This will just be a quick catcher upper on how some guys I like for Kansas City in this June’s draft are doing so far this spring. Some guys will be options at #2, some will be for later on in the draft, so don’t freak out if you haven’t heard of some of these guys.
Kameron Misner, OF, Mizzou
.324/.483/.574/1.057, 5 HR, 2 doubles, 10-10 SB, 20 BB, 16 K
Misner is falling out of contention at #2 for me. The power and speed combo is real, but the overall profile is less impressive than other options at this point.
TJ Sikkema, LHP, Mizzou
27.2 IP, 1.30 ERA, .198 BAA, 35 K, 6 BB
A LHP that could pitch his way into the Royals second pick if he does this against SEC competition.
Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV
.333/.505/.667/1.172, 5 HR, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 3-5 SB, 25 BB, 17 K
Stott continues to grow on me. He’s showing the power we all said was necessary to be in play for KC at #2 and his defense at SS makes him a real candidate.
Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State
.456/.619/.895/1.514, 8 HR, 1 double, 26 BB, 10 K
To go a long with elite defense behind home plate, Rutschman might also very well be the best hitter in all of college baseball.
Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CAL
.414/.580/.793/1.373, 7 HR, 1 double, 2-2 SB, 20 BB, 8 K
The Golden Bears first baseman is going to have to keep hitting like this all year for the Royals to take a serious look at #2, but he’s so far so good in my book.
Hunter Wolfe, SS, TCU
.333/.477/.424/.901, 1 double, 1 triple, 6-7 SB, 9 BB, 12 K
A 2018 Royals draftee, Wolfe is best known for his ++ defense at SS. His bat has been better than advertised so far at TCU and could be an option for KC in rounds 3-9.
Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU
33 IP, 1.36 ERA, .136 BAA, 46 K, 7 BB
The 5-6 best options for KC at #2 all appear to be hitters, and I think the chances of KC going with a pitcher at #2 are very close to 0. HOWEVER. If they took Lodolo I wouldn’t be too upset. Baseball America rated Lodolo’s slider and changeup as two of the best offerings in all of college baseball and he’s finally striking guys out. He’s more likely to be taken between 9-15 but if the money isn’t there, he could threaten to return to TCU with the chance to go 1.1 in 2020.
Johnny Rizer, CF, TCU
.381/.474/.587/1.061, 2 HR, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3-5 SB, 10 BB, 10 K
An elite defender in CF, you know he’s on the Royals radar. He didn’t hit great at TCU in 2018 but he was really good with a wood bat last summer in the New England League and has carried that over this spring. He’s certainly not in play at #2, but will definitely be worth watching for KC after that.
Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville Heritage HS
CJ Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS
.370/.424/.574/.998, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 17 SB, 4 BB, 5 K
Jaxx Groshans, C, Kansas
.391/.518/.797/1.315, 8 HR, 2 doubles, 17 BB, 11, K
A local catcher that I really like rounds 3-9.
Ryan Zeferjahn, RHP, Kansas
29 IP, 1.86 ERA, .163 BAA, 32 K, 12 BB
My favorite option for KC at #42. Kid’s slider is absolutely electric and he’s got some Mike Foltynewicz in him.