Some huge Royals news was reported by Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star recently. The Royals 1st round selection in the 2015 draft, RHP Ashe Russell, announced he is stepping away from professional baseball.
Russell hasn’t pitched since last year, when he threw 2 innings for the AZL Royals.
Rustin Dodd went more into detail here.
“Russell, however, would experience a series of setbacks starting in 2016. A mechanical flaw in his arm action and delivery limited his ability to control the baseball. The struggles affected his confidence. He appeared in just two games for the Royals’ affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League last season. He spent much of the summer working at the club’s facility in Surprise, Arizona.
This year, Russell took part in spring training but was not assigned to a minor-league affiliate when the season began. He remained in extended spring training until after the draft, when club officials met with him and discussed his future, Picollo said.”
Russell has not commented.
The 2015 draft is looking pretty bleak for the Royals so far. Along with the situation at hand with Russell, no. 33 overall pick Nolan Watson has struggled early in his career and is currently getting shelled in rehab games for the AZL Royals. Josh Staumont was also taken in this draft in the second round. He was recently demoted from AAA Omaha to AA Northwest Arkansas.