This is the second installment of our draft review series. We will cover rounds 3-10 on this installment.
Pick 90 – LHP Daniel Tillo, Iowa Western CC
Lefty with a big frame. Throws from a 3/4 arm slot. He’s able to generate a lot of movement on his pitches. He runs his fastball up to the mid-90s. Hard, bitting slider. Also throws a changeup.
This year at Iowa Western, Tillo pitched in 44 innings, going 5-1 with a 2.86 ERA. K to BB ratio of 57 to 15.
Pick 120 – OF Michael Gigliotti, Lipscomb
Possibly my favorite pick of the draft. The Royals grabbed a centerfielder with a leadoff profile in the 4th round.
Gigliotti’s game is speed. Bunting for hits, stealing bases, making good plays in the outfield. His overall defensive game takes a hit though with lack of arm strength.
Gigliotti was an on base machine at Lipscomb. Hit .287/.451/.411. Did also run a .505 BABIP…
Pick 150 – RHP Charlie Neuwheiler, Monsignor McClancy Memorial HS (NY)
Neuwheiler features a high-80s fastball that I believe has a lot of room to grow. Very nice breaking ball.
Pick 180 – RHP Tyler Zuber, Arkansas State
5-10, 185 pound righty. After a disastrous season as both a starter and reliever in 2016, Zuber pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2017. Pitched to the tune of a 2.06 ERA in 52.1 innings with some big strikeout numbers. K/9 of 13.8.
The Royals drafted a pitcher trending upwards that could have a nice career as a reliever.
Pick 210 – OF Brewer Hicklen, Alabama-Birmingham
The big strikeout numbers at the college level are concerning. But overall, I like Hicklen’s potential. I could see him developing some power.
Good speed, nice defender, weak arm. Will probably end up as a corner outfielder.
Pick 240 – LHP Holden Capps, Central Oklahoma
Lean lefty. Pitched at three different colleges. Struck out 92 and walked 40 in 96.1 innings this year.
Pick 270 – LHP J.C. Cloney, Arizona
The college senior had a nice year starting. Doesn’t miss a lot of bats, but has good control, only walking 1.9 per nine in his college career. Could move smoothly throughout the system as a starter.
Pick 300 – Jordan Floyd, Kansas State
Drafted by the Yankees in the 25th round of the 2013 draft, Floyd decided to go pitch at Kansas State instead. Struggled this year in 21 relief outings, posting a 5.04 ERA and 1.65 WHIP.