Royals 2010 Draft Database

With the 2010 First Year Player Draft in the books, RC provides comments on each of the Kansas City Royals' 50 draft picks. The Royals made a pretty clear effort to select college players this year, taking a total of just nine high school athletes. Read all about each player inside.

Round

Player

Comment

1.

Christian Colon, SS

Cal State Fullerton

DOB: 5/14/89

B/T: R/R

HT: 6-0

WT: 185


See report here 

2.

Brett Eibner, OF

Arkansas
DOB: 12/2/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-3
WT: 205

On the mound, Eibner this spring fanned 54 batters in 55.1 IP with a 4.39 ERA. At the plate, he hit .337/.451/.722 with a club-best 21 HR. Word is that he wants to be an outfielder, and the Royals have indeed selected him to play there. Some clubs liked Eibner better as a pitcher. 

3.

Mike Antonio, SS
HS - New York, NY
DOB: 10/26/1991
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-2
WT: 190
The Royals continue to add middle infield depth, taking a high school shortstop from New York. Antonio was a 2010 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season High School All-American.

4.

Kevin Chapman, LHP
Florida
DOB: 2/19/88
B/T: L/L
HT: 6-3
WT: 210
The Royals in recent years have added several high upside collegiate relievers through the draft. Armed with a plus fastball and slider and a solid changeup, Chapman figures to fit that bill. The 22-year-old this spring has 11 saves and a sparkling 1.28 ERA for the Gators. As a senior, he should be a relatively easy sign. 

5.

Jason Adam, RHP
HS - Blue Valley NW
DOB: 8/4/91
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-4
WT: 225
The Royals went local for their fifth round pick, grabbing Adam out of Blue Valley NW High School in Overland Park, KS. The 18-year-old right-hander throws a fastball that tops out in the mid-90s, along with a potentially plus curveball and promising changeup. The Royals will try to lure him out of a commitment to Mizzou.

6.

Scott Alexander, LHP
Sonoma State
DOB: 7/10/89
B/T: L/L
HT: 6-3
WT: 210
Alexander was selected by the Reds in the 37th round of the 2007 draft, but he opted instead to attend Pepperdine. He transferred to DII Sonoma State, where he was 3-6 this spring with a 4.50 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 68.0 innings. He throws a fastball that touches 93, along with a changeup and a slider that needs some work.

7.

Eric Cantrell, RHP
George Washington U
DOB: 7/25/89
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-4
WT: 210
Cantrell went 8-4 with a 3.67 ERA this spring for GW. The 20-year-old right-hander fanned 114 batters in 100.2 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .264 batting average. He doesn't possess and overwhelming fastball, but he's got a big frame and an above average changeup.

8.

Michael Mariot, RHP
Nebraska
DOB: 10/20/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-0
WT: 190
Mariot was arguably the Huskers' best starter this spring, compiling a 6-6 record with a 4.70 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 95.2 innings pitched. He features a solid three-pitch mix, including a low-90s fastball that touches 94 on occasion.

9.

Whit Merrifield, OF
South Carolina
DOB: 1/24/89
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-0
WT: 165
That's four college players in a row for the Royals, who took the versatile Merrifield as an outfielder. The 21-year-old junior hit .332/.412/.518 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs for the Gamecocks this spring while spending the majority of his time in right field.

10.

Tim Ferguson, OF
Mississippi
DOB: 10/25/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-1
WT: 190
The Royals grabbed another college outfielder in the 10th round, their third already in the draft. Ferguson, a junior at Ole Miss, hit .294/.368/.447 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 262 at bats. The speedy leadoff hitter also swiped 24 bases in 28 attempts.

11.

Alex McClure, SS
Middle Tenn. St.
DOB: 6/16/89
B/T: S/R
HT: 6-0
WT: 185 
The Royals took their first switch-hitter of the draft with McClure, a shortstop from Middle Tennessee State University. McClure is an interesting pick, because the 20-year-old was not eligible to play this season after transferring from Vanderbilt. McClure comes from a baseball background, as his father is the head coach at Austin Peay State University.

