Draft Tracker 2006: Who's #1 For Royals?

With the 2006 draft just around the corner, organizations are beginning to take a closer look at the draft and assessing their needs and wants. The Kansas City Royals already have zoned in on a target with the 1st overall pick in the 2006 draft. To get a better idea of who the Yankees might draft in June, we'll examine what the other teams are targeting. Find out more in this edition of Draft Tracker 2006.

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Having the first overall pick in the draft is, in so many ways, a blessing to an organization that desperately needs help at all levels. But, along with the good things about having the number one pick, comes the tremendous pressure to bring in the best player for the organization. So far, however, the top pick may even be may even be more clear cut than usual. No, it is not a deep draft, but the young man that figures to be taken first overall is one of the most talented amateur players to come along in several years.

"I'd definitely agree that this draft is of the weaker variety," Royals scouting director, Deric Ladnier told Scout.com. "It is below average compared to what we've had over the past couple years. I mean, looking at last year's draft crop, the big difference is the position players. Last year, there was an abundance of prep position players and college position players. This draft doesn't have that. That's not to say it doesn't have its strengths. It has quality arms and a lot of them. Both at the high school and college level, there are some quality pitchers that could go in the first couple rounds."

Pitching is the strength of the 2006 draft, there's no doubt about that. And, as many in the baseball world have already concluded, the Royals will be taking a pitcher with the first overall pick in the 2006 draft.

"As of now, the guy we pick is going to be a pitcher," Ladnier proclaimed. "There really isn't a guy out there as a position player that I can see as a guy we'd take first overall. It is unusual for that to happen, but the depth of position players isn't there this year. So, we're looking at pitching. But, considering the talent level of the guys we're looking at, we'd probably go that route anyway."

"We want to take the best player," he continued. "That's really how we look at it. We don't really lean towards high school or college players. We stay in the middle of the road and take the route that we feel will get us the best player for our organization. For example, Billy Butler was an excellent pick and so was Alex Gordon last year. One was high school and one was college, but when we picked them, we were sure that they were the best player at that spot and the guy that could help our organization the most."

So, let the narrowing down begin. The Royals and Deric Ladnier are both thinking about the same thing, obtaining an impact pitcher. The organization has also stuck with the philosophy of selecting the best player, whether he is a high school or a college player. But, Kansas City has just about eliminated one area of the talent pool for their number one pick.

"There are no high school pitchers that we'd consider taking first overall," the scouting director told Scout.com. "Yes, there are a lot of very promising guys out there, but no one that we see as being right for us as a number one pick. And, I don't see any position players we'd take first overall either. I won't say there are no position players that could elevate their status, but right now, it looks like a college pitcher and we have a solid idea of what we're looking at. Out of the guys we're looking at very closely for the number one pick, we know that no matter what, we're giving ourselves the best chance to pick up an impact, potential number one starter."

There are a few starting pitchers in this year's draft class that fit the mold that the Royals are looking for. But, right now, there is only one that Kansas City has their sights set on, UNC lefty, Andrew Miller.

"Andrew Miller is obviously the main guy on our list right now," Ladnier revealed. "We're looking for a pitcher and he's about as talented as they come. Obviously it is too early to commit to anyone but he's definitely a top talent and an amazing young arm. Ironically, I was recently at the field that I was at when I first scouted Miller back when he was in high school. We're looking for a pitcher and right now, he is the top option."

For a pitcher of Miller's caliber, the price tag is certainly going to be a hefty one. And, as much as we may like to believe that teams picks players purely on talent, that isn't always the case. However, the Royals will not let any price tag stop them from taking the best player for their organization.

"We're not worried about the price tag of a player," Kansas City's scouting director assured us. "Bottom line, we're taking the best player. When you have the number one pick, you take the best player."

