Updated 2021 MLB Draft Rankings: 6/15/2021

Welcome to the second edition of our MLB Draft rankings for the 2021 MLB Draft. You can check out the first edition of the rankings here. We’ll be running with a top 25 for this year. We’ll also include coverage periodically on some guys that could fall to the Royals with later picks (#43, #66,…

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Where did all the Center Fielders go?

Uh, we may have a problem. Recently, I was looking through this excellent draft rankings comparison from Alex Duvall and day dreaming about who I want the Royals to draft when it occurred to me that the Royals’ system might be light on outfielders … specifically center fielders. I thought I must be forgetting someone…

2021 MLB Draft Rankings: 5/18/2021

Welcome to the first edition of our MLB Draft rankings for the 2021 MLB Draft. We’ll be running with a top 25 for this year. We’ll also include coverage periodically on some guys that could fall to the Royals with later picks (#43, #66, #78, and #108) that we like but just don’t crack our…

An update on some college options for KC at #7

I’ve been writing a few different editions of this same basic post for a while now. The problem I’m running into is that there are like 10 different directions I can see Kansas City going this summer and a few involve them taking a prep bat. It feels like there are certain players that have…

March 2 Update of Top Prep Draft Targets

Jumping right in I’d like to address an omission from my first look into this prep class. There are certain profiles that seem to ‘hit’ often in the draft. College bats usually hit more frequently, Prep arms much less so. High school catchers would tend to hit at a fairly low rate. Taking that into…

2020 Shadow Draft

I got the idea to do a shadow draft from John Sickels. He always did a shadow draft over at Minor League Ball which was part of SBNation focusing on the minors. The goal is to pick along with your team and follow the guys you “bring” to your system. You have to pick real…

MLB Draft Day Two Recap

The Royals made four selections to go with the Day One picks Asa Lacy and Nick Loftin.  The Royals did not disappoint immediately making a splash with the selection of RHP Ben Hernandez from De La Salle HS in Chicago.  Hernandez pitched very well on the showcase circuit and on national television in the Under…

Royals select RHP Will Klein at #135

I love this pick for the Royals!  He is a big RHP that throws up to 100.  Here is the Draft Profile I wrote up on him earlier this spring. Will Klein was not a guy that would have gone high in the draft last year.  He might not even have been taken.  The problem…

The Royals select LHP Christian Chamberlain at #105

Christian Chamberlain is the next player selected by the Royals at 105th overall.  He is a shorter pitcher at 5’10” weighing in at 170 pounds.  Most people see him as a reliever in professional baseball but the Royals often give pitchers the chance to start until they can’t. Chamberlain had a fantastic start to the…

The Royals Select Tyler Gentry at #76

The Alabama Crimson Tide OF was off to a great start this spring hitting .429/.554/.750.  Gentry had six double and four home runs providing power from the Alabama four-hole.  Scouts really like his power giving him a 60 grade.  Gentry has a strong arm and profiles in one of the corner outfield spots.  His running…