12.

Danny Hernandez, RHP
Miami Dade CC
DOB: 4/14/89
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-1
WT: 180
In the 12th round, the Royals grabbed their first junior college player, selecting Miami Dade right-hander Danny Hernandez. The 21-year-old reportedly has a good fastball that tops out around 93 mph, along with a changeup and slider.

13.

Jon Gray, RHP
HS - Chandler, OK
DOB: 11/5/91
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-5
WT: 245
The Royals could have a tough sign with Gray, who has committed to the University of Oklahoma. The big right-hander has a good fastball that sits in the low-90s, along with an excellent slider that has allowed him to rack up tremendous strikeout numbers.

14.

Mike Giovenco, RHP
North Park University
DOB: 1/4/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-6
WT: 235 
Giovenco is a huge right-hander from North Park University in Chicago. He features a plus fastball that touches the mid-90s, along with a hard curve. The 22-year-old was 6-5 this spring with a 3.48 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 82.2 innings pitched.  

15.

Jason Mitchell, RHP
UT - Arlington
DOB: 3/13/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-2
WT: 185
Mitchell, a senior, was a weekend starter for the Texas-Arlington Mavericks this spring, compiling a 7-6 record and 4.66 ERA. In 112.0 innings pitched, he fanned 113 batters, including 18 in a game against Missouri State earlier this year. He fastball grades out a tick below average, but he has an interesting assortment of secondary pitches.

16.

Charles Byrne, RHP
East Tenn. State U
DOB: 1/26/89
B/T: S/R
HT: 6-3
WT: 185
Charles "Chas" Byrne was a two-way player at ETSU, hitting .351 while manning the outfield on days in which he didn't pitch. On the mound, the 21-year-old went 5-6 with a 6.91 ERA this spring. In 83.1 innings pitched, Byrne fanned 79 batters. The Royals selected him as a pitcher.

17.

Ryan Jenkins, C
Auburn
DOB: 1/26/87
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-2
WT: 220
The Royals grabbed another college senior, opting for Auburn backstop Ryan Jenkins. The 23-year-old is the oldest player the Royals have selected in this draft. Jenkins missed what would have been his senior season last year after breaking his hand. He hit .365/.418/.562 with seven home runs for the Tigers this spring.

18.

Brian Fletcher, OF
Auburn
DOB: 10/26/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-0
WT: 175
Two Auburn Tigers in a row. Fletcher, whose father Scott played in the major leagues, is a power-hitting outfielder. The 21-year-old slammed 22 home runs this spring, hitting .357/.427/.694 in 252 at bats. If the Royals sign him, he could add a badly needed right-handed power bat to the system.

19.

Kevin David, C
Oklahoma State
DOB: 4/10/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-1
WT: 205
The Royals went with another major conference catcher, selecting David out of OSU. The 22-year-old backstop was drafted by the Cubs last season as a redshirt junior, but he declined to sign. David is athletic behind the plate, and he hit .279/.352/.452 with six homers in 208 at bats this spring for the Cowboys.

20.

Cameron Conner, OF
Indiana University SE
DOB: 1/16/88
B/T: L/L
HT: 6-2
WT: 185 
Amazingly, the Royals waited until the 20th round to select a left-handed hitting position player. Conner, 22, hit .339/.477/.439 with five home runs and 28 RBIs in 189 at bats this spring. The speedy outfielder also swiped an incredible 44 bases in 48 attempts.

21.

Michael Liberto, SS
Missouri
DOB: 6/21/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 5-7
WT: 170
The Royals selected their first Missouri Tiger, grabbing shortstop Michael Liberto. The 21-year-old hit .317 this spring with eight doubles, three triples, and 31 RBIs in 186 at bats. Liberto doesn't have much power, but he's an athletic senior who should be a relatively easy sign.

