Kansas City Royals

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 4 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton Calif. $2,750,000
As a junior at Anaheim's Canyon High, Colon played second base and formed a double-play combo with Grant Green, the 13th overall selection in last year 's draft by the Athletics out of Southern California. Colon was a 10th-round pick of the Padres 2007. Disappointed that he was not chosen earlier, he went off to play at Cal State Fullerton, where the 6-foot, 200-pounder has emerged as one of the nation's premier middle infielders. Colon was enjoying a brilliant summer in 2009 when he broke his leg when sliding in a game against Canada. Chosen as Team USA's captain, Colon still earned Summer College Player of the Year honors, but the injury seemed to contribute to a slow start to his 2010 season. A three-homer game against Washington in late March seemed to revive his bat, though, and his numbers were back in familiar territory. One of the nation's better hitters, Colon uses a distinct upper-cut in his swing, looking to lift and drive the ball. That approach is not typical for a smaller middle infielder, but Colon shows terrific bat speed as his barrel connects with the ball. He also is patient and makes consistent contact; despite his power approach, he's one of the toughest players to strike out in Division I thanks to excellent barrel awareness. He's a skilled hitter who hits behind runners, bunts and executes the hit-and-runs effectively. Defensively, Colon's range is limited, and his speed and arm are below-average for a shortstop. He does exhibit fluid and quick fielding actions and his playmaking ability is outstanding. His frame offers little room for projection, and offensively he can be streaky. For scouts who focus on what he can do, his tremendous hands and footwork, as well as his bat control, make him a future big league regular, best suited as an offensive second baseman.
2 54 Brett Eibner OF/RHP Arkansas Ark. $1,250,000
Eibner is the best two-way prospect in the 2010 draft. Teams are evenly split about whether he has more potential as a pitcher or an outfielder. A fourth-round pick out of high school by the Astros, he has impressive power in his arm and bat. He has added significant polish as both a pitcher and a hitter this spring, making the decision about his future no easier. After not pitching during the fall while recovering from a mild elbow strain sustained in the Cape Cod League, he has refined his command and secondary pitches. His fastball velocity can be inconsistent, as he'll sit at 88-91 mph during some games and 92-94 in others, peaking at 97. His mid-80s slider/cutter is a plus pitch at times, and he has improved his feel for a changeup. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has a loose delivery that he repeats well. Eibner also has considerable upside as a power hitter. He can crush the ball to all fields, and he has done a better job this year of recognizing pitches and using the opposite field. Though he's strictly a righthanded hitter in games, he wowed Cape observers with a lefty batting-practice display last summer. His arm is an asset in the outfield, and while his solid speed and athleticism give him a chance to stick in center field at the next level, he projects more as a right fielder. Eibner's preference is to hit, but it remains to be seen if he'll get his wish. He didn't hurt his cause by hitting three homers in the Razorbacks' regional opener against Grambling State, his first game back after missing the Southeastern Conference tournament with a hairline fracture in his right hand.
3 86 Mike Antonio SS Washington HS, New York N.Y. $411,000
Antonio, who is from the same high school that produced Manny Ramirez, ranked as the No. 56 prospect on BA's High School Top 100 list last fall after a strong showing on the showcase circuit, highlighted by an MVP performance at the Summer Rivarly Baseball Classic Invitational last August at Fenway Park. But scouts were disappointed with him this spring, and his stock dropped. On the right day you'll see him hit well and square balls up, but often he has a big swing with a pull-happy approach. He has a wide open set-up and a big leg kick, and his righthanded swing is longer than it was last year. His 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame generates solid raw power, but he is still learning to tap into it. Scouts say he also has become thicker and slower than he was last year. He was an average runner in the past, but scouts clocked him up the line as slow as 4.6 seconds this spring. He has a tendency to be a little too flashy at short, at the expense of making the routine play. He has good hands but tends to get himself in the wrong position to field the ball, and his arm is fringe-average. He's probably good enough to play shortstop in college but figures to outgrow the position in pro ball. A St. John's recruit, Antonio projects as a sixth- to 10th-round pick.
4 119 Kevin Chapman LHP Florida Fla. $250,000
Since playing high school ball with Gators teammate Matt den Dekker, Chapman has been drafted twice, out of high school in 2006 (Tigers, 42nd round) and last year (White Sox, 50th round). Entering this season, he had thrown fewer than 50 innings for the Gators, thanks mostly to having Tommy John surgery in 2008. He pitched just 11 innings coming back from the surgery in the 2009 season and entered 2010 as a wild card. However, he emerged quickly as Florida's go-to reliever, replacing departed Billy Bullock, a 2009 second-rounder of the Twins. Scouts like Chapman's stuff better than Bullock's, and he could go higher if clubs sign off on his medical reports. Chapman attacks hitters with a 92-94 mph fastball that has touched 95, and his dastardly slider is a strikeout pitch with two-plane depth. Chapman throws a lot of fastballs, and his changeup works off it well, giving him a solid third offering that he rarely needs. Some scouts wonder if the repertoire and his solid 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame could lead Chapman to a starting role, but his medical history and strong results in relief have most projecting him as a pro closer. Chapman could be the first college closer selected.
