2011 Kansas City Royals Draft Database

From July 6-8, the Kansas City Royals selected 50 players in the 2011 draft. Royals Corner updated the picks live, giving readers a quick summary on the talents of all 50 picks. Click here to view the summaries.


ANALYSIS: With the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, the Royals went local, selecting Gardner Edgerton outfielder Bubba Starling. The 18-year-old possesses perhaps the best athleticism in the entire draft, excelling on both the gridiron and the baseball diamond. The potential five-tool athlete could be a tough sign, thanks to a strong commitment to play both football and baseball at the University of Nebraska.

Read our article on the selection here
Read Scout.com's scouting report on Starling here

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: The Royals popped a catcher with their second pick, and a good one at that. An Aflac All-American, Gallagher is one of Pennsylvania's top high school prospects. The 18-year-old backstop reportedly possesses plus power, although there has been some question about whether or not he will be able to stick behind the plate. Odds are the Royals' selection of Gallagher in the second round is a strong indicator the club believes he can. Gallagher ranked at 59 on Scout.com's Top 100 draft prospects this year, and has a commitment to play baseball at East Carolina next season.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Hailing from the same high school that produced last year's second overall pick, Jameson Taillon, Brickhouse is another exciting pitching prospect. The 19-year-old All-American possesses a fastball that sits at 91-93 mph, along with a solid curveball and changeup that gives him a legitimate three-pitch repertoire. Brickhouse, who ranked as the 69th-best draft prospect on the Scout.com Top 100, has a commitment to pitch at the University of North Carolina next season.

Read Scout.com's scouting report on Brickhouse here

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Smith is a similar pitcher to the Royals' third-rounder. Like Brickhouse, the 18-year-old has shown an excellent three-pitch mix. His fastball sits 89-91 and tops out a few ticks higher. He has an above average curveball that is a potentially plus pitch, along with a solid changeup he throws often. Smith has a commitment to pitch at the University of Florida.

Read Scout.com's scouting report on Smith here

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Five picks, five high school players for the Royals. Leonard was a four-year starter for the 22-time Texas state champion St. Thomas Eagles, who are coached by future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio. A baseball fanatic, the 18-year-old was reportedly home-schooled last season so he would have more time to work on his skills. Leonard has a commitment to play at Georgia next year.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: The Royals finally selected their first collegiate athlete -- sort of. Ogando, who turned 19-years-old on Monday (same as Brickhouse), hails from Caribbean Univeristy in Puerto Rico. The 6-foot-3 southpaw reportedly reached 94 mph with his fastball at a showcase in May.

Status: Signed ($150,000)


ANALYSIS: Moen is the first Royals draftee this year with the distinction of being born in the '80s. Pitching this spring for the Oregon Ducks, the 23-year-old right-hander was 1-4 with a 3.05 ERA. In 41.1 innings pitched, Moen held opponents to a .185 batting average while striking out 43 batters and walking 16. Prior to coming to Oregon, he pitched two seasons at El Camino College in Torrance, California, where he was named as the 2009 South Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year. Moen reportedly tops out in the low- to mid-90s with his fastball.

Status: Signed ($45,000)


ANALYSIS: At 6-foot-5, Beal has an ideal frame that offers a lot of projection, but he reportedly has slightly below average velocity. At 17-years old, he is the youngest player the Royals have selected thus far. Beal has a commitment to play at South Carolina next year.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Brooks, a 21-year-old junior, was CSU San Bernardino's best starter this spring. The 6-foot-4 right-hander posted a 5-7 record with a 2.74 ERA in 2011. In 92.0 innings pitched, he fanned 78 batters and issued just eight walks while holding opponents to a .241 average. For his efforts this season, he was named to the All-CCAA second team. Brooks reportedly throws a low-90s fastball with good movement.

Status: Signed ($90,000)


ANALYSIS: The Royals went back to the school at which they found current big league reliever Everett Teaford, grabbing Georgia Southern right-hander Matt Murray in the 10th round. Murray was originally drafted the Dodgers in the 39th round out of high school, but he elected to attend school instead. After starting for his first two seasons, the 21-year-old junior pitched primarily out of the bullpen this spring for the Eagles, posting a 2.39 ERA while fanning 72 batters and walking 21 in 67.2 innings pitched. Opponents hit just .207 against Murray in 2011. For his efforts, he was named as the Southern Conference's Pitcher of the Year.

Status: Signed ($75,000)


ANALYSIS: Tabbed by some experts as the top prospect in Delaware this spring, the speedy Allen is a terror on the basepaths and an excellent defensive center fielder. However, he is reportedly quite raw at the plate, despite being named as a three-time All-State player. This spring, he was Delaware's high school player of the year.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: The Royals went local again in the 12th round, selecting Park Hill South senior Adam Schemenauer. The 6-foot-9 southpaw comes out of the same school that produced Boston left-hander Tommy Hottovy, who made his big league debut last week. Schemenauer is a little raw as a pitcher, but he has reportedly topped out as high as 93 mph with his fastball. Considered a tough sign, the 18-year-old has a strong commitment to Louisville.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: For the second pick in a row, the Royals selected a player who wouldn't look out of place as the center on a basketball team. Lumpkins, an American University junior, actually does play hoops. In fact, the forward averaged 13.5 points per game last season. American doesn't have a baseball team, but the big southpaw has shown the ability to top out in the low-90s. He was selected by the Pirates in the 42nd round of last year's draft, but he chose not to sign.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Toney was originally selected by the Florida Marlins in the 33rd round of last year's draft, but he chose instead to attend Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL. For the Commodores this spring, the young outfielder hit .305 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs in 187 at bats. As a football player in high school, he was clocked as running a 4.32 second 40-yard dash.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Originally selected by the Rockies in the 41st round of the 2008 draft, "Dean" Espy was arguably the Bruins' best hitter this spring. The 21-year-old hit .320/.374/.424 with three home runs, 15 doubles, and 40 RBIs in 231 at bats. The first baseman has good bloodlines -- his father, Duane Espy, played eight seasons in the minor leagues before turning to coaching. The elder Espy has served as the hitting coach for both the Padres and the Rockies.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: The Royals were linked to Lopez this spring, flying him into Kansas City for a pre-draft workout. The 18-year-old shortstop hit .462 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs for Deltona High this season, and he reportedly plays outstanding defense. The son of Reds bullpen coach Juan Lopez, the young middle infielder has a commitment to play baseball at Miami next season.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Cuckovich, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, is the first second baseman the Royals have selected in this year's draft. The 19-year-old Canadian played collegiately at Riverside Community College.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Ferguson, a 22-year-old senior, was a weekend starter for Arkansas State for the last two seasons. This spring, the 6-foot-1 right-hander was 7-4 with a 3.57 ERA for the RedWolves, fanning 80 batters in 88.1 innings while issuing 28 walks and holding opponents to a .230 batting average. He tossed two complete games, including one shutout.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Flemer, a junior at Cal, has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this season for the Golden Bears. In 26 appearances, the 20-year-old right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.62 ERA. Flemer has fanned 36 batters in 33.2 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .230 batting average. He reportedly throws a fastball that sits in the upper-80s/low-90s, along with a solid slider.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: With their 20th-round selection, the Royals have ensured they'll have at least two-thirds of Gulf Coast Community College's starting 2011 outfield. For the Commodores this spring, Gore hit .330 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 197 at bats. The 20-year-old originally hails from Macon, Georgia.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Stuck behind top catching prospect John Hicks, Kenny Swab has not seen much time behind the dish for the Cavaliers. Nevertheless, the Royals selected the senior as a catcher. This season, Swab is hitting .306/.427/.422 with 16 doubles and 26 RBIs in 173 at bats. Prior to coming to UVA, the 22-year-old backstop was selected by the Reds in the 48th round of the 2009 draft.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Middendorf this spring was named to the NCAA Division II All-America first team after posting a 9-3 record with a 1.73 ERA. The 6-foot-4 southpaw made 14 starts this season for Northern Kentucky, fanning 127 batters while walking just 15 in 109.1 innings. Opponents batted just .180 against the 22-year-old senior. His profile page on the school's website states he has a "great breaking ball to complement a superb fastball."

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: With the 23rd selection, the Royals took their third catcher in this year's draft. Harper, 20, is a switch hitter originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. Most notably, he is the son of former major league catcher Brian Harper, who is now the manager of the Tennessee Smokies, the Chicago Cubs' Double-A affiliate

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Spencer Patton could be an interesting senior draftee. The 23-year-old right-hander was SIUE's best pitcher this spring, finishing the season 9-3 with a 2.55 ERA. In 88.1 innings pitched, Patton fanned 109 batters -- the second-highest single season total in school history -- while issuing just 29 walks. In March, he struck out 12 hitters in three consecutive games.

Status: Signed

ANALYSIS: In Mark Threlkeld, the Royals selected their first third baseman of the draft, and perhaps their most intelligent new player as well. Prior to matriculating to Louisiana Tech, Threlkeld was his high school's senior class valedictorian, and he's currently majoring in construction engineering. When he wasn't busy doing math problems this spring, the 21-year-old junior hit .309/.401/.517 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs for the Bulldogs, earning second team All-WAC honors.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Moorefield, a redshirt sophomore, pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the Clemson Tigers this spring. In 24 appearances, the 21-year-old southpaw logged a 2-1 record with a 5.28 ERA. Moorefield pitched 15.1 innings, striking out nine while surrendering 19 hits and five walks. Prior to attending Clemson, he was reportedly a highly-regarded high school prospect in South Carolina.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: In the 27th round, the Royals selected yet another multi-sport standout. Lee Clubb played four sports at Iowa Park, but he is perhaps best-known for his prowess as the quarterback of his high school's football team. After being recruited by schools such as TCU and Texas Tech (who were no doubt tempted by his 4.4-second 40-yard dash time), the 18-year-old athlete signed a letter of intent to play football at Colorado State. However, this spring Clubb hit .553 with 31 stolen bases, and he has expressed a willingness to sign for the right offer. According to his local paper, it could take up to a $300,000 bonus to bring him into the fold.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Blessed with a projectable frame and a fastball that has been clocked as high as 94 mph, Jordan Ramsey entered the 2011 season high on a lot of teams' radars. Unfortunately for him, he contracted mono this spring and missed most of his senior season. When he did pitch, his velocity was reportedly a bit underwhelming, and his draft stock fell significantly. Healthy now, however, the 18-year-old has been pitching well in Legion ball, and the Royals could make a serious bid to lure him away from his commitment to UNC Wilmington.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Jake Junis is a basketball and baseball standout at Rock Falls High School in Rock Falls, Illinois. On the diamond, the 6-foot-3 right-hander reportedly throws his fastball between 88-91 mph, and he shows promising secondary offerings. Considered a difficult sign, Junis has committed to play baseball at NC State next season.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: The Royals concluded the draft's second day with another player who could be difficult to sign. Mark (Christian) Binford is a 6-foot-7 right-hander with a strong commitment to the University of Virginia. The 18-year-old had Tommy John surgery in 2009, but he returned late last year and was reportedly throwing his fastball in the low-90s this season. For Mercersburg Academy this spring, Binford was 9-1 with a 0.48 ERA. In 58 innings pitched, he surrendered just 24 hits and five walks while fanning 82 batters.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Chris Serritella, a first baseman, was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team during his sophomore year in 2010 after hitting .374 with 13 home runs and 64 RBIs for the Salukis. Unfortunately, the 21-year-old broke a bone in his wrist prior to the start of the 2011 season, and he had to take a medical redshirt. When healthy, Serritella has been an offensive force at the collegiate level.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Nick Piscotty is a 6-foot-3 right-hander from Amador Valley High School, located in the San Francisco Bay area in California. The 18-year-old hurler was impressive in the Area Code games last year, throwing a fastball that reportedly sat in the upper-80s along with a tremendous curveball that he had excellent control of. With his frame, he could have room to add some velocity as he matures.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Abe Gonzales, a 23-year-old senior, has been an incredibly versatile pitcher for the Rice Owls. This spring, the Houston southpaw was 8-2 with a 2.91 ERA. He appeared in 25 games, starting six, and fanned 43 batters in 74.1 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .250 batting average. Head coach Wayne Graham said prior to the season that Gonzales showed improved velocity last fall.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Ali Williams pitched primarily out of the bullpen this spring for Charleston Southern, finishing 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA. The 21-year-old right-hander appeared in 22 games, fanning 45 batters in 42.1 innings pitched. He has some interesting bloodlines -- he is related to former big league great Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the American League.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: In Gabriel Gray, the Royals in Round 35 selected another talented multi-sport athlete. The 17-year-old was a standout wide receiver at Hazlehurst High School in Mississippi. Recruited by both Mississippi State and Southern Miss, Gray signed a national letter of intent to play football at Alcorn State this fall.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: The Royals have been on Christian Witt all spring. The 2011 All-MIAA right-hander posted a 2.70 ERA this spring for the Bulldogs, fanning 43 batters in 36 innings pitched. He began the season as Truman State's closer but finished the year as a dominating starter. The lifelong Royals fan from Holt, Missouri, usually sits 88-92 mph with his fastball, but he has reportedly been clocked as high as 94.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Matt Wessinger is a 20-year-old middle infielder from St. John's University. The junior sports management major hit .273/.361/.427 this spring with six home runs, 15 doubles, and 42 RBIs in 227 at bats for the Red Storm.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: NSU center fielder Andrew Durden was named a Division II All-American this season after hitting .365/.436/.721 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs this spring. The 22-year-old senior was also a semi-finalist for the Tino Martinez Award, which honors the best player in Division II. The Royals, however, drafted him as a pitcher. Durden made just four appearances on the mound in 2011, surrendering four earned runs in three innings pitched.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Garrett Mattlage is a switch-hitting shortstop from West, Texas. In high school ball this spring, he hit .472 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs in 35 games. The 18-year-old signed a national letter of intent last fall to play baseball at Texas State next year.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Jacksonville State first baseman Ben Waldrip was drafted out of junior college last season by the Atlanta Braves in the 42nd round. After electing not to sign, the 20-year-old infielder hit .344/.416/.547 with a club-best 10 home runs this season for the Gamecocks. Waldrip has played the last two summers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: The Royals went to the junior college ranks to find their fourth catcher in the 2011 draft, selecting Travis Lane from Central Arizona College. The 20-year-old sophomore hit .364/.478/.564 with four home runs and 35 RBIs in 165 at bats this spring for the 2011 NJCAA Western District Champions.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Joey Hawkins of Whitby, Canada, is a highly-regarded middle infield prospect who made some noise in summer leagues and the showcase circuit. He signed last fall to play baseball next season at Missouri State, a school that probably took notice of the 18-year-old when his select team, the Ontario Blue Jays, scrimmaged with the Bears at Springfield's Hammons Field.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Tyler Chism, a senior from Taylorsville, Utah, hit .313/.365/.448 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 201 at bats for the Zags this spring. Prior to transferring to Gonzaga, the 22-year-old outfielder played two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho, where he was a first team NJCAA All-American in 2009 after hitting .396 with seven home runs, 55 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases in 26 attempts.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Andrew Vasquez is a 6-foot-5 pitcher out of Rancho Cucamonga, California. The tall southpaw has committed to play next season at the University of California-Santa Barbara after a stellar career at Los Osos high school.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Julio Morales, a right-hander from San Juan, Puerto Rico, was a senior this year at Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach. The 22-year-old had a bit of a rough spring, posting a 1-1 record with a 13.50 ERA in appearances. Over 12.0 innings pitched, Morales fanned 16 batters, but he also walked 16. He could be a bit of a project.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Chico State third baseman Adrian Bringas received numerous post-season honors this year after hitting .372/.441/.522 with five home runs and 37 RBIs this spring. The 21-year-old senior from San Diego was named to the 2011 ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region First Team, in addition to several other awards.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: Patrick Corbett is a two-way player for Tabb High School in York County, Virginia. At the plate this spring, the 18-year-old shortstop hit .440 with 15 RBIs. On the mound, Corbett finished 4-3 with a 1.33 ERA. In 52.2 innings, the young right-hander fanned 65 batters while issuing just three walks. Drafted as a pitcher, Corbett has a commitment to play next season at Coastal Carolina.

