KC Royals Draft Review: Pitching, Pitching And More Pitching

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Jun 4, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore watches batting practice before the game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The KC Royals draft was one that focused on pitching.

Kansas City took hurlers with its first three picks, four of the first five, seven of the first 11, and 20 of 40 overall.

The team’s first selection, Indianapolis right-handed pitcher Ashe Russell at No. 21, could be a replacement for the oft-injured Kyle Zimmer should his shoulder injuries persist.

KC then used it’s second, first-round pick on another right-handed ace out of Indianapolis, high-schooler Nolan Watson. The first time the Royals went the college route was in the second round, using their selection on Azusa Pacific’s (CA), Josh Staumount.

It wasn’t until their fourth pick that they went position player, taking Western Kentucky outfielder Anderson Miller in the third round, 98th overall.

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General Manager Dayton Moore is clearly trying to build up minor league pitching, and did so with this draft.

Let’s take a look at every pick the Royals made, including a local high school product, six players from the Commonwealth of Virginia and one who will be playing in the College World Series.

It might be a while before we find out just how good these guys are, but here are some highlights to let you know what to expect from some of these young athletes.

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