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\r\nHaving the first overall pick in the draft is, in so many ways, a blessing to an organization that desperately needs help at all levels. But, along with the good things about having the number one pick, comes the tremendous pressure to bring in the best player for the organization. So far, however, the top pick may even be may even be more clear cut than usual. No, it is not a deep draft, but the young man that figures to be taken first overall is one of the most talented amateur players to come along in several years.
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\r\n\"I'd definitely agree that this draft is of the weaker variety,\" Royals scouting director, Deric Ladnier told Scout.com. \"It is below average compared to what we've had over the past couple years. I mean, looking at last year's draft crop, the big difference is the position players. Last year, there was an abundance of prep position players and college position players. This draft doesn't have that. That's not to say it doesn't have its strengths. It has quality arms and a lot of them. Both at the high school and college level, there are some quality pitchers that could go in the first couple rounds.\"
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\r\nPitching is the strength of the 2006 draft, there's no doubt about that. And, as many in the baseball world have already concluded, the Royals will be taking a pitcher with the first overall pick in the 2006 draft.
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\r\n\"As of now, the guy we pick is going to be a pitcher,\" Ladnier proclaimed. \"There really isn't a guy out there as a position player that I can see as a guy we'd take first overall. It is unusual for that to happen, but the depth of position players isn't there this year. So, we're looking at pitching. But, considering the talent level of the guys we're looking at, we'd probably go that route anyway.\"
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\r\n\"We want to take the best player,\" he continued. \"That's really how we look at it. We don't really lean towards high school or college players. We stay in the middle of the road and take the route that we feel will get us the best player for our organization. For example, Billy Butler was an excellent pick and so was Alex Gordon last year. One was high school and one was college, but when we picked them, we were sure that they were the best player at that spot and the guy that could help our organization the most.\"
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\r\nSo, let the narrowing down begin. The Royals and Deric Ladnier are both thinking about the same thing, obtaining an impact pitcher. The organization has also stuck with the philosophy of selecting the best player, whether he is a high school or a college player. But, Kansas City has just about eliminated one area of the talent pool for their number one pick.
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\r\n\"There are no high school pitchers that we'd consider taking first overall,\" the scouting director told Scout.com. \"Yes, there are a lot of very promising guys out there, but no one that we see as being right for us as a number one pick. And, I don't see any position players we'd take first overall either. I won't say there are no position players that could elevate their status, but right now, it looks like a college pitcher and we have a solid idea of what we're looking at. Out of the guys we're looking at very closely for the number one pick, we know that no matter what, we're giving ourselves the best chance to pick up an impact, potential number one starter.\"
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\r\nThere are a few starting pitchers in this year's draft class that fit the mold that the Royals are looking for. But, right now, there is only one that Kansas City has their sights set on, UNC lefty, Andrew Miller.
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\r\n\"Andrew Miller is obviously the main guy on our list right now,\" Ladnier revealed. \"We're looking for a pitcher and he's about as talented as they come. Obviously it is too early to commit to anyone but he's definitely a top talent and an amazing young arm. Ironically, I was recently at the field that I was at when I first scouted Miller back when he was in high school. We're looking for a pitcher and right now, he is the top option.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor a pitcher of Miller's caliber, the price tag is certainly going to be a hefty one. And, as much as we may like to believe that teams picks players purely on talent, that isn't always the case. However, the Royals will not let any price tag stop them from taking the best player for their organization.
\r\n
\r\n\"We're not worried about the price tag of a player,\" Kansas City's scouting director assured us. \"Bottom line, we're taking the best player. When you have the number one pick, you take the best player.\"
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\r\nHaving the first overall pick in the draft is, in so many ways, a blessing to an organization that desperately needs help at all levels. But, along with the good things about having the number one pick, comes the tremendous pressure to bring in the best player for the organization. So far, however, the top pick may even be may even be more clear cut than usual. No, it is not a deep draft, but the young man that figures to be taken first overall is one of the most talented amateur players to come along in several years.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'd definitely agree that this draft is of the weaker variety,\" Royals scouting director, Deric Ladnier told Scout.com. \"It is below average compared to what we've had over the past couple years. I mean, looking at last year's draft crop, the big difference is the position players. Last year, there was an abundance of prep position players and college position players. This draft doesn't have that. That's not to say it doesn't have its strengths. It has quality arms and a lot of them. Both at the high school and college level, there are some quality pitchers that could go in the first couple rounds.\"
\r\n
\r\nPitching is the strength of the 2006 draft, there's no doubt about that. And, as many in the baseball world have already concluded, the Royals will be taking a pitcher with the first overall pick in the 2006 draft.
\r\n
\r\n\"As of now, the guy we pick is going to be a pitcher,\" Ladnier proclaimed. \"There really isn't a guy out there as a position player that I can see as a guy we'd take first overall. It is unusual for that to happen, but the depth of position players isn't there this year. So, we're looking at pitching. But, considering the talent level of the guys we're looking at, we'd probably go that route anyway.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"We want to take the best player,\" he continued. \"That's really how we look at it. We don't really lean towards high school or college players. We stay in the middle of the road and take the route that we feel will get us the best player for our organization. For example, Billy Butler was an excellent pick and so was Alex Gordon last year. One was high school and one was college, but when we picked them, we were sure that they were the best player at that spot and the guy that could help our organization the most.\"
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\r\nSo, let the narrowing down begin. The Royals and Deric Ladnier are both thinking about the same thing, obtaining an impact pitcher. The organization has also stuck with the philosophy of selecting the best player, whether he is a high school or a college player. But, Kansas City has just about eliminated one area of the talent pool for their number one pick.
\r\n
\r\n\"There are no high school pitchers that we'd consider taking first overall,\" the scouting director told Scout.com. \"Yes, there are a lot of very promising guys out there, but no one that we see as being right for us as a number one pick. And, I don't see any position players we'd take first overall either. I won't say there are no position players that could elevate their status, but right now, it looks like a college pitcher and we have a solid idea of what we're looking at. Out of the guys we're looking at very closely for the number one pick, we know that no matter what, we're giving ourselves the best chance to pick up an impact, potential number one starter.\"
\r\n
\r\nThere are a few starting pitchers in this year's draft class that fit the mold that the Royals are looking for. But, right now, there is only one that Kansas City has their sights set on, UNC lefty, Andrew Miller.
\r\n
\r\n\"Andrew Miller is obviously the main guy on our list right now,\" Ladnier revealed. \"We're looking for a pitcher and he's about as talented as they come. Obviously it is too early to commit to anyone but he's definitely a top talent and an amazing young arm. Ironically, I was recently at the field that I was at when I first scouted Miller back when he was in high school. We're looking for a pitcher and right now, he is the top option.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor a pitcher of Miller's caliber, the price tag is certainly going to be a hefty one. And, as much as we may like to believe that teams picks players purely on talent, that isn't always the case. However, the Royals will not let any price tag stop them from taking the best player for their organization.
\r\n
\r\n\"We're not worried about the price tag of a player,\" Kansas City's scouting director assured us. \"Bottom line, we're taking the best player. When you have the number one pick, you take the best player.\"
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