Royals Day 2 of Drafting

Day 2 of the 2015 MLB Draft began around 1pm ET, but the KC Royals had to wait a little bit to make their first selection of the day.

Starting in the third round, the Royals selected centerfielder Anderson Miller out of Western Kentucky with the 98th overall pick. The lefty is the school’s highest draft pick since 2009 and third-highest of all-time.

After hitting just .221 as a freshman, Miller had a breakout sophomore season, hitting .335 in 57 games with 33 RBIs. In his junior season, he hit .295 with a team-high 12 home runs. He also was selected to the Conference USA first team all-conference.

Miller is a former teammate of current Wilmington Blue Rocks reliever Andrew Edwards.

With the 129th overall pick in the draft (fourth round), the Royals selected their fourth pitcher so far in the draft. This time, it was a lefty.

That would be Garrett Davila out of South Point High School in North Carolina. He is listed at 6’2 and 180 pounds.

When Davila’s high school team was off to a 10-3 start, he was 5-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Oh and he struck out 75 in 39 innings (with just ten hits allowed). Included in there was a perfect game. This past offseason, he gained 20 pounds and now throws his fastball over 90mph.

With their third selection of the day, the Royals picked yet another college centerfielder. That came with their 5th round pick (159th overall).

Roman Collins was their selection out of Florida Atlantic. The lefty stands at 6’2 and 210 pounds. Back on May 31st in the Gainesville Regional of the NCAA Tournament, he hit a 6th inning grand slam against USF.

In the 6th round (189th overall), the Royals selected yet another college centerfielder. That would be Cody Jones out of TCU. The switch-hitter is a senior, so expect him to sign quickly (though it will have to come after the Horned Frogs’ College World Series run).

Jones, the leadoff hitter for TCU, is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year after hitting .364 (lead the conference). He also led the conference in on-base percentage (.468), runs scored (48), and stolen bases (25). He is the Big 12’s active leader in career runs scored and stolen bases.

In the 7th round (219th overall), the Royals selected Gabriel Cancel, a high school shortstop from Puerto Rico.

 

In the 8th round (249th overall), they selected lefty Bryon Davis out of the University Arkansas Pine Bluff. He is 6’6, 225 and is a senior. Expect him to sign quickly.

He actually goes by Andre, and he was named first team All-SWAC Conference this season as a first baseman. He hit .364 with 39 RBIs and 34 runs scored. On the mound, Davis had a 2.28 ERA with five saves in 27.2 innings. He struck out 35 batters.

In the 9th round (279th overall), the Royals selected Joseph Markus, another left-handed pitcher (ie Joey Markus). Markus is out of Indian River State College in Florida. He is also another tall human being (6’7 and 220 pounds).

With their final pick of Day 2, the Royals selected right-handed pitcher Alex Luna from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The pick came in the 10th round (209th overall).

Luna is 6’4 and 200 pounds and also a senior. This past season, he went 3-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 13 starts at UAB. Over 70.2 innings, he allowed 69 hits and walked 21, while striking out 49.

 

*All videos are courtesy of MLB.com.

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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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