Final day of Draft for Royals

The final day of the 2015 MLB Draft came to an end this evening, with rounds 11-40 being completed. The KC Royals made a selection in each round and picked 14 seniors.

Their first pick of the day, 339th overall, was outfielder Ben Johnson out of Texas. The 6’0 junior is a right-handed hitter. As a junior, he was a BIG 12 first team selection and named to the midseason Golden Spikes Awards watch list.

In the 12th round (369th overall), the Royals selected senior right-handed pitcher Daniel Concepcion out of VCU. He broke the VCU single-season saves record with 14 and was on the mound for the final out in the A-10 Championship. Concepcion was a big reason why the Rams reached the Super Regional this past weekend against Miami (but he was lit up in their 10-3 loss in the final game).

In the 13th round (399th overall), they selected Travis Maezes, a shortstop out of the University of Michigan. He is a lefty.

 

In the 14th round (429th overall), the Royals selected Nicholas Dini, a catcher out of Wagner College in NY. The right-handed hitting backstop is a senior.

In the 15th round (459th overall), they selected Marquise Doherty, an outfielder out of Winnetonka High School in Missouri. He is a right-handed hitter and is expected to be a two-sport star at the University of Missouri (he is a running back).

 

In the 16th round (489th overall), they selected Matt Ditman a right-hander out of Rice. He is a senior. He had 11 saves over 58.2 innings this past season with the Owls. Ditman walked 17 while striking out 70.

In the 17th round (519th overall), the Royals selected Matt Portland, a lefty out of Northwestern. In 89 innings this past season, he allowed 108 hits and walked 35 while striking out 68.

In the 18th round (549th overall), they selected Brian Bayliss, a right-handed pitcher out of St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. He is a biology major.

In the 19th round (579th overall), the Royals selected Emmanuel Rivera. He is a right-handed hitting shortstop out of Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico.

In the 20th round (609th overall), they selected right-handed pitcher Junior Harding out of Chipola College in Florida. He is just 5’9.

In the 21st round (639th overall), they selected Austin Bailey, a shortstop out of the University of San Diego. The senior is a switch-hitter. In 54 games, he hit .314 with a .398 on-base percentage (29 walks to 37 strikeouts). Bailey hit eight doubles, three triples, and a home run.

In the 22nd round (669th overall), the Royals selected Stephen Milligan out of Delta State University in Missouri. The senior is a left-handed pitcher, who is best friends with current Wilmington lefty Cody Reed. Milligan is also 6’6 and 230 pounds.

In the 23rd round (699th overall), they selected Colton Frabasilio, a right-handed hitting outfielder from St. Louis University. The senior hit .313 in 55 games with 17 doubles and four homers.

In the 24th round (729th overall), they selected Jonathan McCray, a second baseman from San Bernardino Valley College.

In the 25th round (759th overall), the Royals selected Tyler Carvalho, a right-handed pitcher out of Mesa Community College.

In the 26th round (789th overall), they selected Alex Close, a catcher out of Liberty. The senior is a switch-hitter, who the Royals selected last June in the 27th round. He played in just three games this season for Liberty.

In the 27th round (819th overall), the Royals selected Jacob Bodner, a right-handed pitcher out of Xavier University. The senior pitched in just seven innings this past season for the Musketeers and missed the 2014 season due to a knee injury.

In the 28th round (849th overall), they selected Reed Haynes, a right-handed pitcher out of Walters State Community College in Tennessee. The Royals used their 38th round pick (1149th overall) on teammate Dylan Horne, who is a left-handed pitcher.

In the 29th round (879th overall), the Royals selected Mark McCoy, a lefty out of Rutgers. In his first season with the Scarlet Knights (he transferred from Wake Forest), McCoy was 2-8 with a 5.71 ERA in 13 games (12 starts). He allowed 86 hits in 63 innings and walked 29 compared to 46 strikeouts.

2015 mb draftIn the 30th round (909th overall), they selected Luke Willis, an outfielder out of George Mason. The senior bats from the right side and hit .355 in his final season. Willis also had a .441 on-base percentage. With their 32nd round pick (969th overall), the Royals selected his George Mason teammate, Jake Kalish. Kalish is a left-handed pitcher from North Jersey. In 13 starts during his senior season, he had a 3.44 ERA over 83.2 innings (88 hits allowed). Kalish walked just 14 while striking out 77.

In the 31st round (939th overall), they selected Brian Bien, a shortstop out of Bowling Green. The right-handed hitter is a senior.

In the 33rd round (999th overall), the Royals selected Nathan Esposito, a catcher out of Concordia University in Oregon. The right-handed hitter is a senior.

In the 34th round (1029th overall), they selected Taylor Ostrich, a first baseman out of Old Dominion. The senior bats from the left side and hit .295 in 56 games this past season. He walked (47) more than he struck out (35).

In the 35th round (1059th overall), the Royals selected Trey Stover, a shortstop out of the University of Hartford. The right-handed hitter is a senior that hit .301 in his final season.

In the 36th round (1089th overall), they selected Tanner Stanley, an outfielder out of the University of Richmond. The left-handed hitter hit .305 with 11 doubles and seven home runs and had an on-base percentage of .385.

In the 37th round (1119th overall), they selected Jacob Ruder, a right-handed pitcher out of Nixa High School in Missouri.

In the 39th round (1179th overall), they selected Billy Endris, an outfielder out of FAU. The left-handed hitter hit .329 this past season.

With their final pick of the 2015 MLB Draft, the Royal selected Ford Proctor, a catcher out of Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Texas. The 1209th overall pick bats from the left side.

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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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