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2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results

Jun 4, 2019 8:29 AM

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft were held on Monday night.

Rounds 3 to 10 will be held on Tuesday, with Rounds 11 to 40 on Wednesday.


Round 1

1. Baltimore Orioles - Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

2. Kansas City Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS

3. Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal

4. Miami Marlins: J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt

5. Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS (Oviedo, Florida)

6. San Diego Padres: C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (Roswell, Georgia)

7. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU

8. Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

9. Atlanta Braves: Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor

10. San Francisco Giants: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

11. Toronto Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

12. New York Mets: Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis HS (Austin, Texas)

13. Minnesota Twins: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, California)

14. Philadelphia Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

15. Los Angeles Angels: Will Wilson, SS, NC State

16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside HS (Seattle)

17. Washington Nationals: Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto College

18. Pittsburgh Pirates: Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove (Illinois) HS

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky

20. Seattle Mariners: George Kirby, RHP, Elon

21. Atlanta Braves: Braden Shewmake, SS/3B, Texas A&M

22. Tampa Bay Rays: Greg Jones, SS, UNC Wilmington

23. Colorado Rockies: Michael Toglia, 1B/OF, UCLA

24. Cleveland Indians: Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy

25. