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Like Russell before him, Nolan Watson is a coming fresh out of high school in Indianapolis, this time hailing from Lawrence North High School, so it would likely be some time before he makes an impact upon the Kansas City Royals. He has also committed to play at Vanderbilt, so that does factor in as a possible issue when it comes to signing Watson.
However, Watson had certainly impressed scouts this season, as he was considered by many scouting publications to be rising up the charts, perhaps sneaking into the latter part of the first round and getting selected in the lower to mid 20s. Baseball America even projected Watson to go as high as 18th to the Giants. Based on those projections, the Royals may have gotten a bargain.
Watson, a 6’2″, 200 lb righty, is quite the intriguing prospect. With a fastball that sits in the lower 90’s, as well as a curve, slider and change, Watson could be considered a solid starting pitcher prospect. Watson also has a solid three quarters arm slot, providing a bit of deception as he delivers the ball to home.
At his age and with his size, it may be that Nolan Watson can add a few more miles per hour to his fastball. If he can develop his other pitches as well, the Kansas City Royals could have a nice starter on in their system in the next few years.
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