With their CBB pick, the Royals took Peyton Wilson from Alabama 66th overall. The switch-hitting infielder has a lot of pop with an aggressive swing. He has good speed, a very good arm, and could play whatever position you want with his great athleticism. The Royals really like guys with versatility and Wilson offers that having played 2B, SS, and 3B, along with some OF and even catching in his career at Alabama.
Wilson comes from a family with athletic roots. His two older brothers have both played at Alabama. John Parker was a quarterback at Alabama while Ross was drafted by the White Sox in 2010.
Peyton hit .290 with 13 doubles, 1 triple, and 9 home runs. He walked 22 times and was hit 4 times, but did strike out 41 times at Alabama this spring. Wilson stole 10 bases in 13 attempts.
The Royals love the versatilty and athleticism in the All-SEC second team performer. He is a guy who will do whatever it takes to get on the field and is tough enough to spend time behind the plate when needed. He has strong and quick hands that produce hard hit balls consistently. Those attributes do well in pro ball.
Photo from the University of Alabama website.