Kansas City Royals

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 5 Bubba Starling OF Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan. Kan. $7,500,000
Starling is the best athlete in the 2011 draft. As a pitcher, he'd be a potential first-round pick as a 6-foot-5, 195-pound righthander with a fastball that touches 95 mph. He's also a gifted quarterback who earned a scholarship from Nebraska after leading Gardner-Edgerton to the Kansas 5-A state semifinals as a senior. Starling ran for 2,377 yards and 31 touchdowns last fall, while passing for 790 yards and eight more scores. Despite his ability on the mound and on the gridiron, his future is as a five-tool center fielder who resembles Drew Stubbs. Starling missed nearly a month with a quad injury this spring, but that didn't dent scouts' enthusiasm, and he homered twice in his first game back. His strength, bat speed and the leverage in his righthanded swing give him above-average power. His swing got long at times on the showcase circuit, but Starling did a nice job of shortening it and making consistent hard contact later in the summer. His speed is as impressive as his power, making him a basestealing threat and giving him plenty of range in center field. He has the power and arm strength to profile as a star in right field as well. Starling has faced little in the way of challenging high school competition and will need to smooth out rough edges in his game in pro ball, but that hasn't prevented him from making the short list of candidates to go No. 1 overall to the Pirates.
2 65 Cam Gallagher C Manheim Township HS, Lancaster, Pa. Pa. $750,000
At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Gallagher doesn't look like a high school player who can stick behind the plate, but until this spring his defense was considered superior to his bat. He has had a good season and showed improvement at the plate while endearing himself to scouts by playing with energy and taking batting practice with wood bats after games. Because he's big, Gallagher's swing can get long at times, but his strength helps him get by. He has strong hands and arms that allow him to hit to all fields. Scouts would like to see more feel at the plate from him, but he has the potential to bring an average hit tool and plus power to a premium defensive position. Gallagher's older brother Austin is a Dodgers farmhand, and they come from a baseball family. Though he is committed to East Carolina, the younger Gallagher seems interested in starting his pro career and could go in the first three rounds.
3 95 Bryan Brickhouse RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS Texas $1,500,000
Brickhouse is the latest strong-armed pitcher to come out of The Woodlands, which also spawned first-rounders Kyle Drabek (2006) and Jameson Taillon (2010). He won't go quite as high in the draft, and the Tar Heel State native may not be signable away from a North Carolina scholarship if he doesn't. Brickhouse will show good stuff at times, but he doesn't always maintain it past a few innings or throw strikes with it. He has two plus pitches in a 90-93 mph fastball that peaks at 95 and a spike curveball with 11-5 break. The curve sometimes morphs into a slider, and he has the beginnings of a changeup. Six-foot-2 and 190 pounds, he's not particularly big or athletic. He has effort in his delivery and doesn't always stay on top of his pitches. If he can develop consistency, Brickhouse might be a No. 3 starter. He also profiles well as a late-inning reliever who could focus on attacking hitters with his fastball and breaking ball. He helped his cause with a strong performance in the Texas 5-A state playoffs, striking out 11, 12 and 13 batters in his three starts.
4 126 Kyle Smith RHP Santaluces HS, Lantana, Fla. Fla. $695,000
Smith emerged as a scouts' favorite in South Florida when he was the top performer in the area this spring as a power pitcher and solid hitter. His future will be on the mound, whether in pro ball or in college at Florida. Smith was a showcase regular the last two years and showed average fastball velocity from a quick-armed, small-framed body. He has pushed that heater up to 95 mph at times this spring, though it still sits 88-92. He has good feel for spinning a breaking ball and has depth and some power on the curveball, which at times gets slurvy. Smith could be a tough sell to crosscheckers because of his size--he's listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds--but he does other things to endear him to evaluators. He keeps a quick, aggressive tempo, pitches with swagger, competes hard and has excellent baseball instincts. He's athletic and repeats his compact delivery. Some scouts point to Smith's family and expect him to get more physical. He could go out in the first three rounds.
5 156 Patrick Leonard OF St. Thomas HS, Houston Texas $600,000
Patrick Leonard hit a crucial three-run homer in the Texas state 5-A private school championship game, helping St. Thomas win the title, the second for coach Craig Biggio since he retired from the Astros in 2009. Power is the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder's carrying tool, though scouts wonder how it will play against better competition. He doesn't hit good velocity or breaking balls, and his righthanded stroke is long and features a big uppercut. While he has arm strength, he doesn't have the hands or actions to remain at shortstop. A below-average runner, he may have to move to first base or the outfield. A Georgia recruit, he's considered a difficult sign.
