The Royals’ search for their 39th-round pick didn’t leave the Kansas City metro.
Platte County High School catcher Justin Mitchell said he fulfilled a lifelong goal Wednesday when the Royals selected him with pick No. 1,170 in the MLB Draft. But it’s one he says he will bypass, at least temporarily.
Mitchell has signed to play with Oklahoma, a commitment he plans to honor.
“It was pretty cool, but I’m going to Oklahoma — 100 percent,” Mitchell said in a phone interview with The Star.
Mitchell batted .480 this spring, his senior season with Platte County. He produced 21 extra-base hits in 75 at-bats, including eight home runs. He drove in 40.
On Wednesday, he found out he was drafted when he woke up from a nap to a bevy of text messages.
“Growing up in Kansas City, I was always cheering for the Royals,” Mitchell said. “That part was pretty cool.”
On the other hand, Mitchell expressed disappointment with not being selected earlier in the draft. He is currently in Texas playing in a summer league.
“It’s going to make me work that much harder,” he said.
Royals’ selections (rounds 11-40)
Note: With round, overall selection, player name, position and high school/college.
11 (330) Sal Biasi, RHP, Penn State
12 (360) Collin Snider, RHP, Vanderbilt
13 (390) Cason Sherrod, RHP, Texas A&M
14 (420) Isaiah Henry, RHP, North Shore HS, Houston
15 (450) Robert Garcia, LHP, California
16 (480) Chris Hudgins, C, CSU Fullerton
17 (510) Julio Gonzalez, SS, Fla. Gulf Coast
18 (540) Marlin Willis, LHP, McEachern HS, Powder Springs, Ga.
19 (570) Korry Howell, SS, Kirkwood CC
20 (600) Bryar Johnson, RHP, Carolina Forest HS, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
21 (630) Isaiah Smith, OF, Battle Ground (Wash.) HS
22 (660) Josh Mitchell, LHP, Pittsburgh
23 (690) Matt Morales, SS, Palm Beach CC
24 (720) Connor Mayes, RHP, Texas
25 (750) Tyler James, CF, William Carey
26 (780) Garrett Suchey, RHP, Alabama
27 (810) Nick Hutchins, C, Southern Illinois
28 (840) Tylor Fischer, RHP, Langham Creek HS, Houston
29 (870) Travis Jones, UTL, Texas
30 (900) Adam Bainbridge, LHP, Old Dominion
31 (930) Justin Vought, C, Wyoming Valley West HS, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
32 (960) Andrew Beckwith, RHP, Coastal Carolina
33 (990) Damon Olds, RHP, Indiana State
34 (1,020) Jackson Klein, RHP, Stanford
35 (1,050) Reed Rohlman, OF, Clemson
36 (1,080) Brady Cox, C, Texas
37 (1,110) Trevor Hauver, SS, Perry HS, Chandler, Ariz.
38 (1,140) Montae Bradshaw, CF, Patrick Henry CC
39 (1,170) Justin Mitchell, C, Platte County HS
40 (1,200) Yaniel Ramos, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy, Carolina, P.R.