The Royals opened the second day of the First-Year Player Draft by grabbing a right-handed pitcher from one of the nation’s top prep pitching factories: The Woodlands High School near Houston.
Friday’s selections began with the third round, and the Royals chose right-hander Carter Hope, 6 feet 3 and 195 pounds, with the 82nd overall pick.
Hope, 18, is the fifth pitcher selected within the first four rounds from The Woodlands over the past seven years. Previous picks include Bryan Brickhouse, whom the Royals chose two years ago in the third round.
“They haven’t done bad with (Kyle) Drabek, (Jameson) Taillon and our guy Brickhouse,” scouting director Lonnie Goldberg said. “(Hope) is another projectable right-hander at 6 foot 3. Real clean delivery.
“He’s what we look for — a physical body and an athlete.”
The Royals chose three pitchers, three outfielders, a catcher and a first baseman Friday with their eight picks; the draft concludes today with rounds 11 through 40.
Friday’s picks also included right-hander Luke Farrell from Northwestern in the sixth round. He is the son of Boston manager John Farrell and battled back from having a tumor removed from his neck.
“It was benign, Goldberg said. “He came back and had a real good year. We feel we might be getting a guy who is a little bit older (at 22) but a little bit on the uprise.”
Goldberg also pointed to two projection outfielders: Amalani Fukofuka, 17, in the fifth round, and Alex Newman, 20, in the 10th round.
“We ended up taking a couple of high-ceiling guys,” Goldberg said. “Amalani Fukofuka is a 17-year-old from California. … He’s young and exciting. He’s a Franklin Gutierrez type.
“We also took a kid (Newman) who was one credit away from being eligible (to play in college). The school messed up his transcript. So he didn’t get to play this year. All we could do was watch him work out.”
The Royals on Thursday chose shortstop Hunter Dozier from Stephen F. Austin with the eighth overall pick before opting for two 6-5 left-handers: Sean Manaea from Indiana State and Cody Reed from Northwest Mississippi Community College.