Royals Draft Report Card
BEST PURE HITTER:
|The Royals didn't match last year's record $11 million-plus draft outlay but still spent $5.6 million, going over slot for their top three picks. If this draft class doesn't pan out, it will be because the Royals didn't evaluate, not because they didn't spend.
: The Royals thought about taking Will Myers (3) 12th overall because of his polished bat. He has a smooth swing he repeats well and quick, strong hands that help him catch up to good fastballs. >> BEST POWER HITTER:
: Myers has the potential to hit 20-25 home runs down the line, if not more, thanks to the leverage generated by his sturdy 6-foot-3 frame. >> FASTEST RUNNER:
: SS Justin Trapp (34) was committed to play football as a quarterback at Coastal Carolina, but his 6.6-second speed over 60 yards plays well on the baseball diamond as well. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Another two-sport athlete, OF Lane Adams (13), has the present speed and plus arm to fit in center field, but the Royals expect the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder to fill out and be an above-average right fielder in time.
Velocity, command and life on his heater made RHP Aaron Crow (1) a two-time first-round pick. He can pitch at 92-96 mph with command and hard sink. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Crow has used a plus slider as a stirkeout pitch. LHP Chris Dwyer (4) signed for $1.45 million as a freshman out of Clemson thanks to a 90-94 mph heater and plus curveball that at times is a true hammer. He was a true freshman thanks to an extra year in elementary school and one year at prep school.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT:
Myers hit .369/.427/.679 overall in 84 at-bats in two Rookie-level stops. RHP Patrick Keating (20) struck out 47 in 33 innings and saved nine in 24 games, finishing at high Class A Wilmington. Venezuelan LHP Claudio Bavera (33) went 4-0, 0.44 with 21 strikeouts in 21 innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League. >> BEST ATHLETE:
Trapp and Adams, who had a Missouri State basketball scholarship. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
: A shooting guard, Adams averaged 32 points a game as a senior to lead Red Oak High to a state championship and ranks fifth in Oklahoma prep history with 3,251 points. RHP Cole White (6), a drummer and singer who also happens to throw in the mid-90s at times, co-wrote a song that was submitted for Grammy Award consideration. RHP Josh Worrell (30) is the son of ex-Cardinals reliever Todd Worrell. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Crow, soon to be 23 and making his pro debut in the Arizona Fall League after signing in September. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Keating, whose fastball touches 95 and whose two-seam sinker can reach 91-92, also pounded the strike zone as a pro with a solid hard slider. Lane and Tripp have a ways to but higher upsides due to their athleticism. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
RHP Mike Morin (40) improved his stock as the No. 1 prospect in the MINK League this summer, hitting 93 mph with his fastball and showing a good curveball, but North Carolina swooped in late to add him to its recruiting class.