Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: Royals draftees didnt have a lot of initial success, as evidenced by a combined 42-94 record and last-place finishes by the organization's two short-season farm clubs. Catchers stood out, as Class A Spokane's John Draper (4) and J.D. Alleva (24) hit .261-6-31 and .283-2-38, respectively, while 3B/C Curtis Legendre (45) batted .321-0-9 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
Best Athlete: Kansas City talent evaluator Art Stewart, who has been scouting for 48 years, says OF Roscoe Crosby (2) reminds him of Ken Griffey Jr. The catch is that Crosby also was the top wide receiver recruit in college football as well, and hes going to juggle playing baseball with playing football at Clemson. Crosby could become a future NFL first-round pick, but the Royals already have invested a $1.75 million bonus in hopes of keeping him on the diamond.
Best Hitter: Crosby, who has four more receptions this fall than he had professional at-bats this summer. 3B Matt Ferrara (3), who like Crosby has yet to make his pro debut, has a nice approach at the plate and gap power.
Best Raw Power: Crosby.
Fastest Runner: Both Crosby and OF Victor Rosario (12) can get from the left side of home plate to first base in 4.0 seconds.
Best Defensive Player: A high school shortstop, Ferrara should be a solid average defender at the hot corner. Crosby has the tools to be a standout center fielder, but he needs to improve his instincts.
Best Fastball: The first high schooler known to have broken the 100-mph barrier, RHP Colt Griffin (1) throws harder than anyone in the 2001 draft. He had a three-month layoff between his high school season and signing, and he was all over the place in two short outings at Spokane. The Royals werent concerned, and his command returned in instructional league. RHP Clint Frost (6) is very raw, but hes also a very projectable 6-foot-7 and already reaches 97 mph.
Most Intriguing Background: Allevas father Joe is the athletic director at Duke, where J.D. played with his brother Jeff. OF Mervin Williams (19) was better known for his track exploits in high school, while unsigned 3B Bret Berglund (46) received more acclaim for his tennis skills.
Closest To The Majors: RHP Danny Tamayo (10) formed a tough senior tandem with Mets first-rounder Aaron Heilman at Notre Dame. Tamayo has an 88-92 mph fastball and a very good changeup, though he needs to refine his overhand curveball.
Best Late-Round Pick: SS Angel Sanchez (11) has good speed and a projectable bat.
The One Who Got Away: LHPs Daniel Zell (15) and Taylor Tankersley (39). Zell, who transferred from Angelina (Texas) JC to Houston, tops out at 90-91 mph but is inconsistent. Tankersley is less physical but has more pitchability, and he can throw 88 mph.
Assessment: Running his first draft for the Royals after scouting for a decade with the Braves, Deric Ladnier used the Atlanta approach of looking for speed, athleticism and power arms. If Crosbys signability hadnt been clouded by football, Kansas City might have taken him over Griffin in the first round. Instead, the Royals got them both.
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