Kansas City Royals

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 5 Kyle Zimmer RHP San Francisco Calif. $3,000,000
Zimmer was one of the best surprises in this year's draft class. He put his name on the map during last year's regionals by out dueling Gerrit Cole to beat UCLA. He improved his stock over the summer in the Cape Cod League and continued to shine in a year when Northern California was already brimming with talent. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Zimmer is extremely athletic. Along with baseball, he also played basketball and water polo in high school. His father played baseball at UC San Diego and his mother ran track for San Diego State. Zimmer's little brother, Bradley, is a highly-touted outfielder for the Dons. Kyle was recruited as a position player and only pitched five innings his freshman year before transitioning into the role full-time last year and now he's a candidate to be picked first-overall. Zimmer's fastball typically sits in the 94-96 mph range and gets as high as 99 and his hammer curveball is just as good. His changeup shows flashes, giving him the chance for three future plus pitches and he'll mix in an occasional slider that could be an average offering. Zimmer pounds the strike zone and throws all four pitches for strikes. He has a business-like approach on the mound and pitches with a bit of a mean streak, which scouts love. Zimmer's athleticism also helps him on the mound. He repeats his delivery well and fields his position like an extra infielder.
2 66 Sam Selman LHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $750,000
The Angels made a serious run at Selman when he was coming out of high school in Austin, Texas, drafting him in the 14th round. Selman instead headed to Vanderbilt, but he has not broken through as a star at the college level, in part because he pitched just 12 innings in his first two seasons for the Commodores. He got his work in the Northwoods League the last two summers, working a combined 86 innings and going 2-4, 3.89 for Mankato. Selman got his chance this spring but pitched his way out of the weekend rotation before working his way back into the mix, and his 8-3, 4.03 mark made him Vandy's most successful starter. He has added strength to his slender, 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame (he was 160 as a freshman), and he maintains his fastball velocity more consistently, sitting 91-94 mph and reaching 95. His inexperience on the mound shows, as he's not adept at making adjustments on his own, and scouts question his feel for pitching. His secondary stuff lacks consistency, and a wrap in his arm action inhibits both his control and release point on his slider and changeup. Selman has upside and needs innings, but he may not be an easy sign even as a Vanderbilt junior.
3 100 Colin Rodgers LHP Parkview Baptist HS, Baton Rouge La. $700,000
An Auburn signee, Rodgers had an up-and-down spring in terms of his velocity, and scouts who saw him with his best velocity like the 6-foot, 185-pound southpaw in the first three or four rounds. Rodgers' calling card last summer on the showcase circuit was his sharp breaking ball. At its best, it's a plus curveball thrown with some power in the 75-78 mph range. At times this spring Rodgers wore down and got on the side of his breaking ball, causing it to be a bit slurvier and less enticing for scouts. His fastball velocity usually resides in the 88-91 mph range, but at times Rodgers will pitch at 90 and touch 93, and he'll throw a lot of strikes with his two best pitches. Rodgers' changeup requires projection but he shows enough feel for pitching to get scouts thinking he can remain a starter.
4 133 Kenny Diekroeger 2B Stanford Calif. $500,000
Diekroeger's career has been a bit of a roller coaster. He emerged as one of the top high school prospects in 2009, showing great athleticism, and the Rays took him in the second round, but he turned down a reported $2 million offer to go to Stanford. He looked like he'd be one of the top prospects for 2012 when he hit .356/.391/.491 as a freshman, playing mostly at third base, but his performance since then has not matched expectations. While most scouts think he'll be an average hitter, he has never shown much power, and this season he was batting in the bottom third of the Stanford lineup. He did not play summer ball last year, instead working out to get in better shape, and scouts say he looked trimmer this year than he did at the end of last season. Diekroeger has soft hands and solid arm strength, and while he's athletic he's just an average runner, which limits his range defensively. He played shortstop as a sophomore and spent most of this spring at second base, though he had moved back to shortstop in recent weeks. He'll likely move to second as a pro, and some scouts say he'll end up as a utility player because his versatility is more valuable than his pure offensive or defensive skill. A team that believes he still has offensive upside will take him in the first five rounds, but he won't see another $2 million bonus offer.
5 163 Chad Johnson C Galesburg (Ill.) HS Ill. $340,000
Johnson may not have a present average tool, but he could develop into a catcher with solid tools across the board. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has a nice lefthanded swing, and while he needs more strength, he did homer into the right-field seats at Busch Stadium when Galesburg played there in April. His slightly below-average arm strength plays up because of his quick release and he shows the aptitude to become a good receiver. The Illinois State recruit is considered one of Illinois' more signable high school prospects, and crosscheckers were coming to see him late in the spring.
