List of Kansas City Royals first-round draft picks

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Zack Greinke, drafted in 2002, is the only Royals' first-round pick to win a Cy Young Award with the team.

The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Kansas City, Missouri. The franchise, founded in 1969, plays in the American League Central division.[1] Since the institution of Major League Baseball's Rule 4 Draft, the Royals have selected 56 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft",[2] the Rule 4 Draft is Major League Baseball's primary mechanism for assigning amateur players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings with the team that had the worst record receiving the first pick.[2] In addition, teams that lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.[3] The First-Year Player Draft is unrelated to the 1968 expansion draft in which the Royals initially filled their roster.

Of the 56 players first-round draft picks, 30 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 20 of these were right-handed, while 10 were left-handed. Twelve outfielders were selected, and eight shortstops, three catchers, and two third basemen were taken. The team also selected one player at first base, but has never drafted a second baseman.[4] Fifteen of the players came from institutions in the state of California, while Florida and Texas follow with seven players each. The Royals have drafted two players, Luke Hochevar (2006) and Aaron Crow (2009), who were playing in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball at the time of their draft.[5][6] Both had been drafted previously by other major league teams but had chosen to play for the Fort Worth Cats instead.[5][6] They have also drafted one player from Puerto Rico: Juan Lebron (1995).

Two of their first-round picks have won World Series championships with the team. Outfielder Willie Wilson (1974) and shortstop Buddy Biancalana (1978) appeared during the Royals' 1985 World Series victory.[7] Zack Greinke (2002) is the only first-round pick of the Royals to earn a Cy Young Award with the team, winning in 2009.[8] Royals' first-round picks have never won Rookie of the Year or Most Valuable Player awards, and no pick has been elected to the Hall of Fame. The Royals have made seven selections in the supplemental round of the draft. They have made the first overall selection in the draft once, in 2006.[4][9] The club has had 13 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the prior off-season,[3][10][V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.[11] The Royals' first-ever pick, John Simmons (1969), did not sign with the club but they received no compensatory pick.[12]

Key[edit]

Year Links to an article about that year's Major League Baseball Draft
Position Indicates the secondary/collegiate position at which the player was drafted, rather than the professional position the player may have gone on to play
Organization (Location) Indicates the previous high school, university, or other organization the player was drafted from
Pick Indicates the number of the pick
* Player did not sign with the Royals
§ Indicates a supplemental pick
'85 Player was a member of Royals' 1985 championship team

Picks[edit]