22.

Tyler Graham, RHP
Nevada
DOB: 10/5/87
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-4
WT: 250
Graham served as the Nevada Wolf Pack's closer this spring, saving 10 games while compiling a 4.17 ERA in 41.0 innings pitched. A senior out of Shingle Springs, California, Graham began his collegiate career with Sierra College.

23.

Steven Neff, LHP
South Carolina
DOB: 2/24/89
B/T: L/L
HT: 6-2
WT: 205
The Royals took another collegiate reliever and their second Gamecock. Neff, a redshirt sophomore, appeared in 15 games this spring, logging a 2-1 record and 4.30 ERA. In 2007, he was the Gatorade South Carolina High School Player of the Year.

24.

Brandon Glazer, SS
HS - Clear Spring, MD
DOB: 1/29/92
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-3
WT: 190
The Royals finally broke a string of 10 straight collegiate players, selecting Glazer with their 24th round pick. The 18-year-old shortstop could be a difficult sign, with a commitment to the College of Charleston. In addition to being a solid shortstop with an excellent bat, Glazer is also a fine pitcher, and he has a chance to be a two-way player for the Cougars.

25.

Buddy Sosnoskie, OF
Virginia Tech
DOB: 2/25/89
B/T: L/L
HT: 6-1
WT: 180
Sosnoskie had an excellent junior season for the Hokies, hitting .347/.393/.609 with a team-best 13 home runs in 202 at bats this spring. The 21-year-old received a medical redshirt during his freshman season in 2008 after undergoing shoulder surgery on his labrum.

26.

Jonathan Dooley, RHP
Henderson State U
DOB: 8/22/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-0
WT: 205
Dooley, a senior at Arkansas' Henderson State University, was his club's best starter this spring. The 21-year-old right-hander went 6-3 with a 5.50 ERA, fanning 65 batters in 72.0 innings pitched. He tossed two complete games and reportedly throws a fastball that reaches the mid-90s.

27.

Jose Rodriguez, OF
Miami Dade CC
DOB:
B/T: S/R
HT: 5-8
WT: 150
The Royals went back to Miami Dade CC, as Jose Rodriguez joins teammate Danny Hernandez as a KC draftee. Rodriguez was listed on the Sharks' roster as an infielder, but the Royals apparently prefer him as an outfielder.

28.

Murray Watts, 1B
Arkansas State U
DOB: 10/9/87
B/T: L/R
HT: 6-7
WT: 270
The Royals selected their first first baseman, and a big one at that. The 22-year-old Watts stands at 6-foot-7, 270 lbs. Watts showed excellent power this spring, leading the RedWolves with a line of .374/.482/.617 and 13 home runs in 222 at bats.

29.

Alexander Marquez, C
HS - Puerto Rico
DOB: 12/10/92
B/T: R/R 
HT: 5-11 
WT: 190
It was bound to happen sooner or later, but we've got no information on Marquez. The 17-year-old is the youngest player the Royals have drafted this year, and he is the third catcher selected.

30.

Chad Blauer, RHP
Point Loma Nazarene U
DOB: 12/21/87
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-3
WT: 215
The Royals finished the second day of the draft by selecting college senior Chad Blauer. The 22-year-old right-hander had an excellent final campaign for PNLU, going 13-2 with a 3.57 ERA. In 103.1 innings pitched, Blauer fanned 103 while holding opponents to a .235 average.

31.

Parker Bangs, RHP
South Carolina
DOB: 12/22/87
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-4
WT: 210
Bangs is a two-way player for the Gamecocks, but the Royals selected him as a RHP. On the mound this spring, the 22-year-old appeared in 14 games, all in relief, logging a 5.27 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched. At the plate, he hit .267/.366/.517 with three home runs in 60 at bats.

32.

