Kansas City Royals 2011 draft list with info on each player
So, I was suppose to do the off numbers and I failed miserably do to time and bad luck..Clint did his usual great work and did the even numbers…So, I am going to open this up to you…if you want to do a report on any one of the players we do not have info on…please do (no copy and paste please) and get them to us thru the comment section on this article...here is the complete list of Royals picks…it should be easy to see which players we do not have reports on
Quick Analysis by Clint Scoles
Best Pick : Bubba Starling
Favorite Pick : Kyle Smith – seems like a polished kid with some upside
Most Phyical Position Player: D’Andre Toney – from talkin to the coach he has a pretty full toolbox
Biggest Upside: Bryan Brickhouse – Big time fastball big size could develop into a top notch prospect
Might Surprise Top 30 Rd:¬† Jack Lopez¬†and Jake Junis – both tough signs with plenty of athletic ability
Might Surprise Rd 31-50:¬† Christian Witt – local kid with 91-94 FB and decent Curve
#1 Bubba Starling- Gardner HS, Gardner, KS
Terrific athlete with all 6 tools….as a pitcher he touched 94 so you are talking about ¬†a plus arm in CF. We all know about the Nebraska football commitment but I would not worry about that now. I would worry about it in 3 or 4 years if he is going through a tough time as a pro. But, sky is the limit and he has a chance to become a legend in this city.
2nd Rd #65 Overall – Cameron Gallagher ¬†Manheim Township, PA
6’3 210 lbs Catcher
Cameron has shown good pop times but is a bit slow footed meaning he’ll have to stay in shape and continually work on his quickness or find a place at 1b. ¬†He should fill out nicely with his big frame and despite having a long swing has good power which could develop into bigger power down the road. ¬†Baseball America had him ranked as the #64 ranked player. ¬†He should be an easy sign having a brother already playing minor league ball and taking BP with wood bats after games to show for scouts. ¬†Video via Baseball Factory
3rd round- Bryan Brickhouse- The Woodlands HS, Houston, TX
Bryan has a commitment to the University of North Carolina. A power arm that is projected to throw in the mid 9′s he went to the same high school as Jameson Tallion, Kyle Drabek and current Royals prospect Brett Eibner. He could be a very tough sign as he was born in North Carolina and his grandfather has close roots to the baseball team.
4th Round #126 Overall – Kyle Smith West Palm Beach, FL
6′ 167 lbs RHP
Smith is my favorite pick of the draft outside of Bubba showing 88-92 mph speed on his fastball while on the showcase circuit but popping some mid 90s stuff this spring. ¬†He has shown a good feel for a curveball and changeup as well as being very athletic. ¬†He earned a comp to Roy Oswalt by Perfect Game but I would compare him more to Tim Hudson as a guy who uses that 3/4 arm slot and doesn’t drive like Oswalt. ¬†Plenty of video on YouTube of Kyle
5th round- Patrick Leonard SS St.Thomas HS (TX)
Leonard looks like a future 3B and his coach at St.Thomas Craig Biggio raves about his defensive ability and power potential. He has committed to play college ball at Georgia. He has a strong arm and as a pitcher threw around 87
6th Round #186 Overall – Cesar Ogando Carribean University
6’3 210 lbs LHP
Ogando was eligible for the draft last year but went undrafted after taking some time away from organized ball due to no college programs in Puerto Rico Ogando shocked some by hitting 94 on the guns at the Excellence Games in early May. ¬†He is a big bodied guy who will need to develop his offspeed stuff but a project worth taking and still only 18 years old.
7th round- RHP Kellen Moen
The old man of this draft so far…at 23. A native of Alaska who arrived at Oregon after a fine 2 year career at El Camino JC. He lead the Ducks with 8 saves this year and opponents hit just .185 against him.
8th Round #246 Overall Evan Beal
6’5 195 lbs RHP
The Royals have taken a liking to the South Carolina program (good reason CWS Champs) recently drafting players within the program Whit Merrifield, Steven Neff, Parker Bangs, Jordan Propst as well as commits to the program like Wil Myers and the newly drafted Beal. ¬†Evan is currently throwing in the high 80s but with that size could see spike in velocity. ¬†Beal currently throws a slider which will likely get converted to a curve in the Royals org as well as refining his changeup which he just started throwing his final year of high school.
