2019 MLB Draft Reactions: Kansas City Royals

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1. Kansas City Royals

Bobby Witt Jr., SS

Bio:
School: Prep (TX) (Pick 1.2)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185 lbs
Hits/Throws: R/R

Prospects Live: Bat speed, athleticism, with the glove and arm to stick at the six. Hit tool concerns are the biggest knock on Witt, but his amateur track record speaks for itself. Potential franchise shortstop.

FanGraphs: It’s still a power-over-hit profile along the lines of Trevor Story but Witt may be a better athlete, runner, and defender than Story as well.

2080 Baseball: It’s still a power-over-hit profile along the lines of Trevor Story but Witt may be a better athlete, runner, and defender than Story as well.

Baseball Prospectus: Witt’s swing-and-miss potential due to pitch recognition and a longer swing does create some risk that Witt will not hit enough to profile as an everyday starter, which may limit him to a defense-first utility role. On the other end, Witt’s excellent athletic abilities, defensive profile, and raw strength give him a very high ceiling if he can improve his hit tool beyond his current projection.

Juicy’s Final Mock: Armed with electric bat speed, plus power, a cannon arm, great fielding instincts, 60 run times and high-end pedigree; the only question with Witt Jr has been the bat.

BASEBALL FARM’S BOTTOM LINE

UP: 255/315/500, 25 HR, 20 SB, Fantasy FV 60 ($21)

Expectation: 240/300/475, 21 HR, 19 SB Fantasy FV 50 ($15)

A bloodlines prospect with the 5-tool potential to be a #1 overall selection in most drafts. Witt’s speed and glove give him the floor of MLB regular. The raw power is there to be something special, but the hit tool has to come along for the ride. Could struggle with the bat early on, or he could explode again like he did with Team USA in the Fall of 2018. There’s a potential franchise player here, but there’s some risk as well.


2. Kansas City Royals

Brady McConnell, SS

Bio:
School: University of Florida (Pick 2.44)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195 lbs
Hits/Throws: R/R

Prospects Live: Has some swing-and-miss concerns, but the other tools are electric.

FanGraphs: McConnell has been a polarizing player for years, but likely goes in the 2nd round after a loud sophomore season with power and true shortstop tools.

Sports Info Solutions: Whichever team pulls the trigger on the sophomore, however, could be getting a cornerstone-type infielder at a great price. McConnell has some of the highest upside in this class, but has to go a very long way to reach it.

Juicy’s Final Mock: He flashes highlight reel, gold glove plays, but will make mental errors at times. And he doesn’t use his 70 speed on the basepaths yet. But he has the best player in the draft upside.

BASEBALL FARM’S BOTTOM LINE

UP: .265/.305/.490, 22 HR, 8 SB, Fantasy FV 50 ($15)

Expectation: .245/.290/.450, 18 HR, 5 SB, Fantasy FV 50 ($9)

A SS with 5-tool upside has McConnell drawing comps to guys like Story and Tulowitzki. He was drafted in ’17 but didn’t sign, then went wild as a draft eligible Soph. this year. 2nd most productive bat in the SEC. The hit tool is the Big Q (3.3 K:BB ratio), but if everything gels then this is a Top-10 talent.


3. Kansas City Royals

Alec Marsh, RHP

Bio:
School: Arizona State (Pick CBB.70)
Height: 6-2
Weight: 220 lbs
Hits/Throws: R/R

Prospects Live: The big step for Marsh is to develop his breakers, as he’s accustomed to using his fastball at reliever-like levels.There are some command issues present but he powered through them as the team’s Friday night starter.

FanGraphs: Marsh has mostly average stuff but advanced feel for how to use it.

2080 Baseball: Utilizing a low effort delivery, he works in the 89-to-93 mph range to elicit ground balls with his two-seamer, while he can dial it up to 95 with his four-seamer. He’s got a low-80s slider with depth that flashes two-plane break, looking like a future above average pitch. He’ll also mix in a curveball and occasional changeup, though both pitches need additional refinement.

D1Baseball.com: Overall, Marsh has a strong build, throws with sustainable effort and flashed glimpses of having four average to near-average offerings. Doesn’t have any plus pitches in his arsenal but he’s proven he can be a reliable performer when he’s on with 2-3 of his offerings.

BASEBALL FARM’S BOTTOM LINE

UP: SP4/5

Expectation: Organizational Depth

Marsh really turned heads in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2018, racking up a K/9 over 15.0 in 20ish innings. He was Arizona State’s Friday night starter this season, finishing with a 9-3 record. Projection is minimal, his command is an issue, and the breaking stuff is inconsistent. But the Royals were very good at developing last year’s college arms (Singer, Kowar, Lynch, Bubic), and might be able to do the same with Marsh this year.



PickTeamPlayer NamePositionSchool
1
Kansas City
Royals
Bobby Witt Jr.SSPrep (TX) (Pick 1.2)
2
Kansas City
Royals
Brady McConnellSSUniversity of Florida (Pick 2.44)
3
Kansas City
Royals
Alec MarshRHPArizona State (Pick CBB.70)

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