The second day of the draft is in the books and the numbers break down as such:
– 13 High School players
– 17 College players
– 17 Pitchers
– 12 Right-handers
– 5 Left-handers
– 5 Outfielders
– 5 Infielders
– 3 Catchers
The Royals sprinted out of the gate taking high school players with their first five picks. It’s an interesting gambit and one that suggests Dayton Moore is confident enough with both The Process and his status as the general manager to essentially restock the lowest levels of the minor league pool.
These high schoolers, Bubba Starling included, are all the rawest of prospects. There aren’t any hidden gems in this group like Wil Myers. This was a draft that will represent the restocking of the second wave of The Process.
I feel this also tells us that Dayton Moore is extremely comfortable in his position and is under no pressure from ownership. There is no Eric Hosmer in this group – no player who is two or three years from making his debut. These are all players who will fall into the organization as role players. Some will develop, many won’t. But we won’t see the fruits of this draft for several years. If Moore was under any kind of pressure, he would have pushed for college players in the early rounds. Guys that would be closer to the major and could slot into this team with the first wave of The Process. Of course, that was the stated plan as far as we thought we knew, the Royals were targeting a college pitcher. That plan was foiled when Seattle went off the plan and passed on Rendon to take Hultzen.
No, this was a draft to restock the lower levels of the minors. It’s too bad in a deep draft such as this, the Royals didn’t have the Tampa Bay luxury of multiple picks in the first, second and third rounds. Jealousy on my part. But given the way the Royals have been able to draft in the last several seasons, you have to think about what could have been if they had been able to score just one or two more picks in the early rounds.
A couple of other draft notes:
— Jerrell Allen, selected in the eleventh round, after a run on pitching by the Royals. He’s a – stop me if you’ve heard this before – a speedy outfielder.
— Fifth round pick Patrick Leonard played for Craig Biggio at St. Thomas High School in Texas. He’s a shortstop – stop me if you’ve heard this before – but he will have to switch positions.
— The Royals stayed local in the 12th round, selecting Adam Schemenauer from Park Hill South High School.
— I didn’t do a deep search, but after Starling, the Royals didn’t grab any other top 100 talent in the draft according to Baseball America. Keith Law at ESPN has their third rounder – Bryan Brickhouse – rated as the 84th best talent.
Last night’s game went pretty much according to plan. Vin Mazarro coughed up six runs on five hits. The defensive lapse in the first inning recreated the circus atmosphere of year’s past. Eric Hosmer picked up a couple of hits. Off-plan, somehow Alcides Escobar picked up a pair of hits.
But he airmailed another throw to first. (Oops… That was the day before. Sometimes, all these Royals games seem to run together.)
Really, what that game boiled down to was which starting pitcher would create the biggest implosion… Mazarro and his general ineffectiveness. Or Kyle Drabek and his inability to locate. That’s the kind of starting pitching matchup which causes me to look for other things to do for the first five innings… Guys like Mazarro and Drabek drive me insane. The Royals did OK against Drabek. He threw 99 pitches in just over five innings and only 56 strikes. He also uncorked four wild pitches. Too bad Mazarro was worse. By the time the starters had exited, it was a 6-5 game in favor of the Jays. The Royals couldn’t break through against the Jays pen and that’s the ballgame in a nutshell.