Royals Steal Future Starter from Yankees in Rule 5 Draft

The Royals acquired RHP Matt Sauer in the Rule 5 Draft today
The Royals acquired RHP Matt Sauer in the Rule 5 Draft today / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals added a potential impact player in MLB's Rule 5 Draft today, stealing a potential starting pitcher from the New York Yankees.

Matt Sauer, a 24-year-old righty is the newest member of the Royals after Kansas City selected him. He's a 2017 second-round pick and projects long-term as a starter, potentially as soon as next season.

Get the latest information on Sauer and how he fits with the Royals below.

Royals Roster News: KC Selects RHP Matt Sauer in Rule 5 Draft

We knew the Royals needed to add impact pitching, and I'm excited about this draft pick. Sauer battled through injuries, but seems to have turned a corner in his development.

Sauer posted a 3.42 ERA in 68.1 AA innings last year and was MLB.com's 25th-ranked prospect in the Yankees' system. He lacks the velocity of a guy like Cole Ragans, though that doesn't mean he can't get punchouts.

In perhaps the best outing of his career and one that bodes well for the future, Sauer recorded 17 strikeouts in just 95 pitches during an August start for New York's AA affiliate.

Considering the magic Ragans pulled off to end the season, there's reason to be optimistic about Sauer's potential here.

Can't you imagine a rotation with strikeout pitchers led by Ragans while guys like Sauer develop? I mean, just look at these stats!

The Royals have a lot of work to do for the rest of the offseason, but this is a positive step for an organization in desperate need of pitching help.

Keep it rolling, Mr. Picollo!

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