Kansas City Royals Draft Breakdown – Rounds 31-40
31st Rd Hayden Edwards 943rd Pick
RHP, 6’9, 185 lb.
Blue Valley (HS) Kansas
By Greg Schaum
Hayden is your classic projectable high school arm. He is committed to the University of Kansas. An all-stater in 2011 he went 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA while playing for Coach Matt Ortman’s squad.
Played summer ball with the KC Barnstormers run by coach Karl Carswell who went to Shawnee Mission West and NC State and also has been an associate scout for the Royals, Rays, and now White Sox. Throws a low 90’s fastball and has a feel for his off speed pitches but he is very much a project if he signs.
KU coach Ritchie Price via KU website. Â Hayden has a very quick arm and good mechanics, especially considering how tall he is. Â As Hayden gets stronger and fills into his body we expect him to only get better. Â He is the best pitcher in the state and we are very excited to watch him develop over the next four years. Â He has the potential to be a premier pitcher in the Big 12 Conference.
If he decides to attend KU he is planning on majoring in Engineering Science.
32nd Rd Patrick Conroy (Signed) 973rd Pick
LHP, 6â€™3â€, 215
Marin Community College, California
by Drew Osborne
It seems as though the Royals have made an effort to sign some strong character guys out of this draft.Â Patrick is one of those strong character guys.Â His head coach Steve Berringer at Marin was glad to talk about Patrick.Â Berringer used phrases like â€œincredible personâ€ and â€œdriven to succeedâ€ when describing Patrickâ€™s character.Â Conroy spends his down time umpiring and helping youngsters learn baseball through camps and lessons.Â Conroy also spends a lot of time around baseball with his father attending various professional games.
Patrick is a driven individual who recently lost 30 pounds.Â This helped him improve his pitching and transformed his body into the body of a professional player.Â Patrick has developed a new love for the weight room and conditioning and this love is what put him in a position to be drafted.Â It is also this work ethic that helped Patrick become a leader of his team.Â He was voted team MVP his freshman and sophomore years.Â Patrick was also honored as an All-American his freshman year as a utility player.Â He can swing the bat and may provide some pop in some interleague games when/if he makes it to Kansas City.
The 6â€™3â€ lefty throws four pitches for strikes.Â Conroy gets to 92 with the fastball and features arm side run.Â He throws a change and curveball for strikes and added a slider this year giving him a swing and miss pitch.Â Opponents found out that when he is down in the zone, Conroyâ€™s fastball explodes on them with good arm side movement making it hard to square up.Â Patrick uses that fastball to his advantage working off the movement and accuracy.Â He can also use the off speed pitches to get ahead in the count and pitch backwards if needed.Â Patrick is a student of the game.Â He is a dependable and very durable player who had a fantastic prep career followed by a fantastic junior college career.Â The Sonoma State signee has reached an agreement with the Royals and has reported to Surprise.
33rd Rd Evan PhillipsÂ (Unsigned) 1003 Overall
RHP, 6’3, 195 lbs
Clayton (HS) North Carolina
by Clint Scoles
Phillips a North Carolina Wilmington recruit has been around the Perfect Game circuit for a few years now originally starting as a third baseman for his Canes baseball team.Â His switch to the mound has worked well for him working his fastball velocity from the mid 80s on up to the upper 80’s with a 90 top speed currently.Â Phillips solid control andÂ curveball are his best attributes as the righthander walked just 16 in 107 innings this last year.
Phillips via the Smithfield Herald- Kansas City was the one that had scouts come most often, he. They were really the only team that kept up with me through calls and emails.
Phillips will likely be a draft and follow as the Royals will have to see where the 1st 10 Rounds shakeout before they can figure out if they are able to buy him out of his scholarship offer.
Clayton HS produced Chris Archer who is currently at AAA in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
34th Rd Marsalis Holloway
OF 5’11 170 lbs
Columbia State Community College
By Drew Osborne
Holloway seems to be the prototypical outfield that Dayton Moore and the Royals like.Â He is a speed guy with little home run power but he finds a way to get extra bases.Â Marsalis had 6 doubles and 5 triples this spring for the Chargers.Â
Marsalis started his college career at Darton College in Georgia and admitted he chose the wrong school.Â After not taking classes seriously and getting into academic trouble he needed a new place to play.Â Head coach Mike Corn brought Holloway in on with the chance he might become a good player on advice from scout Sean Gibbs.Â Holloway helped the Chargers to a 38 game home winning streak on their way to winning the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.
35th Rd Tyler Joyner
LHP, 5’11, 193 lbs
East Carolina University
by Greg Schaum
Tyler was an excellent high school baseball player at Northern Nash HS in North Carolina. He lettered 4 times in baseball and 2 times in football. He pitched a lot in his 4 year HS career going 10-2 as a senior in 13 games with 135 K and 29 BB. He won 10 and lost 2 with 8 CG and 7 SO. He also hit .346 with 3 HR and 19 RBI.
High school baseball was never a big deal to him as he started off school pitching very well going 3-2 with a 1.39 e.r.a as a freshman.
In the summer he pitched for one of the premiere HS programs in the country the Dirtbags. the Dirtbags have produced a lot of talent since 2002 including Royals own Wil Myers.
Unfortunately, Joyner was at the center of one of the most public academic scandals in the last decade at the division one level. He and three other players had their academic advisor, a female tennis player, write their papers for them while they signed their names and turned them in.Â Because of this 2 of the upper class men involved were kicked off the team while Joyner stayed on but was suspended for a large part of his first two years on campus. Eastern Carolina, because of this scandal, received a one year probation for all sports teams.
