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Josh Staumont

#63 | RHP
Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals
Josh Staumont
Name: Joshua Tyler Staumont
Born: Dec 21, 1993 in La Habra, CA
College: Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (64th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2015 (signed for $964,600)
Good luck figuring out Staumont, one of the most fascinating players in the draft. He's an Anaheim prep product who spent one season at NAIA Biola (Calif.) before transferring to Azusa Pacific (Calif.), which is transitioning from NAIA to Division II, to follow pitching coach John Verhoeven, who made the same move. He's been throwing a fastball in the upper 90s the last two years after sitting in the upper 80s as a high school pitcher, and at his best in short stints, he's hit 100 mph with his heater. Scouts grade Staumont's fastball as a 70 pitch when he starts, as he looks like he's playing catch at 93-97 mph even as a starter. His curveball has low-80s power and snap at its best and can grade out as a plus pitch as well. Staumont's delivery has no obvious red flags and his arm action is clean; he has a solid pitcher's body at a listed 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and passes every eye test. Scouts can only speculate about Staumont's consistent inability to throw strikes, chalking it up to lack of focus and difficulty in corralling his premium velocity. The last two seasons at Azusa, he had 189 strikeouts but 94 walks in 144 innings (5.9 BB/9 IP), and he walked 23 in 26 total Cape Cod League innings. One of the draft's biggest enigmas also is one of its biggest arms.
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