9th round Aaron Brooks Cal State San Bernadinio
Aaron grew up and played his college ball in San Bernadino. He has excellent control and is the all time innings pitch leader at UC San Bernadino. He throws in the low 90′s.
10th Round #306 Overall ¬†Matt Murray Georgia Southern University
6’4 225 lbs RHP
Murray struggled the past two seasons in the a starting role for Georgia Southern before getting switched over to a reliever this past year becoming Southern Conference pitcher of the year. ¬†He currently throws in the low 90s with a average changeup that dives and a curveball that also is average at best. ¬†While he struggled as a starter in college he performed decently well in that role while in the Cape Cod league last year striking out more than a hitter per inning while there. ¬†I wouldn’t cross out a chance at starting first for the Royals and then converting to a relief role if it doesn’t workout at first.
11th round Jer
12 Round #366 Overall Pick Adam Schemenauer
6’9 ¬†220 lbs LHP
You won’t find many 6’9 pitchers on the mound but Adam fits that profile as well as being a Louisville commitment. ¬†Adam currently throws a high 80s fastball that can touch 91 he missed a month of his senior season with shoulder soreness finishing at 5-2 1.79 with 59 strikeouts and 13 walks
14 Round #426 Overall Pick D’Andre Toney
5’10 185 lbs CF
Toney was a multi-sport athlete in Georgia running a 4.34 40 yard dash in football workouts before deciding to go to Gulf Coast CC to play baseball. ¬†Toney taken in the 33rd round by the Marlins last season hit .305 for Gulf Coast while slugging .487 with 7 home runs and stealing 31 bases in 34 tries.
Mike Kandler Gulf Coast Head Men’s Baseball Coach -”In my opinion D’Andre was the best player in the conference.¬† He is very strong benching 300 lbs¬†with good raw power that if he can develop his hit tool could become a¬†15-25 HR centerfielder.¬† On defense Toney gets outstanding reads and jumps on the ball taking the proper path to the ball.¬† His arm currently is a tick below average but could progress into a average tool as he develops.”
16th Round #486 Overall Jack Lopez
5’10 160 lbs SS
Jack is a shortstop with good bloodlines as the son of Reds bullpen coach Juan Lopez. ¬†According to most his best attributes are his actions and hands at shortstop which isn’t shocking for someone who hung around a major league clubhouse for much of his young life. ¬†He is likely a difficult sign with a commitment to Miami as this quote from him in The Daytona Beach Journal points out¬†“From what I hear, I’m top-15 rounds, but you know how that is. It’s never for sure,” said Lopez. “It would have to be the right money and the round. If you’re going to take me away from getting my education, you’re going to have to pay a lot too, you know.” Jack could have some surprising pop in his bat considering he hit 10 home runs this season compared to Top 10 pick Francisco Lindor’s 6.
18th Round #546 Overall ¬†- ¬†Andrew Ferguson Arkansas State
6’1 190 lbs RHP
Ferguson is a senior from Arkansas State that should come relatively cheap. ¬†He held his own during his senior year going 7-4 with a ¬†3.57 ERA while also earning All-Tournament honors during the Sunbelt Conference tournament following a 9 inning 4 hit complete game shutout in which he struckout 11 hitters. ¬†Ferguson’s best pitch is his splitter that helps him compete despite throwing in the upper 80s with his fastball.
20th Round #606 Overall – Terrence Gore Gulf Coast CC
5’7 165 lbs CF
Gore is a outfield teammate of earlier pick of D’Andre Toney at Gulf Coast CC. ¬†Gore has blazing speed like Toney but with a little less pop in the bat.
Mike Kander Gulf Coast Head Men’s Baseball Coach – “The fastest player in the country.¬† A good comp for Gore could be Joey Gathright and he’s the type of player that would’ve been a good fit on the 1978 Royals teams.¬† He brings a whole new level of speed to the game putting up times to 1st base in the 3.49 range from the rightside on a bunt and consistently¬†in the 3.7-3.8 range on a swing.¬† One coach in the conference who was an assistant for Florida State during the Deion Sanders years said that he never thought he would see a player with Deion’s speed on the baseball field, then he saw Gore and said he’s faster.¬† Terrance like Toney brings a physicality from their football days to baseball with a aggressive approach.¬† Also like Toney he is still pretty raw with the bat and has a below average arm but uses his speed very effectively on defense.”
