Royals select Indiana pitching with first two picks

With the 21st pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, the KC Royals selected Ashe Russell, a right-handed pitcher out of Cathedral High School in Indiana.

Russell is 6’4 and 201 pounds. Baseball America ranked him as the 17th best prospect in the draft, while Fangraphs had him at number 37. He committed to Texas A&M and may have been the best dressed draft prospect in the MLB Network studios: he wore a bright red shirt with a white tie, along with alligator shoes.

You can follow Russell on Twitter: @AsheRussell_, who just seemed to have started his account. He also looks a lot like Boston starter Clay Buchholz.


With the 33rd overall pick, the Royals selected Nolan Watson, a right-handed pitcher out of Lawrence North High School in Indiana.

Watson is 6’2 and 195 pounds and committed to Vanderbilt. He was number 56 on Baseball America’s list of draft prospects.


With their second round pick (64th overall), the Royals selected yet another right-handed pitcher. This time, it was of the collegiate variety. Their pick was Josh Staumont out of Azusa Pacific University in California.

Staumont is 6’3 and 200 pounds. Heading into his sophomore season, he was named Preseason NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America. Then, he started a team-high 15 games. He can reach triple-digits with his fastball and has an easy delivery.

According to his college profile, he is a business administration major and wants to pursue an environmental science degree after graduation.


The Royals were expected to take a bat with their first pick, but as you can see, they went with pitching. You can never have enough of it, right?


*In case you missed it, Johnny Damon made the second round selection during the LIVE MLB Network coverage for the Royals.

About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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