Day two of the 2014 MLB Draft is officially in the books, and the Royals have added a few more prospects to their talented farm system. Ok, so technically they haven’t added all of them since only a couple have signed so far, but they’ve selected some prospects. Well, not all of these guys will really be considered “prospects,” but a few of them will, and we don’t really know which ones, which is what makes this whole draft thing a lot of fun.
Yesterday, rounds 3 through 10 were completed, and if my math checks out, that means the Royals selected 8 players to add to their organization. Here are the names of those players, along with some possibly relevant information pertaining to them as potentially soon-to-be professional baseball players.
Eric Skoglund (LHP), Central Florida, 6’6″, 170 lbs.
As a junior this year, Skoglund pitched 110 innings with a 2.54 ERA, while striking out 7.7 batters per 9 innings, and walking 2.21 batters per 9. He’s got a fastball that sits around 90 MPH, a curveball, and a changeup. His slight frame could still add some mass, so we could see the velocity tick up a bit more.
Dawon Burt (SS), Fuquay-Varina HS, NC, 5’9″, 160 lbs.
Burt had verbally committed to play at the University of South Carolina, a school that tends to know baseball talent. That bodes well for the Royals, an organization that should employ talented baseball players. Burt has some speed and a decent bat, plus the ability to handle multiple positions.
Corey Ray (RHP), Texas A&M, 6’4″, 195 lbs.
Ray had a 1.91 ERA in 37.2 innings for the Aggies this season. He doesn’t appear to strike many batters out, but he does appear to throw relatively hard.
Logan Moon (OF), Missouri Southern, 6’2″, 195 lbs.
The Royals went with the local kid here, as Moon hails from Blue Springs. He hit .386/.460/.527 this year, while also stealing 17 bases on 21 attempts. Moon has reportedly agreed to a below-slot signing bonus.
Brandon Downes (OF), Virginia, 6’3″, 195 lbs.
Downes struggled offensively this season, but he showed some pop in 2013, posting a .253 ISO in 61 games. Defensively, he can do things like this:
Ryan O’Hearn (1B), Sam Houston St., 6’3″, 200 lbs.
O’Hearn has the look of a power hitter, although he only hit 8 home runs in 2014. One of those home runs can be found in the following video, which also contains an interview.
Brandon Thomasson (OF), Tennessee Tech, 6’4″, 218 lbs.
This player seems to have big-time power. In 58 games this year, Thomasson hit 20 doubles, 7 triples, and 22 home runs. That’s a lot of extra-base hits, and rumor has it that extra-base hits are good.
Nick Green (LHP), Utah, 6’2″, 190 lbs.
Green didn’t have outstanding numbers his senior year (4.26 ERA, 7.71 K/9), but he apparently has a plus slider he used while closing out games for the Utes.
The 11th through 40th rounds of the draft will take place today, starting at 12:00 pm.