22nd Round #666 Overall – David Middendorf Northern Kentucky University
6’3 235 lbs LHP
Middendorf leaves Northern Kentucky after breaking the career mark for strikeouts finishing third all time in wins and fourth in ERA after four seasons. ¬†He was picked by the Yankees in the 44th round but returned to put up a 9-3 record with 127 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 109.1 innings at the Division II level. ¬†Andy Seiler wrote this about him last season:¬†Middendorf really matured this spring at a small Kentucky school, but apparently that wasn’t enough to get him drafted higher. With a solid frame, average fastball, and solid-average curveball, he looks like a potential #5 starter or middle reliever.
24th Round #726 Overall Spencer Patton Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
5’11 185 lbs RHP
Patton impressed the Royals in pre-draft workouts with the team¬†¬† He was equally impressive during his season at SIUE¬†finishing high¬†on the¬†all time¬†single season charts in strikeouts (2nd), wins (3rd) and K/9 average¬†(3rd).¬† On the season Spencer was 9-3 with a team leading 2.55 ERA to end his career at 13-10 with a 10.48 K/9 which ranks 2nd best in school history.
Head Baseball Coach Gary Collins - ¬†”Spencer is a competitor who works in the 87-89 mph range with the ability to run it up there to 91 mph. ¬†He has a loose arm and is somewhat hard to pickup allowing his 88 mph fastball to jump on hitters thanks to a willingness to attack hitters and locate his pitches. ¬†He teams his fastball with a pro slider that has a sharp break with good downward tilt when it is on. ¬†His changeup isn’t bad but needs to get better to compete up the ladder. ¬†Spencer is a competitor and hard worker who also incorporates a long toss program into his workouts.”
26th Round #786 Overall¬† Joseph Moorfield Clemson
6’1 205 lbs LHP
Moorefield¬†didn’t¬†have¬†a lot of success at the college level this season making just 24 appearances for Clemson while being used mostly as a situational lefty getting just 15.1 IP in that time¬†striking out 9¬†with hitters hitting¬†.292 against him during that time.¬† Reports say that Moorfield can throw in the low 90s while possessing four usable pitches which could make him a nice project as a starting pitcher if he’s looking to start his pro career.
28th Round #846 Overall¬† Jordan Ramsey North Davidson HS Lexington, NC
6’4 190 lbs RHP
Jordan has lots and lots of projectibility as a big righthander who already can get into the¬†mid 90s with his fastball who is likely to fill out that frame.¬† He comes from a athletic background as his father played college baseball for Appalachian State.¬† Jordan was likely much higher on draft boards prior to his senior season but contracted mono limiting his results.¬† He seems to be better now however throwing in the mid 90s during his last legion start with a slider striking out 17 in eight innings.¬† A UNC-Wilmington commit the Royals will likely have to pay him above slot to get him out of that commitment.
30th Round #906 Overall¬† Mark (Christian)¬†Binford Mercersburg Academy
6’7 225 lbs RHP
Another projectible righty with big size Binford has recovered well from Tommy John surgery in 2009 pitching outstanding his senior year despite being on a limited pitch count.¬† He lead his Mercersburg school to a Mid-Atlantic prep league title going 8-2 with a 0.64 ERA while striking out¬†78 in 55 innings while allowing just 21 hits and¬†7 walks.¬† He seems at least open to the possibility of playing pro ball as seen in this quote in the Herald Mail ‚ÄúIf I‚Äôm drafted, we‚Äôll see where and what‚Äôs on the table (financially),‚ÄĚ Binford said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve talked with my parents and there‚Äôs the possibility.‚ÄĚ He currently throws in the low 90s and while the Royals have seen him during his high school season they will likely monitor him during his leagion ball to see if his velocity picks up and how his arm handles the workload before making any type of offer.
32nd Round #966 Overall Nicholas Piscotty Amador Valley HS Pleasanton CA
6’3 190 RHP
Nick’s brother is currently Stanford University’s top hitter showing there is plenty of athleticism in the family.¬† Like Stephen, Nick¬†could be headed¬†to a top notch academic university as a Duke commitment if he chooses to pass on a pro career.¬† He has come along quite nicely over the last year bouncing his fastball from the low 80s to upper 80s this last season while also pairing it with a solid 12-6 curveball.
34th Round #1026 Overall Ali Williams Charleston Southern
6-2 200 lbs RHP
Ali made 22 appearances out of the bullpen for Charleston Southern putting up a 5.53 ERA while averaging over a K per inning.¬†
36th Round #1086 Overall¬† Christian Witt Truman State (Mo.)
