DETROIT – The player the Royals picked first in the 2014 draft was southpaw Brandon Finnegan. His story is well-known. He became the first player in baseball history to pitch in the College World Series and its major-league equivalent in the same season. He now is stretching out as a starter in Class AA Northwest Arkansas after a big-league cameo.
But the Royals also picked two other players in the first round. Both were high school players, and both have been transferred to Class A Lexington.
Foster Griffin, a 6-3, 200-pound 19-year-old, left-hander, made his first start for the Legends on Saturday. He gave up four runs in five innings against the Kannapolis Intimidators. Griffin posted a 3.28 ERA in 28 innings with Class A Burlington in 2014.
Chase Vallot, a 6-foot, 215-pound, 18-year-old catcher, will join Griffin with Lexington on Sunday. He hit .215 with seven homers and a .732 OPS for Burlington last season.
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