6 186 Cesar Ogando LHP Caribbean (P.R.) JC P.R. $150,000
Lefthander Cesar Ogando is a physical 6-foot-3 18-year-old who was eligible for the draft last year but wasn't selected. He's playing at a local junior college and touched 94 mph in the Excellence Games, a showcase event, in early May.
7 216 Kellen Moen RHP Oregon Ore. $45,000
Righthander Kellen Moen has pitched well out of the Oregon bullpen, leading the team with a .185 opponent average, and should be a solid senior sign. He pitches between 90-93 mph and can touch 94. He has a good changeup and a sharp curveball. He needs to show better feel for the curveball and throw it for strikes more often, but it has the tight rotation scouts like to see. He'll likely get a chance to start in the minor leagues.
8 246 Evan Beal RHP South County HS, Lorton, Va. Va.
South County High spent time in the national rankings this year, thanks in large part to righthander Evan Beal, a South Carolina commitment. Beal has an ideal pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds. His fastball velocity is below-average now at 85-87 mph, but his projection and ability to spin a breaking ball make scouts think he could take a big step forward. He just hasn't taken it yet. His breaking ball is a sharp slider.
9 276 Aaron Brooks RHP Cal State San Bernardino Calif. $90,000
Cal State Bernardino junior righty Aaron Brooks, a physical 6-foot-4, 220-pound strike-thrower. He pitches with a fringy fastball at 87-90 mph, occasionally bumping 91-92, as well as a fringy slider and changeup. He's aggressive and durable but lacks upside.
10 306 Matt Murray RHP Georgia Southern Ga. $75,000
Georgia's smaller college ranks will be better next year with Georgia Southern sophomores Chris Beck, a righthander, and national home run leader Victor Roache, an outfielder. The Eagles' top prospect this year is righthander Matt Murray, who was the Southern Conference pitcher of the year. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Murray has pro size and draft pedigree, as he was a 39th-rounder out of high school. He started for two seasons and struggled to put hitters away thanks to a below-average curveball and changeup. While those pitches improved this year, he was better because he attacked hitters out of a relief role with his fastball, often in the 90-92 mph range with sink, and his changeup now has similar life and plays average.
11 336 Jerrell Allen OF Milford (Del.) HS Del. $125,000
Jerrell Allen is an excellent athlete who gave up basketball and football to concentrate on baseball. He's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, but he's raw. He has a dead-hand set-up at the plate, and his swing will need to be overhauled.
12 366 Adam Schemenauer LHP Park Hill South HS, Riverside, Mo. Mo.
Lefthanders don't come much more projectable than Adam Schemenauer, who's 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds. He's still raw on the mound, often pitching in the mid-80s with his fastball, but he also touches 93 and has good life on his heater. He telegraphs his secondary pitches by slowing his arm speed. Schemenauer, who had shoulder soreness early in the spring, is expected to attend Louisville rather than turn pro.
13 396 Stephen Lumpkins LHP American (D.C.) D.C. $150,000
Stephen Lumpkins' best position may be as a forward on American's basketball team. He averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds a game last season. The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder is also a lefthander who can pitch in the high 80s, bumping 92 occasionally. The Pirates took him in the 42nd round in 2010 and he has made progress since then, throwing bullpens on a regular basis and cleaning up his delivery.
14 426 D'Andre Toney OF Gulf Coast (Fla.) JC Fla.
Gulf Coast outfielder D'Andre Toney drew scouts to the school with his athletic ability and performance, but he doesn't have a carrying tool to go in the first 20 rounds.
15 456 Dean Espy 1B UCLA Calif.
Physically mature at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Dean Espy lacks the raw power to project as an everyday first baseman in the big leagues, but he has strength in his line-drive swing and a chance to hit for average, with occasional home run pop. He has played third base in the past, but his range is better suited for first.
16 486 Jack Lopez SS Deltona (Fla.) HS Fla. $750,000
Shortstop Jack Lopez helped lead Deltona High to the state title game, where it lost to Jose Fernandez and Alonso High. Lopez is the son of Reds bullpen coach Juan Lopez and has the middle-infield actions to stay there in pro ball, with soft hands as his best attribute. He has the feel for the game you would expect from someone who has been a bat boy in big league games and hung around major league clubhouses. At 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, he's built for college ball and is signed with Miami.
17 516 Nick Cuckovich 3B Riverside (Calif.) JC Calif.
18 546 Andy Ferguson RHP Arkansas State Ark.
Ferguson throws strikes with an upper-80s fastball and gets strikeouts with a solid split-finger pitch that helps him compete well against lefthanded hitters.
19 576 Matt Flemer RHP California Calif.
Closer Matt Flemer has the fearlessness scouts love to see. He's a strike thrower who sits 88-92 mph with a good slider, and teams may wait to sign him as a senior.