Status: Unsigned

ANALYSIS: Matt Beaty is a power-hitting catcher from Dresden High School in Dresden, Tennessee. The 18-year-old backstop played last fall for the Kansas City Scout Team coached by Royals scout Sean Gibbs. As a junior, Beaty hit .619 with a school-record 19 home runs, going the entire season without striking out. The left-handed hitter has committed to play at Belmont next season.

Status: Unsigned


ANALYSIS: Adrian Morales, a 22-year-old senior out of Hialeah, Florida, has hit .283/.384/.388 with three home runs and 38 RBIs for the South Carolina Gamecocks this year. The infielder was previously drafted by the Houston Astros in 2009 after two excellent seasons at Miami-Dade Community College. He elected instead to attend SC, where he was a starter on last year's National Championship team.

Status: Signed


ANALYSIS: The Royals' final selection of the 2011 draft also has the best name. Kash Kalkowski is a 22-year-old draft-eligible sophomore who redshirted the 2010 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in September 2009. Another surgery followed in July of last year. Prior to those shoulder problems, Kalkowski was a promising pitcher who played for the Huskers as a freshman. In his return as a position player this spring, he hit .299/.378/.469 with five home runs and 42 RBIs in 194 at bats. He also swiped 11 bases in 13 attempts.

Status: Unsigned

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