The Kansas City Royals 2020 draft class has a lot of potential difference-makers already. But how do they truly fit within the organization’s future plans?
Going into the 2020 draft, we all thought we knew who the first three picks were going to go. Detroit was going to take Spencer Torkelson, Baltimore was going to take Austin Martin, and Miami was going to take Asa Lacy.
Of course though, after the first pick where Detroit took Torkelson, everyone had to tear up their mock drafts since both Baltimore and Miami went in a different direction than originally thought. This turned out to be a dream scenario for the Royals.
Due to this draft being just five rounds, a lot of MLB front-office execs also had to be strategic on who they took. “Reaching” for players wasn’t as prevalent with the record number of college players taken.
Front-offices also have a new component to the draft they need to prepare for because players who normally would have been drafted are now undrafted free agents and every team has a chance for him. In fact, the Royals’ last pick was one that many teams believed they could have gotten in free agency, which could result in the Royals stealing one from other teams.
Now that the draft is over, we can start looking at how each of the newly drafted Royals’ fits within the team’s future, and play the dangerous game on “MLB Comps”.