Tyler got some innings in the summer of 2010 when he pitched for the Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He was 2-2 in 7 games with a 1.97 e.r.a and 53 K.
He earned his way back on the field this year and pitched very well using a 4 pitch repertoire that includes a 88-90 fastball a very good slider and a change up. He went 6-4 with a 3.07 e.r.a and a 94/22 K/BB ratio in 111 IP.
Obviously, outside of HS, he is a P that has not pitched a lot over the last 3 years and the Royals want him to honor his commitment to the Cape Cod League this summer where they will monitor him before deciding on offering him a contract.
He told Nick Piotrowicz of the Rocky Mount Telegram ” I was totally shocked, of course everybody wants to play professional baseball. I was sitting around waiting for the call and it finally came. I am really excited for the opportunity to go play pro ball.”
“Tyler was a real feisty competitor with us as a high school kid.Â He would never back down from a challenge.Â I really enjoyed being around him.Â Always smiling and full of charisma; until he got between the lines and it was business as usual for him.Â He’s currently got quality stuff and feel for a 3-pitch mix, but what separates T.J. from others is his competitive spirit, and belief in himself.Â I think he will make the Royals system proud.”Â Andy Partin, Head Coach Dirtbags Baseball
Tyler was drafted in the 50th round of the 2009 draft by the Cleveland Indians.
36th RdÂ Raphael Andrades #1093 Overall
OF 6’1 190 lbs
Lincoln (HS) Tallahassee, FL
by Zach Mortimer
In the 36th round the Royals selected Ralphael Andrades Outfielder from Lincoln HS in Tallahassee, Florida. Andrades is another great athlete committed to the University of Florida on a duel scholarship to play both Baseball and Football. From watching video he looks to be a raw baseball player in all facets of the game. He will gain polish playing for the Gators and will likely be selected again in the 2015 draft.
37th Rd Jake Newberry 1123rd Overall
RHP, 6’2, 195 lbs
Mirra Mesa (HS) San Diego,Â CA
by Drew Osborne
Jake is a late blooming high school graduate with a lot of projection left in his body.Â His high school coach Jered Suwyn feels that he still has a few mph left to find.Â As he develops a professional body through condition and the weight room he should continue to see improvment.
“I think adding core and leg strenght will get him to 94 mph no problem.” Suwyns says.
Jake currently is 88-91 range with his 4 seam fastball.Â He compliments that with a 2-seamer running in a few ticks off the pace as well as mixing in a strong change up.Â Newberry has also recently added a slider to arsenal.Â With only one year of varsity pitching, there is a lot of growth potential to to this righty.Â As he gets stronger and learns how to utilize his body he should be able to cleanup up his delivery and make it more consistent.
Jake is a very coachable kid who loves country music.Â I have feelings he will sign rather than attend junior college.Â If he reaches those projections and gets into the mid 90’s he could become a great late round find for Kansas City.
38th Rd Carlos Urena #1153 Overall
OF 6’2, 195 lbs
Whitehall (HS) Pennsylvania
By Zach Mortimer
In the 38th Round Royals selected Pennsylvania Outfielder Carlos Urena. Urena has great speed running the 60 yard dash in 6.6 seconds. During the 2012 season Carlos batted .431/.542/1.434 for Whitehall High School which is in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. The talent crop in this area is usually considered very low as Urena was the only high school player in this area selected. While watching video on Urena in the batterâ€™s box he holds his hands high and has his feet spread apart. Urena looks to be a serious athlete a body mold that the Royals really like to have in their system. Â
39th Rd Justin Leeson Â #1183 Overall
R/R OF, 6’3 200 lbs
By Zach Mortimer
The Royals Selected Georgetown Outfielder Justin Leeson in the 39th Round. In 2011 Leeson batted .325/.419/.858 for Georgetown. At the plate he was able to collect 8 triples, score 40 runs, and had 93 total bases. He added 6 OF assists. Leeson seems to have good plate discipline collecting 31 walks and only striking out 40 times. Justin was able to steal 18 bases in 24 attempts. Leeson is a college junior who has another year of eligibility if he chooses to go back and play his Senior Season for the Hoyas. This summer he will be playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League for the Harwich Mariners.
40th Rd Taylor Kaczmarek
RHP 6’2, 225 lbs
South Mountain Community College
by Drew Osborne
As most of you have already read in a widely distributed Baseball America blog entry,Â Taylor has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia.Â The word Leukemia basically is an umbrella term for some sort of blood or bone marrow disorder.Â In this case, Iâ€™m not positive what type of cancer Taylor is dealing with.Â Most people are diagnosed with Leukemia as adults and about 80% never recover so what Taylor is battling is very serious.Â But, we know Taylor is a strong competitor so he will battle this with everything he has.Â And he is very positive and upbeat about his ordeal.Â
Taylor was drafted by the Dodgers in the 50th round out of Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona.Â After an outstanding high school career he was honored as the Arizona 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year.Â In his sophomore year at South Mountain Community College, Taylor threw 81.0 innings giving up 60 hits, striking out 88, and walking 31.Â It seems as though he could swing the bat also as he hit .343 with 8 doubles, 5 triples, and 2 home runs in time as a first base man and designated hitter.
At Pine Tar Press we wish Taylor a full and speedy recovery from the Leukemia he battles.
Look for picks 21-30 tomorrow.
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