6 193 Zach Lovvorn RHP Oxford (Ala.) HS Ala. $275,000
Oxford High has three pitchers who could be drafted in Lovvorn and fellow righties Tucker Simpson (a 6-foot-7 Florida commit) and Jackson Stephens (an Alabama signee). Lovvorn was the team's No. 3 starter much of the season but started rising up draft boards with a strong one-hit effort in the National High School Invitational. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder showed an average fastball that touched 94 mph at times and had above-average life. At his best, his slider gave him an average secondary pitch, and he throws a changeup. Lovvorn's stuff backed up as he came under more scrutiny late in the spring.
7 223 Fred Ford OF Jefferson (Mo.) CC Mo. $125,000
Ford helped Jefferson (Mo.) CC reach the Junior College World Series, where he made the all-tournament team. He's fairly athletic and lean at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, and he stole 32 bases while hitting 13 homers. The biggest question with the righthanded hitter is whether he has enough power to profile at first base, and a pro team may try to move him to the outfield. He'll play at Western Kentucky if he doesn't sign.
8 253 Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado OF Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $50,000
Originally from Puerto Rico, Escalero-Maldonado is a showcase veteran who has committed to Stetson. His best tool is his speed, as he's a plus runner who generally covers 60 yards in around 6.6 seconds. He's a good athlete who has a chance to stay in the infield at the college level but would profile better in center field as a pro. He's a righthanded hitter with decent strength and surprising pop in his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. He's young for his draft year at just 17.
9 283 Daniel Stumpf LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
Stumpf threw seven shutout innings in the Region XIV championship game to send San Jacinto to the Junior College World Series for the sixth time in seven seasons. The Gators are usually loaded with pitching prospects, but this year Stumpf is their lone player who projects to get drafted in the first 15 rounds. The six-foot-2, 198-pound Stumpf works at 88-91 mph with his fastball and touches 94, maintaining his velocity deep into games. He has some armside run on his heater, which he backs up with an average changeup and an effective cutter/slider. He does a good job of throwing strikes and commanding his pitches. At 22, Stumpf is older than most junior college sophomores. He took off a year in high school to work and spent a year at Stephen F. Austin State as a student. Committed to NAIA power Lubbock Christian (Texas) for 2013, he's expected to sign.
10 313 Alexis Rivera OF/1B Montverde Academy, Kissimmee, Fla. Fla. $125,000
Rivera was a high school teammate of 2011 Indians first-round pick Francisco Lindor. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has above-average raw power as his calling card, and attended the 2012 Power Showcase as well. He’s a Florida International recruit who’s an average runner underway and has average arm strength.
11 343 Zeb Sneed RHP Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) Idaho $110,000
Sneed has a power-pitcher's build at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds. He has long legs, broad shoulders and still has room to add strength. His fastball tops out at 96 mph, but he lacks control right now. His best offspeed pitch is a fringy splitter. He throws an inconsistent curveball and tried to throw a slider this year, but didn't have a lot of feel for it. Sneed is athletic for his size and his delivery is fine, but he battles his tempo and his release point is inconsistent. Sneed started for the Crusaders but put up poor numbers for the stuff he has against Division II competition, going 7-4, 5.00 with 61 strikeouts and 46 walks over 67 innings. He wasn't good when Northwest Nazarene went down to Chico State early in the year, which may have stuck with some teams and kept him down some draft boards as a lot of crosscheckers were at the game because it was easy for them to triple-up that weekend considering how loaded Northern California was this year. Scouts who like Sneed buy into his athleticism, projection and arm speed and hope that with better coaching he'll learn how to throw more strikes and sharpen up his secondary stuff enough to be a threat out of the bullpen.
12 373 Jackson Willeford 2B Ramona (Calif.) HS Calif.
An Arizona recruit, Willeford is an undersized baseball rat with strength and feel for hitting, reminding Southern California scouts a bit of Tony Wolters, who signed with the Indians for $1.35 million in 2010. He has good strength in his 5-foot-9, 175-pound frame, and the lefthanded hitter excels at driving the ball into the left-center-field gap. He can also turn on balls with authority--he was hitting .419/.532/.849 with 10 homers through 111 at-bats this spring. Scouts who believe in his his power potential see Willeford as a lefthanded Marcus Giles type, but others see below-average power (think Aaron Miles, without the switch-hitting ability). He is an aggressive hitter with good pitch recognition and a chance to be a solid-average hitter down the line. Willeford has some thickness in his lower half, and he'll have to move from shortstop to second base in pro ball. His average arm will play there, and his hands and actions are adequate. He's an average runner, and his quality instincts help his tools play up a bit.
