Royals load up on pitching on final day of 2019 MLB Draft


KANSAS CITY – With Bobby Witt Jr. drafted second overall and ten collegiate players selected in the first two days of the MLB Draft, the Kansas City Royals put the finishing touches on their draft Wednesday.

The Royals concluded the draft with 41 total selections, twenty-six of them being pitchers. Majority of the focus was directed to collegiate players, drafting 35 in total.

Pitching was the primary focus on the final day. The Royals nabbed 20 pitchers with their 30 total picks.

Following Witt Jr.’s selection at No. 2 overall, the Royals did not choose a high school talent again until pick No. 16. The remaining high schoolers the Royals selected were taken near the end of the draft. Four of the final five rounds were used to take prep talent.

The Royals will have until August 15 to reach an agreement with the 41 draftees.

Round 11 Vinnie Pasquantino 1B Old Dominion University
Round 12 Adam Lukas RHP University of Evansville
Round 13 Tyler Tolbert SS University of Alabama Birmingham
Round 14 Justin Hooper LHP UCLA
Round 15 Sean Bretz RHP University of Houston
Round 16 Erick Figueroa RHP Juan Jose Maunez HS (Puerto Rico)
Round 17 A.J. Franklin LHP Vanderbilt
Round 18 Burle Bixon CF Cosumnes River College
Round 19 Austin Manning LHP USC
Round 20 Cody Davenport RHP University of Central Arkansas
Round 21 Matthew Stil RHP Rowan College at Gloucester Co.
Round 22 Jake Means 3B Indiana State University
Round 23 Elliot Anderson LHP Auburn University
Round 24 Alex Smith LHP University of Memphis
Round 25 Josh Broughton RHP Valdosta State University
Round 26 Jay Charleston 2B University of Tennessee
Round 27 Zack Phillips LHP University of Mississippi
Round 28 Riley Boyd RHP Jefferson College
Round 29 Jon Beymer RHP Wabash Valley College
Round 30 Jimmy Govern 2B Eastern Illinois University
Round 31 Mikey Filia CF UC Irvine
Round 32 Saul Garza C Louisiana State University
Round 33 Patrick Smith LHP Purdue
Round 34 Justin Fall LHP Brookdale CC
Round 35 Jonah Dipoto RHP UC San Diego
Round 36 Andy Martín CF Hialeah Senior HS (Fla.)
Round 37 Reggie Crawford LHP North Schuylkill HS
Round 38 Augie Sylk LHP USC
Round 39 Jorge Corona C Miami Killian HS (Fla.)
Round 40 David Estevez RHP Pembroke Pines Charter HS (Fla.)

Source: Fox Sports

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