Justin Hageman, RHP
HS - Hopkinsville, KY
DOB: 11/23/91
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-2
WT: 205
Hageman is an 18-year-old pitcher from Hopkinsville High School in Kentucky. He has a commitment to Western Kentucky, where he has been recruited as a two-way player (OF/RHP). One of the best high school pitching prospects in Kentucky, Hageman was also recruited by Louisville, Kentucky, Clemson, and Coastal Carolina.

33.

Cole Lohden, RHP
Southern Arkansas U
DOB: 6/13/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-4
WT: 220
Lohden pitched in the same Southern Arkansas rotation as Cubs first rounder Hayden Simpson. The 22-year-old right-hander went 6-2 this spring with a 4.10 ERA for the Muleriders. In 59.1 innings pitched, he fanned 69 batters while holding opponents to a .227 average.

34.

Mark Blackmar, RHP
HS - Corpus Christi, TX
DOB: 4/28/92
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-2
WT: 205
Blackmar, who hail's from Corpus Christi's Carroll High, is the son of pro golfer Phil Blackmar. The 18-year-old was a two-way player in high school but projects best as a pitcher in professional baseball. He reportedly throws a fastball that tops out in the low-90s.

35.

Kris Carlson, RHP
Wenatchee Valley CC
DOB: 10/30/89
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-3
WT: 190

We don't have much information about Kris Carlson, the Royals' 35th round selection out of Wenatchee Valley College. It appears the 20-year-old was primarily an outfielder in college, but the Royals like him better as a pitcher. He spent two years at Wenatchee Valley.

36.

Mitchell Beacom, LHP
UCLA
DOB: 7/4/89
B/T: L/L
HT: 6-8
WT: 240
Beacom is certainly the tallest player the Royals have selected this year. The towering southpaw has spent the last three years at UCLA, redshirting in 2008. For the Bruins this spring, Beacom appeared in 14 games -- all in relief -- compiling a 1-1 record and 4.58 ERA. He fanned 22 batters in 17.2 innings pitched.

37.

Robbie Penny, RHP
Pitt CC (NC)
DOB: 11/8/88
B/T: L/R
HT: 6-2
WT: 190
Penny was the ace of the Pitt Community College rotation this spring, going 10-1 with a 3.12 ERA. In 66.1 innings pitched, he fanned 73 batters while walking just 18. The 21-year-old actually began his collegiate career with UNC-Chapel Hill before transferring to Pitt.

38.

Nick Graffeo, RHP
Alabama-Birmingham
DOB: 12/14/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-2
WT: 190
Graffeo has a pretty strong KC connection -- he is the stepson of Royals' hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. Serving as UAB's closer this season, the 21-year-old right-hander was 2-2 with eight saves and a 4.32 ERA. He reportedly throws a low-90s fastball, a slider, and a changeup.

39.

Alex Rivers, RHP
Santa Clara U
DOB: 8/13/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 5-10
WT: 170
A weekend starter for Santa Clara, Rivers was the ace of the Broncos' staff this spring. The 21-year-old finished his senior year with a 5-9 record and 4.50 ERA. In 100 innings pitched, Rivers fanned 78 while throwing four complete games and two shutouts.

40.

Dale Cornstubble, C
Central Michigan
DOB: 3/4/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 5-11
WT: 195

A four-year starter at Central Michigan, Cornstubble this spring hit .326/.384/.413 with 16 doubles, one home run, and 43 RBIs. The 22-year-old backstop played high school ball at Homer High (MI), which set a national record with 78 consecutive wins.  

41.

Matt Ridings, RHP
Western Kentucky
DOB: 10/17/87
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-0
WT: 190
Ridings, a four-year starter at Western Kentucky, led the Hilltoppers' pitching staff in victories all four years of his career. This spring, the 22-year-old right-hander was 9-1 with a 3.01 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 92.2 innings pitched. He was selected by the Nationals in the 25th round of last year's draft but decided to return to school for his senior season.