5 149 Jason Adam RHP Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan. $800,000
Adam began the year as the highest-rated pitching prospect in Kansas. Though Ryne Stanek has since surpassed him, Adam pitched well enough at the start of the season that the state might have had two high school pitchers drafted in the first three rounds for the first time ever. Early in the spring, he had a low-90s fastball that topped out at 95 and also spun a good curveball. His stuff tailed off, however, making it more likely that he'd follow through on a strong commitment to Missouri. Adam's changeup shows enough promise that he eventually could have three average-or-better pitches with good control. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, he's more physical than Stanek, and he also repeats his delivery more consistently.
6 179 Scott Alexander LHP Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif. $125,000
Graded on stuff and talent alone, Alexander would be a lock for the top three rounds of this draft. But a bumpy college track record with an uneven history of performance clouds his resume. The younger brother of former Marlins pitching prospect Stuart Alexander, he was a highly scouted pitcher out of high school in Santa Rosa, Calif. He started his college career at Pepperdine but left after his sophomore year and enrolled at Division II power Sonoma State. Despite a fastball that gets up to 93 mph and a decent changeup, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Alexander struggled early on for the Seawolves. He improved as the year went along but still finished with a 3-6, 4.50 record. Alexander's command improved as the year went along, due in part to lowering his slot a bit and getting more movement on his pitches. He continues to need to work on his breaking ball, which is a slider.
7 209 Eric Cantrell RHP George Washington D.C. $125,000
Righthander Cantrell has a below-average fastball, but has had success with a good changeup. As George Washington's Friday starter he went 8-4, 3.67 with 114 strikeouts and 27 walks in 101 innings. He has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, providing hope that he could develop more velocity.
8 239 Michael Mariot RHP Nebraska Neb. $100,000
Michael Mariot was the best pitching prospect on the Cornhuskers this season. He has a 91-92 mph fastball that tops out at 94, though it's fairly straight and hittable. He also has an effective curveball and decent changeup, and he does a good job of throwing strikes and competing. Though he's just 6 feet and 195 pounds, he showed his durability by pitching into the seventh inning in each of his final 12 starts.
9 269 Whit Merrifield OF South Carolina S.C. $100,000
Merrifield spent most of the season in right field and has experience in the infield and center. He's the best athlete among South Carolina's draft-eligible group, with 6.7-second speed in the 60 and team-highs in 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases. Merrifield earns Ryan Freel comparisons and plays with a swagger that defies his 6-foot, 165-pound frame
10 299 Tim Ferguson OF Mississippi Miss. $75,000
Ferguson was a middle infielder for two years at Ole Miss before making a smooth move to center field as a junior. He's athletic, with his plus speed, his best tool, helping him steal 42 bases the last two seasons in just 47 tries. A return to the infield would help his value as a future utility player. He didn't make consistent contact in college but did learn the value of taking a walk as a junior.
11 329 Alex McClure SS Middle Tennessee State Tenn. $110,000
The state's darkhorse will be summer follow McClure, a Middle Tennessee State shortstop who missed the season while sitting out as a transfer from Vanderbilt. McClure attended Walters State JC, then went to Vanderbilt before transferring. His father is the baseball coach at Austin Peay. McClure's best tools are his arm strength and hands. Defensively, he's an above-average defender at shortstop at the college level and could stick there as a pro. He has improved his strength while sitting out and will be followed closely as he plays in the Coastal Plain League this summer.
12 359 Danny Hernandez RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
Miami-Dade's ace, Danny Hernandez, is a righthander who threw well at the state tournament, touching 93 mph out of a bullpen role, and he competes well with his fastball, changeup and slurvy slider. His breaking ball is probably a bit short for pro ball.
13 389 Jon Gray RHP Chandler (Okla.) HS Okla.
While Oklahoma State landed Realmuto, rival Oklahoma locked up most of the state's best high school players, including righthanders Jon Gray and Cale Coshow, lefthander Dillon Overton and lefthander/outfielder Cayle Shambaugh. The best prospect of that group is Gray, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder who has an 88-93 mph fastball and a hard slider. He struck out 20 over nine innings in his final high school start, a playoff game his team lost in the 10th.
14 419 Mike Giovenco RHP North Park (Ill.) Ill.
