April 08, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore (left) looks with Royals consultant Art Stewart (right) before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: June Draft, Kendrys Morales, and Alex Smith

 Kansas City is one of the best sports towns in the country, and KC Kingdom has a lot of fun bringing you news from around the area for our professional and collegiate teams.

Few fans are as passionate about their teams than Kansas City fans, whether it is making Arrowhead Stadium the loudest outside venue in the world, or filling up Sporting Park each match, or being Royal in Kauffman Stadium. The area also supports three of the most passionate college fan bases in the country.

Each morning, we will try to bring you some news from around our sports kingdom, in addition to the news, information, editorials, and analysis KC Kingdom already provides.

We may also pass along an interesting post or two from around the world-wide web, just for fun.

We hope enjoy the news from Around The Kingdom. Happy reading

Today is the 1st day of the June baseball draft. The draft is the lifeblood of a small-market franchise like the Royals. It’s the one place where Kansas City can compete on a level playing field with any franchise in baseball. Royals Review’s KCTiger posts his mock draft for the Royals.

David Hill at Kings of Kauffman looks at a potential “quick fix” for Kansas City’s light-hitting lineup. He concludes that FA slugger Kendrys Morales is not a fit for the Royals.

Meanwhile, over in Chiefs-land, the Alex Smith contract debate continues to rage. Colin Kaepernick, Smith’s former backup in San Francisco, just inked a 6-year $126 million deal. Arrowhead Addict’s Ben Nielson reports that Kaepernick credits Alex Smith for his rapid development with the 49ers.

Nielson also posts a video about former NFL QB Chris Simms evaluating Smith’s contract value. Nielsen writes:

Smith’s value is somewhere between $8 million and $12 million annually, but such a class of quarterbacks doesn’t exist in NFL economics.

Be sure to check out KC Kingdom throughout the day for news on the Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC, Tigers, Wildcats, and Jayhawks.

Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Royals Kendrys Morales