Royals Reportedly Agree to Draft Grandal #4

Greg Schaum passes on the scoop of the night, as according to Frankie Piliere of MLB Fanhouse, “multiple industry sources” state that the Royals have made an agreement with University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal to select him with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 Amateur Draft which begins on Monday.  Behind a solid top-three of Bryce Harper, Jameson Taillon and Manny Machado, the rest of the draft is a talented group, but there aren’t any big standouts.

I briefly looked at Grandal as a draft option on Kings of Kauffman a couple of weeks ago.  Wally’s most recent mock draft of the first round on Call To The Pen had Grandal going to San Diego at #9.

If this report is true, I wonder if there would be any flexibility in the agreement in the event that somehow Taillon or Machado passed through to the fourth pick, if the Royals wished to select either of them in that position.  It’s unlikely, but it’s something to think about.

Again, if the report is true, it won’t be official or confirmed even until Monday when the Royals make their pick.  This move is similar to Pittsburgh’s selection of Tony Sanchez, another college catcher and fourth overall pick.  The Pirates selected him higher than most executives expected and paid him close to slot, but considering the third overall pick, Donavan Tate, signed for more than twice his slot suggestion and Zack Wheeler’s signing bonus as the sixth overall pick was a million dollars over slot, the Pirates probably saved some money for later in the draft and in the international market.

The Royals, in making this agreement, would free up some of that draft bonus money and get a player they think highly of.  We’ll see if that’s how it develops on Monday.

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  • Wally Fish

    I was stunned when I saw this report circulating yesterday. One, because I don’t think Grandal merits being selected this high and two, because reports just a few days ago indicated that he was looking for big money (aka $6.2 million) to sign. That demand was causing him to tumble down the draft boards into the 2nd half of the 1st round.

    If his reported demands are accurate and if the reports of the pre-draft deal with the Royals are accurate, then they will be paying more than double the slot value for the 4th overall pick so this is absolutely not the same scenario as Sanchez a year ago. The 2009 slot recommendation for 4th overall selection was $2.7 million and Sanchez signed for $2.5 million.

    Since MLB won’t approve an above slot deal, like what Grandal is looking for, until just before the signing deadline, one of the two reports just doesn’t seem to hold water. Maybe Grandal backed off his $ demands and pushed for a major league contract instead?

    If Taillon and Machado are off the board, I would much rather see the Royals take Pomeranz or Sale.

    Maybe I’m just too jaded cause I’m not a Grandal fan, nor am I a fan of drafting based on need, but I think this is a huge mistake if it is all true.