20 606 Terrance Gore OF Gulf Coast (Fla.) JC Fla.
Terrance Gore is a 5-foot-7 freshman from Macon, Ga. whom one coach compared to Deion Sanders in terms of speed. Gore is listed at 170 pounds and has drawn comparisons to former Chipola JC outfielder Darren Ford as a right-right center fielder with minimal power. His arm is also well below-average, but Gore's top of the scale speed should get him drafted in the first 15 rounds.
21 636 Kenny Swab C Virginia Va.
Kenny Swab hasn't seen much time behind the plate because of Hicks, but he has a plus arm and could get a chance in the later rounds. He was hitting .311/.443/.426.
22 666 Dave Middendorf LHP Northern Kentucky Ky.
23 696 Lance Harper C Scottsdale (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
24 726 Spencer Patton RHP Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Ill.
25 756 Mark Threlkeld 3B Louisiana Tech La.
26 786 Joseph Moorefield LHP Clemson S.C.
27 816 Lee Clubb OF Iowa Park (Texas) HS Texas
28 846 Jordan Ramsey RHP North Davidson HS, Lexington, N.C. N.C.
Jordan Ramsey, Logan Jernigan and Jason Creasy have all shown upper-80s stuff in the past, but didn't take a step forward as hoped this spring. Jernigan and Creasy are both committed to North Carolina State, while Ramsey will pitch for UNC Wilmington
29 876 Jake Junis RHP Rock Falls (Ill.) HS Ill. $675,000
Righthander Jake Junis might go in the top 10 rounds if he were signable in that range, but it may take early-round money to lure him away from North Carolina State. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has more athleticism, feel and aptitude for spinning a breaking ball than Nick Burdi. Junis usually pitches at 88-91 mph, shows the potential for a plus curveball and has a developing changeup. He has the body and easy delivery to remain a starter. He could stand to rein in his cockiness. Junis also shows promising power potential as a third baseman and may play both ways for the Wolfpack. He's also a star basketball player who averaged 19 points and six rebounds a game as a senior.
30 906 Christian Binford RHP Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy Pa. $575,000
Originally from Hagerstown, Md., Binford is a 6-foot-7 righthander who was committed to Virginia. He's already had Tommy John surgery when he was a sophomore in high school. He attended a private school in Pennsylvanio and didn't pitch much as a junior as he recovered, but was heavily recruited thanks to his big 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame. His fastball has touched 93 mph at its best and sits around 90, and he also throws a slider and a changeup. He went 9-2, 0.57 with 83 strikeouts and just seven walks as a prep senior in 61 innings
31 936 Chris Serritella 1B Southern Illinois Ill.
Southern Illinois first baseman Chris Serritella, who hit 13 homers and figured to be the state's best college hitting prospect, took a redshirt year after breaking his right wrist in a intrasquad game.
32 966 Nick Piscotty RHP Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton, Calif. Calif.
33 996 Abel Gonzales LHP Rice Texas
34 1026 Ali Williams RHP Charleston Southern S.C.
35 1056 Gabriel Gray OF Hazelhurst (Miss.) HS Miss.
36 1086 Christian Witt RHP Truman State (Mo.) Mo.
37 1116 Matt Wessinger SS St. John's N.Y.
38 1146 Andrew Durden RHP Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
Nova Southeastern has a late sleeper in outfielder Andrew Durden, whom scouts know well from stints at Florida State (last year) and Indian River JC. At 5-foot-11, 211 pounds, Durden was a two-way player in juco and just pitched at Florida State, then came to Division II Nova to hit. He has tools, with present strength and solid power as he smashed 16 home runs and slugged .721. His inexperience as a full-time hitter showed, with 57 strikeouts in 197 at-bats. Durden has excellent bat speed, an above-average arm and above-average speed, and he switch-hits. The intriguing raw package should get him drafted in the first dozen rounds.
39 1176 Garrett Mattlage SS West HS, Stinnett, Texas Texas
40 1206 Ben Waldrip 1B Jacksonville State Ala.
41 1236 Travis Lane C Central Arizona JC Ariz.
42 1266 Joey Hawkins 2B Sinclair SS, Whitby, Ontario Ontario
43 1296 Tyler Chism OF Gonzaga Wash.
44 1326 Andrew Vasquez LHP Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif.
45 1356 Julio Morales RHP Bethune-Cookman Fla.
46 1386 Adrian Bringas 3B Chico State (Calif.) Calif.
47 1416 Patrick Corbett RHP Tabb HS, Yorktown, Va. Va.
48 1446 Matt Beaty C Dresden (Tenn.) HS Tenn.
49 1476 Adrian Morales 3B South Carolina S.C.
50 1506 Kash Kalkowski 3B Nebraska Neb.