and dial it up to 90-91 for short stints. He has a hard breaking ball that he aims at the back foot of righthanded batters, and an average changeup. Bavera has a rubber arm and very good work ethic.
34 1022 Justin Trapp SS Fairfield Central HS, Winnsboro, S.C. S.C. $125,000
35 1052 Levi Cartas OF Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Marysville, Wash. Wash.
36 1082 Fabian Roman RHP Marist HS, Bayonne, N.J. N.J.
37 1112 Tanner Poppe RHP Girard (Kan.) HS Kan.
Poppe was much better known as a football and basketball star before he hit 93 mph at the World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., last fall. He had been recruited by NCAA Division I-A football programs as a tight end before giving up football as a senior, and he led Girard to runner-up finishes in the last two Kansas state 4-A basketball tournaments. His athleticism is evident on the mound as well, as he uses his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame to throw low-90s fastball with little effort. Poppe is still a work in progress on the mound, as he works mainly with his heater and still is refining a curveball and changeup. He's an outstanding student, so he could be difficult to sign away from a Kansas scholarship. Poppe may not be signable enough to go early in the 2009 draft but could develop into a premium pick for 2012.
38 1142 Arthur Owens SS Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. Ga.
39 1172 Art Charles 1B Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
40 1202 Mike Morin RHP Shawnee Mission South HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan.
41 1232 Joey Lewis C Georgia Ga.
Backup catcher and DH Joey Lewis hit 19 home runs and would be a nice sleeper pick if not for a below-average arm, slow transfer and a somewhat ugly swing. He collapses his back side to produce power, causing lots of swing and miss (67 strikeouts in 238 at-bats) but also above-average raw power.
42 1262 Jon Keck LHP Bethel (Tenn.) Tenn.
43 1292 Jeff Soptic RHP Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan. Kan.
44 1322 Derrick Hudgins SS Middleton HS, Tampa Fla.
45 1352 Derek Spencer 3B Bowling Green State Ohio
46 1382 Hudson Randall RHP Dunwoody (Ga.) HS Ga.
47 1412 Anthony Howard OF Quince Orchard HS, Gaithersburg, Md. Md.
48 1442 Kevin Kuntz SS Union HS, Tulsa Okla.
49 1472 Zac Fisher C Miller HS, Fontana, Calif. Calif.
50 1502 Anthony Scirrotto SS Penn State Pa.