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In the fourth round, the Kansas City Royals went back to the high school ranks, selecting Garrett Davila from South Point High School in Belmont, North Carolina.
The 6’2″ 180 lb Davila emerged this season, as he added a few more miles per hour to his fastball as his body began to fill out. A left hander with solid control, Davila throws a fastball that sat in the low 90’s, along with a curve and the vestiges of a decent changeup. If he can gain some confidence in that pitch, he could be yet another solid starting pitching option in the Royals system.
Davila was impressive last season for South Point. He was 8-0, with an astonishing 0.11 ERA. While there is no way to know how those numbers will translate to the professional ranks if the Royals are able to sway him from his commitment to the University of Tennessee, they are certainly eye popping.
Garrett Davila may not light up the radar gun, but he was certainly impressive during his senior season. It will be interesting to see if he signs with the Kansas City Royals or goes on to college.
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