Royals take Texas A&M LHP Asa Lacy with 4th pick and Baylor SS Nick Loftin with 32nd

Justin Parrish
June 10, 2020 - 6:34 pm

The Kansas City Royals are coming off of a rough couple of years, posting back to back 100 loss seasons. This isn't exactly surprising, as the team has been in rebuild mode since breaking up a core of players that led them to World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015, culminating in the organization's first World Series Championship in 30 years, in 2015.

With a farm system that's currently ranked 9th in baseball by Bleacher Report and stacked with starting pitching, after nailing the 2018 draft with a fearsome foursome of collegiate pitchers who have had glowing reviews, to this point. So which direction did they go with the 4th overall pick of this year's draft... Pitching, selecting Texas A&M LHP, Asa Lacy.

Starting pitching may be a strength of the Royals' minor-league system but you can never have too many arms and Lacy is a big strong lefty, standing 6'4" with a full arsenal of pitches. It starting with a fastball that tops out at 97mph and while his fastball may be his best pitch, he has plus pitches in his curveball and changeup, with a slider that gives right-handers nightmares. 

In a draft year that could potentially shape the direction of the Royals future, they took the top pitcher in the draft, one who has drawn comparisons to three-time Cy Young winner and MVP Clayton Kershaw. It's hard to pass on player like that and the Royals made the right call in drafting Lacy, a pitcher that spent three years dominating college hitters and could see the big leagues sooner than later.

The Royals young core of Whit Merrifield, Jorge Soler, Adalberto Mondesi, and Hunter Dozier, along with minor-league pitchers Brady Singer, Jackson Kowar, Daniel Lynch, and Kris Bubic, give their fans a lot of hope for the future. Dayton Moore has built this organization into a winner before and there is a foundation in place that wasn't there when he first arrived. The team also has one of the largest money pools for signing undrafted free agents, something that will be vitally important in this year's condensed 5 round draft. Moore takes an old school approach to scouting, they build relationships and trust their instincts, something that brought this organization out of nearly 30 years of futility and I believe they can do it again.

With their competitive balance selection at pick 32 overall, the Royals took a high floor, versatile player in Baylor shortstop Nick Loftin. Loftin is a high contact player at the plate who batted .311 over three years at Baylor and played all over the diamond in both the infield and outfield. Best described as a solid player, Loftin has great fundamentals and isn't going to let his team down but he's not going to carry them either. Strikeouts are rare as he only struckout 38 times over three seasons at Baylor, he makes a lot of contact and puts the ball in play but lacks any real pop with his bat. Loftin can be looked at as a really solid pick here for the Royals, as scouts have described him as the player with the highest floor in the draft. 

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