KC Royals 2020 MLB Draft: What to look for on day two

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The second night of the 2020 MLB Draft is upon us. Here’s everything you need to know about the KC Royals heading into day two.

It’s hard to believe, but the 2020 MLB Draft is already in phase two. After tonight, all five rounds will have concluded and the post-draft pool will open up. The KC Royals made a pair of selections last night, and have a pick in each of Thursday’s rounds.

In case you have any questions heading into tonight, we’ve got you covered. Although this year’s draft has been shortened from 40 rounds all the way down to just five, there’s still plenty going on. Let’s get you prepped for tonight’s festivities.

How can I watch the KC Royals make their picks?

Live coverage of rounds two through five will begin at 5:00 p.m. EST (4:00 p.m. Kauffman Stadium Time). MLB Network and ESPN2 will air coverage on television, along with MLB.com offering a live stream to follow along with. Whether you’re sitting on the couch, eating dinner with your family or not near a television at all, you should still be able to find a way to watch things unfold.

What did the KC Royals do last night?

With the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, the Royals selected pitcher Asa Lacy from Texas A&M. He wasn’t supposed to be available outside of the top three, but the fact that he slid was a testament to how crazy the beginning of the first round was. I broke down Lacy’s game on Wednesday before the draft, and the general reaction to the pick, once it happened, was great. Kansas City got lucky here and came away with a great player.

In Competitive Balance Round A, with the 32nd overall pick, the Royals took Baylor shortstop Nick Loftin. He’s a jack-of-all-trades infielder who could even shift to the outfield one day if needed. He’s good at everything, but not elite in any particular area. Nevertheless, he’s a great kid and a hard worker. Dayton Moore said the team even considered picking him at No. 4. Kings of Kauffman’s Shawn Bauman wrote an article on Loftin this morning.

Who should the KC Royals target with their second-round pick?

Luckily for the Royals, they only have to wait for three teams ahead of them before picking in the second round. This means they’ll likely have plenty of options to choose from once their turn arrives.

If you want pitching, look no further than either Jared Kelley, Cole Wilcox or Chris McMahon. CJ Van Eyk is also another name to keep an eye on. All four pitchers are on the MLB.com top 50 list and would be solid selections. Mustang High School’s Dax Fulton is coming back from Tommy John Surgery that hurt his draft stock, but his stuff makes him an intriguing option. JT Ginn is a name I’ve seen thrown around quite a bit.

As far as position players go, there are some choices there as well. Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler has tremendous potential as a defensive backstop and has enough of a bat to be a good value pick. Arkansas’ Casey Martin would be a good pick for a team looking for a shortstop, but the Royals are just fine at that spot. LSU’s Daniel Cabrera is the most popular outfield name left on the board.

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