42.

Mike Botelho, C
Chabot College
DOB: 10/3/91
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-2
WT: 215
Botelho this spring was named to the Golden Gate Conference All-Conference Second Team as a relief pitcher. Interesting, he is listed as having been drafted as a catcher, even though everything we're able to find about the 18-year-old suggests he's exclusively been a pitcher.

43.

Dillon Wilson, LHP
Western Oklahoma St.
DOB: 12/25/89
B/T: L/L
HT: 6-7
WT: 210

Wilson had an excellent sophomore campaign for Western Oklahoma State, a team that finished the regular season ranked #1 nationally in the NJCAA Division II. The huge southpaw was 6-1 this spring with a 3.62 ERA. In 50.1 innings pitched, he fanned 69 batters while holding opponents to a .262 BA.

44.

Shawn Payne, 2B
Georgia Southern
DOB: 7/13/89
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-1
WT: 190

The Royals plucked Payne out of Georgia Southern, the same school that produced Naturals' southpaw Everett Teaford. This spring, the 20-year-old hit .345/.458/.500 with five home runs. He stole 43 stolen bases in 45 attempts, including 38 straight before finally being caught. Payne played outfield for the Eagles, but he has previous experience at second base, the position at which the Royals drafted him.

45.

Tom Zebroski, SS
George Washington U
DOB: 9/8/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 5-10
WT: 188
Two GW Colonials were drafted this year, and the Royals got both of them. Zebroski had a sensational senior season, hitting .429/.487/.733 while clubbing 18 home runs in 240 at bats. The shortstop was named as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and was a Louisville Slugger All-America third-team selection.

46.

Drew Robertson, C
Middle Tenn. St.
DOB: 12/22/87
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-3
WT: 185

Middle Tennessee State had a banner year, seeing seven players selected by big league clubs in this year's draft. The Royals took two, including catcher Drew Robertson, who finished his senior year hitting .269/.335/.340 with one home run and 17 RBIs in 156 at bats. Robertson was the Blue Raiders' starting catcher for most of his four-year career.

47.

Darian Sandford, OF
Park University
DOB: 4/28/87
B/T: S/R
HT: 5-9
WT: 165
The Royals selected Sandford as a center fielder, although speedy 23-year-old also has plenty of experience at second base. For Park University this spring, the St. Louis native hit .366 in 164 at bats and swiped an NAIA-best 56 bases in 66 attempts. Sandford is just the second Park University Pirate in the program's history to be selected in the draft.

48.

Jake Hannemann, OF
HS - Highland, UT
DOB: 4/29/91
B/T: L/L
HT: 6-1
WT: 190

Hannemann was an interesting selection by the Royals. The 19-year-old outfielder played on the 2010 Utah state champion Lone Peak High School squad, and he has a scholarship to BYU to play both football and baseball. However, one online article we found suggests Hannemann is leaving in July for a two-year LDS Church mission, so he would appear somewhat unlikely to sign.

49.

Jordan Propst, RHP
South Carolina
DOB: 9/13/88
B/T: R/R
HT: 6-6
WT: 205

With Propst, the Royals selected their fourth South Carolina Gamecock. The 21-year-old righthander appeared in just two games for SC in 2010, throwing a total of just one scoreless inning. His health at present could be a concern, as he has reportedly experienced some elbow pain. Propst joined the Gamecocks as a walk-on in 2008, and, when healthy, throws a fastball that tops out in the low-90s.

50.

Joe Jackson, C
HS - Mauldin, SC
DOB: 5/5/92
B/T: L/R
HT: 6-1
WT: 180


The Royals always seem to find an intriguing 50th round pick, and this year is no exception. Jackson is the great-great-great nephew of Shoeless Joe Jackson, the famed (and shamed) White Sox slugger of the early 20th Century. This Joe Jackson is a catcher with a commitment to play baseball at The Citadel next year.



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