May 16, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of baseballs before a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Draft: Royals Day Two Rundown

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.

Round 3:
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.

Round 4:
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.

Round 5:
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.

Round 6:
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.

Round 7:
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:

Round 8:
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.

Round 9:
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.

Round 10:
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.

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