Just how difficult is it to nail down the Royals’ thoughts on their first-round pick in today’s draft?
I checked out seven mock draft sites, and the first five all had the Royals taking a different player with the No. 8 overall pick. Here is a look at those mock drafts and a comment that was made on each Royals pick:SPORTING NEWS:
Arkansas RHP Ryne Stanek. “The Royals will take a college arm here if there is one available, and Stanek seems the likeliest to drop down to them,” the Sporting News wrote. “If Stanek is taken any higher, say, to the Red Sox, the Royals could go with California prep pitcher Phil Bickford (Oaks Christian in Westlake Village.), who struck out 17 batters Saturday with several scouts in attendance.”
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New Castle High (Ind.) LHP Trey Ball. “Ball profiles as a Cole Hamels-type starting pitcher and is a fine hitter and speedy runner to boot,” SI wrote.MLBDRAFTINSIDER.COM:
Oaks Christian High (Calif.) RHP Phil Bickford. “The Royals apparently have him ahead of Trey Ball and a few other names (likely because of signability),” mlbdraftinsider.com wrote.MINORLEAGUEBALL.COM:
Mississippi State OF Hunter Renfroe. “After trading Wil Myers in the offseason, the Royals have an opening for a power bat in the OF,” minorleagueball.com wrote.
Grayson High (Ga.) OF Austin Meadows.JONATHAN MAYO, MLB.COM:
New Castle High (Ind.) LHP Trey Ball. “All signs point to the Royals looking at pitching and with (Nevada’s Braden) Shipley gone, they could go the high school route,” Mayo wrote.JIM CALLIS, BASEBALL AMERICA:
New Castle High (Ind.) LHP Trey Ball. “It’s no secret Kansas City wants a pitcher. If (Texas’ St. Pius X High’s Kohl) Stewart and Shipley aren’t available, the Royals will choose between Ball and California high school righthander Phil Bickford.