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My Thoughts: Like any other Kansas City Royals fan that has paid attention to the draft over the years, the name Colt Griffin comes to mind. In reality, the only similarity is the legendary fastball. Colt was more myth than man. He was a high school Texas kid named Colt, who once threw a 100 mph fastball, so exactly the stuff legends are made of.
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Sadly, that was his high point. Staumont, if he can learn some command, sure has the potential to be another power bullpen arm, something the KC Royals have been good at finding/developing. Did I mention he went to the same school as the Nigerian Nightmare, Christian Okoye? That’s just cool.
Like many other fans, I get excited about seeing who the Kansas City Royals are going to select in the draft. For the vast majority of the past 30 years, the Royals “earned” a very high draft pick, so with every year came the possibility the Royals could find the next Mike Trout, Troy Tulowitzki, or Clayton Kershaw. That possibility, however, is remote and has certainly eluded the Royals for quite some time.
So, before you get too excited about the likes of Ashe Russell or Nolan Watson, let’s pump the brakes and examine the lack of success the Royals have had in the first round as it pertains to starting pitching.
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