With virtually no prep or college games played this spring, this will be a wide-open draft as far as who could be chosen by the KC Royals.
Baseball typically has more surprises in the first round than other sports due to the fact the players drafted are not expected to be impact players immediately. This allows teams to target upside and a few years to develop the draftee in the minors. Who the KC Royals might select this year varies from website to website.
MLB.com predicts middle infielder Nick Gonzales from New Mexico State will go to the Royals while cbssports.com suggests that high school outfielder Zac Veen could be the choice. Yet another site, prospects365.com, believes that right-hander pitcher Emerson Hancock from Georgia is the pick.
One question to answer is does Kansas City pick a player based on the needs of the organization or do they simply select the best person on the board when it is their turn? After a pitching heavy 2018 draft, the Royals took Bobby Witt, Jr last year with their initial selection. This despite having a solid young shortstop in Aldaberto Mondesi making large strides on the major league roster already.
The person in charge of overseeing the draft for the Royals is Lonnie Goldberg, assistant general manager, and amateur scouting leader. He is confident the team will still bring their A-game next week despite the issues the health pandemic has caused.
"“We knew no matter what was going to be given to us, our job was to have a really successful draft,” Goldberg said. – kanascity.com"
As the team is less than a week away from making an important selection with the fourth overall pick, we take a look at some players who might be flying under the radar for Kansas City.