Righthander Giovenco once again has drawn scouts to North Park, an NCAA Division III school with an enrollment of 3,000. A 6-foot-6, 235-pounder who pitches at 90-92 mph and touches 95, he broke his own school single-season strikeout record with 101 in 83 innings. He also has a hard curveball, but area scouts aren't totally sold on his stuff. He opens up and doesn't get much extension in his delivery, putting stress on his shoulder and making his fastball more hittable, and he tips off his curve. They also question why Giovenco, who redshirted at Illinois-Chicago in 2007, didn't sign for $75,000 last year as a 26th-round pick of the Twins.
15 449 Jason Mitchell RHP Texas-Arlington Texas
Mavericks righthander Jason Mitchell turned in one of the more stunning performances of the college season, breaking Clay Hensley's Southland Conference record with 18 strikeouts and pitching 8 2/3 no-hit innings Missouri State on March 4. Mitchell's stuff isn't as overpowering as that outing would suggest, as he thrives by commanding an 87-90 mph fastball that tops out at 92, and mixing it with a fringy array of secondary pitches that includes a cutter, slider, curveball and changeup. His pitching savvy makes him a solid senior sign.
16 479 Chas Byrne RHP East Tennessee State Tenn.
17 509 Ryan Jenkins C Auburn Ala.
18 539 Brian Fletcher OF Auburn Ala. $275,000
The son of ex-big league infielder Scott, Fletcher is a different player than his dad. Scott was a bat-control middle infielder, while Brian is a slugging left fielder known for his power. Fletcher should join Chad Bettis, Derek Dietrich and Brett Eibner as unsigned members of the Astros' 2007 draft class who go in single-digit rounds in 2010. Fletcher has a pro mentality, shaking off failure well, which comes in handy because he has 192 strikeouts in 612 at-bats at Auburn (31 percent). Fletcher's more athletic than Kevin Patterson, so he's capable of being an average left fielder as a pro. While he lacks Patterson's pure strength and size, he has electric bat speed and can catch up to good fastballs. He's just too aggressive early in counts and gets himself into pitcher's counts too often.
19 569 Kevin David C Oklahoma State Okla.
A high school shortstop, Kevin David converted to catcher when he arrived at Oklahoma State and missed the 2008 season after having Tommy John surgery. He's still smoothing out rough edges behind the plate, but he does have arm strength and power potential. The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder is a better athlete than most catchers, too. He's a redshirt junior who turned down the Cubs as a 35th-round pick last year.
20 599 Cameron Conner OF Indiana Southeast Ind.
21 629 Michael Liberto SS Missouri Mo.
22 659 Tyler Graham RHP Nevada Nev.
23 689 Steven Neff LHP South Carolina S.C.
24 719 Brandon Glazer SS Clear Spring (Md.) HS Md.
25 749 Buddy Sosnoskie OF Virginia Tech Va.
26 779 Gates Dooley RHP Henderson State (Ark.) Ark.
27 809 Jose Rodriguez OF Miami Dade JC Fla.
28 839 Murray Watts 1B Arkansas State Ark.
29 869 Alex Marquez C Alfonso Casta Martinez HS, Manaubo, P.R. P.R.
30 899 Chad Blauer RHP Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
31 929 Parker Bangs RHP South Carolina S.C.
32 959 Justin Hageman RHP Hopkinsville (Ky.) HS Ky.
33 989 Cole Lohden RHP Southern Arkansas Ark.
34 1019 Mark Blackmar RHP Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas Texas
35 1049 Kris Carlson RHP Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) CC Wash.
36 1079 Mitchell Beacom LHP UCLA Calif.
37 1109 Robbie Penny RHP Pitt (N.C.) CC N.C.
38 1139 Nick Graffeo RHP Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
39 1169 Alex Rivers RHP Santa Clara Calif.
40 1199 Dale Cornstubble C Central Michigan Mich.
41 1229 Matt Ridings RHP Western Kentucky Ky.
Righthander Ridings led Western Kentucky in wins in each of his four seasons, setting a school record and tying a Sun Belt Conference mark with 34 (against just nine losses) in his career. He doesn't have size (6 feet, 195 pounds) or overpowering stuff in his favor, but he has tremendous feel for pitching and competes hard. He commands his 88-91 mph fastball, which touches 93, repeats his decent slider well and battles lefthanders with his changeup. Area scouts love him and he could move into the top 10 rounds as a senior sign, though his draft status became cloudy when he missed his Sun Belt tournament start with elbow inflammation. (UPDATE: Ridings' elbow injury turned out to be a torn ligament that will require Tommy John surgery.)
42 1259 Mike Botelho C Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
43 1289 Dillon Wilson LHP Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
44 1319 Shawn Payne 2B Georgia Southern Ga.
45 1349 Tom Zebroski SS George Washington D.C.
46 1379 Drew Robertson C Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
47 1409 Darian Sandford OF Park (Mo.) Mo.
48 1439 Jacob Hannemann OF Lone Peak HS, Highland, Utah Utah
49 1469 Jordan Propst RHP South Carolina S.C.
50 1499 Joe Jackson C Mauldin HS, Greenville, S.C. S.C.