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Clint Hurdle (1975) was the first player drafted by the Royals in the first round from Florida, a state which has produced seven first-rounders for the Royals overall.
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Johnny Damon was the last of four first-round picks by the Royals in 1992 and went on to win World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.[13]
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Mike MacDougal was one of two right-handed pitchers from the state of North Carolina taken by the Royals in the first round of the 1999 draft.
A man in a gray baseball uniform with "KANSAS CITY 35" on the chest and a blue batting helmet runs on the infield dirt of a baseball field.
Mitch Maier (2003) was one of three catchers ever drafted by the Royals in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft.
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Billy Butler (2004) was one of two third basemen taken by the Royals in the first round.
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Luke Hochevar (2006) is one of two players the Royals have drafted in the first round from the Fort Worth Cats and was selected with their only first overall pick.
Year Name Position Organization (Location) Pick Ref
1969 John Simmons* Shortstop Childersburg High School
(Childersburg, Alabama)
23 [14]
1970 Rex Goodson Catcher Pine Tree High School
(Longview, Texas)
8 [15]
1971 Branch, RoyRoy Branch Right-handed pitcher Beaumont High School
(St. Louis, Missouri)
5 [16]
1972 Quirk, JamieJamie Quirk Shortstop St. Paul High School
(Whittier, California)
18 [17]
1973 Lew Olsen Right-handed pitcher San Ramon Valley High School
(Danville, California)
9 [18]
1974 Wilson, WillieWillie Wilson '85 Outfielder Summit High School
(Summit, New Jersey)
15 [19]
1975 Hurdle, ClintClint Hurdle Outfielder Merritt Island High School
(Merritt Island, Florida)
9 [20]
1976 Ben Grzybek Right-handed pitcher Hialeah High School
(Hialeah, Florida)
18 [21]
1977 Jones, MikeMike Jones Left-handed pitcher Sunderland High School
(Pittsford, New York)
21 [22]
1978 Biancalana, BuddyBuddy Biancalana '85 Shortstop Redwood High School
(Greenbrae, California)
25 [23]
1979 Hammaker, AtleeAtlee Hammaker Left-handed pitcher East Tennessee State University
(Johnson City, Tennessee)
21 [24]
1980 Wills, FrankFrank Wills Right-handed pitcher Tulane University
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
16 [25]
1981 Leeper, DaveDave Leeper Outfielder University of Southern California
(Los Angeles, California)
23 [26]
1982 Morris, JohnJohn Morris Outfielder Seton Hall University
(South Orange, New Jersey)
10 [27]
1983 Thurman, GaryGary Thurman Outfielder North Central High School
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
21 [28]
1984 Bankhead, ScottScott Bankhead Right-handed pitcher University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
16 [29]
1985 McRae, BrianBrian McRae Shortstop Manatee High School
(Bradenton, Florida)
17 [30]
1986 Tony Clements Shortstop Don Antonio Lugo High School
(Chino, California)
24 [31]
1987 Appier, KevinKevin Appier Right-handed pitcher Antelope Valley College
(Lancaster, California)
9 [32]
1988 Hugh Walker Outfielder Jacksonville High School
(Sherwood, Arkansas)
18 [33]
1989 Mayne, BrentBrent Mayne Catcher California State University, Fullerton
(Fullerton, California)
13 [34]
1990 no first-round pick[a] [4]
1991 Vitiello, JoeJoe Vitiello Outfielder University of Alabama
(Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
7 [35]
1991 Jason Pruitt Right-handed pitcher Rockingham County High School
(Wentworth, North Carolina)
30§[b] [35]
1992 Tucker, MichaelMichael Tucker Shortstop Longwood College
(Farmville, Virginia)
10 [36]
1992 Pittsley, JimJim Pittsley Right-handed pitcher DuBois Area High School
(DuBois, Pennsylvania)
17[c] [36]
1992 Sherard Clinkscales Right-handed pitcher Purdue University
(West Lafayette, Indiana)
31§[d] [36]
1992 Damon, JohnnyJohnny Damon Outfielder Dr. Phillips High School
(Orlando, Florida)
35§[e] [36]
1993 Jeff Granger Left-handed pitcher Texas A&M University
(College Station, Texas)
5 [37]
1994 Matt Smith Left-handed pitcher Grants Pass High School
(Grants Pass, Oregon)
16 [38]
1995 Juan Lebron Outfielder Carmen Bozello Huyke High School
(Arroyo, Puerto Rico)
22 [39]
1996 Brown, DeeDee Brown Outfielder Marlboro Central High School
(Marlboro, New York)
14 [39]
1997 Reichert, DanDan Reichert Right-handed pitcher University of the Pacific
(Stockton, California)
7 [40]
1998 Austin, JeffJeff Austin Right-handed pitcher Stanford University
(Stanford, California)
4 [41]
1998 Matt Burch Right-handed pitcher Virginia Commonwealth University
(Richmond, Virginia)
30[f] [41]
1998 George, ChrisChris George Left-handed pitcher Klein High School
(Spring, Texas)
31§[g] [41]
1999 Snyder, KyleKyle Snyder Right-handed pitcher University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
7 [42]
1999 MacDougal, MikeMike MacDougal Right-handed pitcher Wake Forest University
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
25[h] [42]
1999 Jay Gehrke Right-handed pitcher Pepperdine University
(Malibu, California)
32§[i] [42]
1999 Gobble, JimmyJimmy Gobble Left-handed pitcher John S. Battle High School
(Bristol, Virginia)
43§[j] [42]
2000 Mike Stodolka Left-handed pitcher Centennial High School
(Corona, California)
4 [43]
2001 Colt Griffin Right-handed pitcher Marshall High School
(Marshall, Texas)
9 [44]
2002 Greinke, ZackZack Greinke Right-handed pitcher Apopka High School
(Apopka, Florida)
6 [45]
2003 Lubanski, ChrisChris Lubanski Outfielder Kennedy–Kenrick Catholic High School
(Norristown, Pennsylvania)
5 [46]
2003 Maier, MitchMitch Maier Catcher University of Toledo
(Toledo, Ohio)
30[k] [46]
2004 Butler, BillyBilly Butler Third baseman Wolfson High School
(Jacksonville, Florida)
14 [47]
2004 Matthew Campbell Left-handed pitcher University of South Carolina
(Columbia, South Carolina)
29[l] [47]
2004 Howell, J. P.J. P. Howell Left-handed pitcher University of Texas at Austin
(Austin, Texas)
31§[m] [47]
2005 Gordon, AlexAlex Gordon Third baseman University of Nebraska–Lincoln
(Lincoln, Nebraska)
2 [48]
2006 Hochevar, LukeLuke Hochevar Right-handed pitcher Fort Worth Cats
(Fort Worth, Texas)
1 [49]
2007 Moustakas, MikeMike Moustakas Shortstop Chatsworth High School
(Chatsworth, California)
2 [50]
2008 Hosmer, EricEric Hosmer First baseman American Heritage School
(Plantation, Florida)
3 [51]
2008 Montgomery, MikeMike Montgomery Left-handed pitcher Hart High School
(Newhall, California)
36[n] [51]
2009 Crow, AaronAaron Crow Right-handed pitcher Fort Worth Cats
(Fort Worth, Texas)
12 [52]
2010 Colon, ChristianChristian Colon Shortstop California State University, Fullerton
(Fullerton, California)
4 [53]
2011 Starling, BubbaBubba Starling Outfielder Gardner Edgerton High School
(Gardner, Kansas)
5 [54]
2012 Zimmer, KyleKyle Zimmer Right-handed pitcher University of San Francisco
(San Francisco, California)
5 [55]
2013 Dozier, HunterHunter Dozier Shortstop Stephen F. Austin State University
(Nacogdoches, Texas)
8 [56]
2013 Manaea, SeanSean Manaea Left-handed pitcher Indiana State University
(Terre Haute, Indiana)
34§[o] [56]
2014 Finnegan, BrandonBrandon Finnegan Left-handed pitcher Texas Christian University
(Fort Worth, TX)
17
2014 Griffin, FosterFoster Griffin Left-handed pitcher The First Academy
(Orlando, FL)
28

