The Royals opened the second day of the First-Year Player Draft by grabbing a right-handed pitcher from one of the nation’s top prep pitching factories: The Woodlands High School near Houston. Friday’s selections began with the third round, and the Royals chose right-hander Carter Hope, 6 feet 3 and 195 pounds, with the 82nd overall pick. Hope, 18, is the fifth pitcher selected within the first four rounds from The Woodlands over the past seven years. Previous picks include Bryan Brickhouse, whom the Royals chose two years ago in the third round. “They haven’t done bad with (Kyle) Drabek, (Jameson) Taillon and our guy Brickhouse,” scouting director Lonnie Goldberg said. “(Hope) is another projectable right-hander at 6 foot 3. Real clean delivery. “He’s what we look for — a physical body and an athlete.” The Royals chose three pitchers, three outfielders, a catcher and a first baseman Friday with their eight picks; the draft concludes today with rounds 11 through 40. Friday’s picks also included right-hander Luke Farrell from Northwestern in the sixth round. He is the son of Boston manager John Farrell and battled back from having a tumor removed from his neck.
Royals grab a mix of picks on second day of draft
Kansas City Star | Jun 8