13 403 Hunter Haynes LHP Mexico (Mo.) HS Mo. $100,000
14 433 Parker Morin C Utah Utah
Morin was an iron man this year, starting all of Utah's 56 games, including 43 behind the plate, and led the team in batting (.314). Yet his best attribute is his defense. He's a quality receiver with average arm strength and solid leadership. He shows good hand-eye coordination in his lefthanded swing, but not a lot of juice, so he'll be mainly a singles hitter at the next level. Overall, he profiles as a backup in pro ball, and Utah expects him back for his senior season.
15 463 Dylan Sons LHP Halifax County HS, South Boston, Va. Va. $100,000
16 493 Austin Fairchild LHP St. Thomas HS, Houston Texas $350,000
Fairchild helped St. Thomas (coached by future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio) to consecutive Texas 5-A private-school titles in 2010 and 2011 and a runner-up finish this spring. Six-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he has added significant velocity in the past year and now works at 88-91 mph. He touched 94 last summer, though the extra heat has come with more effort and less fluidity in his delivery, which he struggles to repeat. He shows some feel for spinning the ball, though his breaker varies between a curve and a slider. He has committed to Texas Christian.
17 523 Ariel Estades OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
18 553 Justin Alleman RHP Holt (Mich.) HS Mich.
Add Alleman to the list of projectable high school pitchers who won't get drafted high enough and can't get paid enough under the new rules to have him turn pro. The Michigan State recruit is a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder who can hit 94 mph with his fastball and flashes a hard three-quarters breaking ball, but he's still raw on the mound. He doesn't repeat his delivery or arm angle, leading to command and inconsistency issues. He usually pitches at 89-90 mph and added some sink this spring. He has shown the makings of a changeup.
19 583 Andrew Triggs RHP Southern California Calif.
20 613 Shane Halley OF Virginia Va.
21 643 Matt Strahm LHP Neosho County (Kan.) CC Kan. $100,000
Strahm helped pitch Neosho County to its first Junior College World Series since 2003, leading national juco players in strikeouts (124 in 92 innings) and complete games (10) through the regional playoffs. A lanky 6-foot-3, 170-pound lefty with a long wingspan, Strahm is extremely projectable and still growing into his velocity. His fastball sat at 85-88 mph early in the season and registered as high as 92 later in the spring. His slurvy breaking ball and changeup are decent secondary pitches that are showing improvement. The Nebraska recruit has a clean delivery enables him to control all his offerings well.
22 673 Alec Mills RHP Tennessee-Martin Tenn.
Mills is a lean, lanky 6-foot-4, 170-pouder who built off his strong summer in the Texas Collegiate League. The former walk-on became the Skyhawks' ace based on his control of an upper-80s fastball that bumps 90 mph at times. He also throws a slurvy breaking ball and nascent changeup. He throws almost too many strikes, giving up nine homers and more than a hit an inning.
23 703 Kevin Allen RHP Texas Christian Texas
24 733 Beau Maggi C Arizona State Ariz. $100,000
25 763 Matt Tenuta LHP Apex (N.C.) HS N.C. $100,000
26 793 Mark Donato 1B Indian River (Fla.) JC Fla.
27 823 Ashton Goudeau RHP Maple Woods (Mo.) CC Mo.
28 853 Sam Bates 1B Arkansas Ark.
29 883 John Walter RHP Penn State Pa.
30 913 Ethan Chapman OF Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
31 943 Hayden Edwards RHP Blue Valley HS, Stilwell, Kan. Kan.
32 973 Patrick Conroy LHP Marin (Calif.) CC Calif.
33 1003 Evan Phillips RHP Clayton (N.C.) HS N.C.
34 1033 Marsalis Holloway OF Columbia State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
35 1063 Tyler Joyner LHP East Carolina N.C.
36 1093 Raphael Andrades OF Lincoln HS, Tallahassee, Fla. Fla.
37 1123 Jake Newberry RHP Mira Mesa HS, San Diego Calif.
38 1153 Carlos Urena OF Whitehall (Pa.) HS Pa.
39 1183 Justin Leeson OF Georgetown D.C.
40 1213 Taylor Kaczmarek RHP South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.