The Kansas City Royals, led by general manager Dayton Moore, continued preparing the team for the future on Friday. After Rounds 1 and 2 took place Thursday night, the next eight took place on Friday.
It may hard to find a superstar in the second day of the draft, but Moore is looking for his “diamond in the rough”. At this point in the draft, it may be difficult to predict how good a player will be at the next level. However, that doesn’t mean those players serve no purpose. Louis Coleman, Danny Duffy, and Greg Holland all were drafted in Rounds 3-10 in their respective drafts, and all play important roles for the Royals this season.
In the third Round, the Royals selected LHP Eric Skoglund, a junior out of the University of Central Florida. Skoglund was the 4th pitcher picked by the Royals out of their first five picks. In 15 starts for the Knights in 2014, Skoglund went 9-3 with a 2.54 ERA. The AAC Pitcher of the Year is a strikeout specialist, fanning 94 batters in 110 innings. Scouts say he has the potential to be a MLB starter if he can continue to improve on his secondary pitches and add velocity to his fastball.
In Round 4, Kansas City drafted SS D.J. Burt, an 18 year old out of Fuquay-Varina High School in North Carolina. Burt was ranked at #478 of Baseball America’s Top 500 MLB prospects, but that didn’t stop the Royals from picking him with the 123rd overall pick. In his senior year, Burt hit .423 with four home runs in only 24 games.
The 5th Round brought another pitcher to Kansas City, as the Royals picked RHP Corey Ray out of Texas A&M. Ray went 6-1 with an impressive 1.91 ERA for the Aggies last season. Ray’s selection continued the pitching trend for the Royals this draft, as he was the 5th pitcher drafted in their first seven selections.
With their sixth round pick, the Royals drafted OF Logan Moon from Missouri Southern. Moon not only went to college in Joplin, but also was raised in Blue Springs, MO and went to Blue Springs South High School. Moon batted .386 in 2014 and led the Lions in stolen bases with 17.