6’3 250 lbs RHP
Witt had an oustanding season for the local Division II club starting as the teams closer and then eventually moving into the rotation where he became the first pitcher to shutout the UNO Mavericks in 107 games during a May 3rd start against them.¬† The lifelong Royals fan was recruited to Truman State as a slightly overweight kid with a decent curveball and has shaped into a low to mid 90s throwing righty with good swing and miss capabilities striking out 43 in 36 innings this year.
38th Round #1146 Overall¬† Andrew Durden Nova Southeastern (Fla.)
6′¬†200 lbs RHP
Durden had a solid year with the bat at Division II Nova Southeastern University¬†becoming a 3rd team All-American¬†however the Royals chose to draft Durden as a pitcher something he did very little of this season making just 4 appearances.¬† Durden pitched last season for Florida State will little effectiveness making 11 appearances and giving up 8 runs in 9.1 innings.¬† Durden seems to love to play positionally and was projected as¬†a 5-15 round talent but fell to the Royals here where he’ll have to put that love of hitting away for a bit.
Quote via TCPalm.com “I love hitting more than anything else, so the best possible outlook is to go as a hitter and then if I’m not moving along in two to three years, I can become a pitcher and try it that way,” Durden said. “You never forget how to pitch and you don’t lose your arm, but if you go as a pitcher, you are stuck with one weapon. It’s 10 times harder and longer for a pitcher, but I’ll be happy as long as I get my shot.”
40th Round #1206 Overall¬† Ben Waldrip Jacksonville State
6’6 245lbs 1b
Waldrip was a 2nd team Ohio Valley conference selection after hitting .344/.416/.547 with team leading¬†10 home runs 50 games for the Gamecocks.¬† While the home run numbers are decent his overall extra base numbers aren’t quite as impressive posting just 7 doubles and 1 triple on top of those HR stats.¬† He was a 42nd round selction of the the Atlanta Braves last season.
42nd Round #1266 Overall¬† Joseph Hawkins Sinclair Secondary School (Ontario)
5’11 165 lbs 2b
Hawkins was rated the 2nd best player in Ontario playing for the Ontario Blue Jays who traveled around the country playing opponents in the states including a couple games versus the Dominican Prospect League. ¬†Hawkins is described as a strong middle infielder with a quick bat. ¬†He is committed to play at Missouri State.
44th Round #1326 Overall Andrew Vasquez Los Osos HS Rancho Cucamonga, CA
6’5 210 lbs
Another big projectable lefty with a commitment to UC Santa Barbara.
46th Round #1386 Overal Adrian Bringas Chico State (CA)
5’10 185 lbs 3b
¬†Bringas is coming off a outstanding at Chico State where he lead the team in average, on base and slg earning a number of post season accolades. ¬†He is said to have a strong arm, gap to gap power as well as being a slick fielder at third who might be able to handle the move to second base.
48th Round #1446 Overall Matthew Beaty Dresden HS (TN)
6′ 210 lbs C
Matt has been a all state performer showing good power and plate discipline. ¬†He plays for the highly regarded East Cobb summer ball team.
Area Scout Sean Gibbs wrote this about Beaty for the International Power Showcase- “First and foremost Matt, is a first class individual. He displays leadership qualities on and off the field and his actions quickly garner the respect of his teammates and coaches alike. Matt is a throwback type player with a hard nose style of play on the field. Matt showed a solid swing this fall, while using wood the entire time. Matt showed natural leverage that allows him to drive the baseball. He was one of the top hitters on our Royals scout team this fall.”
50th Round #1506 Overall Kash Kalkowski University of Nebraska
6’1 198 lbs 3b
Kalkowski was a pretty highly regarded recruit when signing for the Huskers as the #1 ranked player in Nebraska his senior year. ¬†He was taken in the 48th round by the Tampa Bay Rays that year primarily as a pitcher. ¬†He struggled his freshman year for the Huskers putting up a 7.08 ERA. ¬†Following his freshman year he encountered shoulder problems and had to have shoulder surgery forcing him to redshirt in 2010. ¬†He came back this season putting up a .299/.378/.469 line which was good for the second best OPS on the team. ¬†He is a draft and follow during the summer otherwise he will likely return to Nebraska to try to improve on his totals from last season.
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