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  • V Free agents are evaluated by the Elias Sports Bureau and rated "Type A", "Type B", or not compensation-eligible. If a team offers arbitration to a player but that player refuses and subsequently signs with another team, the original team may receive additional draft picks. If a "Type A" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives a supplemental pick and a compensation pick from the team with which he signs. If a "Type B" free agent leaves in this way his previous team receives only a supplemental pick.[11]
  • a The Royals lost their first-round pick in 1990 to the San Diego Padres as compensation for signing free agent Mark Davis.[57]
  • b The Royals gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1991 for losing free agent Steve Farr.[35]
  • c The Royals gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1992 from the San Diego Padres for losing free agent Kurt Stillwell.[36]
  • d The Royals gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1992 for losing free agent Danny Tartabull.[36]
  • e The Royals gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1992 for losing free agent Kurt Stillwell.[36]
  • f The Royals gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1998 from the Arizona Diamondbacks for losing free agent Jay Bell.[41]
  • g The Royals gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1998 for losing free agent Jay Bell.[41]
  • h The Royals gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1999 from the Boston Red Sox for losing free agent José Offerman.[42]
  • i The Royals gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1999 for losing free agent José Offerman.[42]
  • j The Royals gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1999 for losing free agent Dean Palmer.[42]
  • k The Royals gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2003 from the Atlanta Braves for losing free agent Paul Byrd.[46]
  • l The Royals gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2004 from the San Francisco Giants for losing free agent Michael Tucker.[47]
  • m The Royals gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2004 for losing free agent Raúl Ibáñez.[47]
  • n The Royals gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2008 from the Milwaukee Brewers for losing free agent David Riske.[58]
  • o The Royals gained an extra first-round pick in 2013 as a result of the 2012 Competitive Balance Lottery.[59]

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