Royals conclude 2014 MLB Draft

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City, MO (June 7, 2014) – The Kansas City Royals completed the third and final day of the 2014 Rule 4  First-Year Player Draft today, selecting a total of 42 players over three days.

The Royals selected 21-year old Brandon Finnegan, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound left-handed pitcher from TCU, with the 17th overall pick on Thursday. He earned his ninth victory of the season this afternoon in the Horned Frogs’ 3-2 Super Regional win over Pepperdine.  After today’s game, Finnegan has a 2.12 ERA (23 ER in 97.2 IP) and 129 strikeouts for the Horned Frogs this season.  The 2013 member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team earned All-Big 12 First Team Honors this year.

Kansas City selected another left-handed pitcher, 18-year-old Foster Griffin with the 28th overall pick in the first round.  Griffin, a native of Orlando, Fla., pitched at The First Academy in Florida, going 5-1 with a 1.15 ERA, and posting 65 strikeouts in 36.2 innings, leading The First Academy to a 20-2 record during his senior season.

The Royals also announced that prior to completing the draft, the club agreed to terms with shortstop Dawon Burt (123rd overall), right-handed pitcher Corey Ray (153rd overall) and outfielder Logan Moon (183rd overall) to contracts.  The Royals selected third baseman Vance Vizcaino, son of KC National Cross Checker, Junior Vizcaino with their 29th round selection (873rd overall).  With their final pick of the draft (1203rd overall), Kansas City selected second baseman Diego Francisco, who is the son of Royals’ Assistant General Manager-International Operations, Rene Francisco.

Here is a breakdown of the Royals 42 selections from the 2014 draft:

-          12 high school selections

-          30 college selections (27 four-year and three junior college)

-          19 pitchers (12 left-handers, seven right-handers)

-          Five catchers

-          nine infielders

-          nine outfielders

Attached is a complete list of players selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 2013 Rule 4 First-Year Player Draft:

Rnd Sel # Name DOB Pos B T Ht Wt School City, State
1 17 Brandon Finnegan 4/14/93 LHP L L 5’11” 185 TCU Fort Worth, TX
1 28 Foster Griffin 7/27/95 LHP R L 6’3” 200 The First Academy (FL) Orlando, FL
CBA 40 Chase Vallot 8/21/96 C R R 6’0” 215 St. Thomas More HS (LA) Lafayette, LA
2 56 Scott Blewett 4/10/96 RHP R R 6’6” 210 C.W. Baker HS (NY) Baldwinsville, NY
3 92 Eric Skoglund 10/26/92 LHP L L 6’7” 200 UCF Sarasota, FL
4 123 Dawon Burt 10/13/95 SS R R 5’9” 160 Fuquay-Varina HS (NC) Fuquay-Varina, NC
5 153 Corey Ray 12/15/95 RHP R R 6’4” 195 Texas A&M Spring, TX
6 183 Logan Moon 2/15/92 OF R R 6’2” 195 Missouri Southern Blue Springs, MO
7 213 Brandon Downes 9/29/92 CF R R 6’3” 195 Virginia South Plainfield, NJ
8 243 Ryan O’Hearn 7/26/93 1B L L 6’3” 200 Sam Houston State (TX) Frisco, TX
9 273 Brandon Thomasson 3/15/92 OF R R 6’4” 218 Tennessee Tech Royal Palm Beach, FL
10 303 Nick Green 9/21/90 LHP R L 6’2” 190 Utah Holladay, UT
11 333 Robert Pehl 9/23/92 OF R R 6’1” 205 Washington Chehalis, WA
12 363 Emilio Ogando 8/13/93 LHP L L 6’2” 180 St. Thomas University (FL) Valrico, FL
13 393 Eric Stout 3/27/93 LHP L L 6’3” 185 Butler University (IN) Wheaton, IL
14 423 Ian Tompkins 9/23/93 LHP L L 6’0” 195 Western Kentucky Louisville, KY
15 453 Corey Toups 2/12/93 SS R R 5’10” 170 Sam Houston State The Woodlands, TX
16 483 Manny Olloque 5/11/96 3B R R 6’2” 165 Torrance HS (CA) Torrance, CA
17 513 Brennan Henry 10/23/91 LHP L L 6’4” 205 Bellevue University (NE) Denver, CO
18 543 Alberto Rodriguez 12/24/91 RHP R R 6’1” 225 Northwest Florida State Tampa, FL
19 573 Scott Heineman 12/4/92 OF R R 6’1” 205 Oregon Pacific Palisades, CA
20 603 Kyle Pollock 8/15/92 C R R 6’0” 200 Evansville University (IN) Clinton, OH
21 633 Evan Beal 8/2/93 RHP R R 6’4” 205 South Carolina Fairfax Station, VA
22 663 Mike Hill 1/29/92 SS L R 6’2” 195 Long Beach State (CA) Orange, CA
23 693 Eric Sandness 10/14/94 RHP R R 6’6” 210 San Joaquin Delta College (CA) Antelope, CA
24 723 Brandon Thomas 9/16/93 LHP L L 5’11” 200 San Diego State (CA) Palmdale, CA
25 753 Rudy Martin 1/31/96 OF L L 5’7” 150 Lewisburg HS (PA) Lewisburg, PA
26 783 Michael Arroyo 12/31/95 C R R 6’0” 181 Puerto Rico Baseball Acad. Ponce, PR
27 813 Alex Close 3/3/93 C R R 6’3” 225 Liberty University (VA) Hoover, AL
28 843 Joshua Banuelos 9/3/91 1B R R 6’2” 215 Fresno Pacific University (CA) Hanford, CA
29 873 Vance Vizcaino 8/1/94 3B L R 6’1” 200 Glendale CC (AZ) Wake Forest, NC
30 903 Ryan Lillard 9/4/95 3B L R 6’1” 185 Urbandale HS (IA) Urbandale, IA
31 933 Rocky McCord 11/16/92 RHP R R 6’2” 170 Auburn Spanish Fort, AL
32 963 Timothy Hill 2/10/90 LHP L L 6’2” 200 Bacone College (OK) Sylmar, CA
33 993 DonAndre Clark 7/31/92 OF S R 5’10” 180 St. Mary’s College (CA) Hayward, CA
34 1023 Todd Eaton 5/9/92 RHP R R 6’1” 190 Southern Illinois Greenville, IL
35 1053 Andrew Sykes 7/20/95 LHP L L 6’1” 188 Valparaiso HS (IN) Valparaiso, IN
36 1083 Brandon Gonzalez 5/28/96 OF L R 6’0” 180 Villa Park HS (CA) Villa Park, CA
37 1113 David Noworyta 5/24/96 C R R 6’4” 180 Holy Cross HS (NJ) Delran, NJ
38 1143 Cole Way 10/23/91 LHP L L 6’11” 235 University of Tulsa (OK) Tulsa, OK
39 1173 Jeff Hendrix 7/16/93 OF L R 6’0” 195 Oregon State Corvallis, OR
40 1203 Diego Francisco 3/12/96 2B R R 5’10” 165 Palm Beach Central HS (FL) Wellington, FL
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