Jordan Groshans is listed as a 6 ft. 4 in., 195 lb. SS/3B out of Magnolia, Texas. He’s been one of a handful of targets that is both constantly mentioned in mock drafts as a potential pick for the Royals, as well as a player that the front office is said to have legitimate interest in. There are quite a few reasons that make this a good fit, whether he’s the pick at 18 or they try to float him to one of their comp picks remains to be seen.
First and foremost, Groshans is a great clubhouse fit. It’s been documented many times how much stock GM Dayton Moore and the front office puts into players that will fit within their culture. Groshans is an excellent student at Magnolia HS and is currently committed to KU where his brother plays. He’s played on the biggest stage at the high school level and performed brilliantly. To say the young man has plus make-up would be an understatement. He’s absolutely what the Royals are looking for on the field and off.
In the field, Groshans plays shortstop for his high school team. Some scouts believe it’s possible he can stay at the position. There have been some rather large framed prep shortstops in recent memory (Corey Seager and Carlos Correa immediately come to mind). In all likelihood, Groshans will end up packing on some muscle onto his wiry frame and lose a bit of lateral mobility, negating the range necessary to stick at short in the big leagues. A move to third base seems more likely and would probably be a better fit long term. Groshans is a solid defensive infielder with smooth actions and enough arm to play third base. I’ve not read any scouting reports that don’t think he can at least be an average big league third baseman.
This brings us to the bat. Much has been written, criticized and critiqued when it comes to Groshans’ swing (See here). Yes, it’s true that the swing path is relatively flat and the finish can be low. It’s also true that Groshans has some of the best raw power in this draft.
Groshans sets up with a wide, slightly open stance. He employs a pretty substantial leg kick during his load and his hands drop slightly as his weight shifts. He’s got a relatively short swing for such a tall and power oriented player and does a good job stay inside of the ball. The bat to ball skills are there as evidenced by his breakout display on the showcase circuit (which included a home run in the PG All-American Game as well as PG National. Groshans can be susceptible to off-speed pitches but if he can tweak some mechanics to help with the timing issues and continue to add solid muscle he could turn into a tooled-up, power hitting third baseman down the line.
It’s also worth mentioning that Jordan is likely to forgo his commitment to KU and sign a professional contract. I’ve not read anything that makes it seem likely that he would be a difficult sign.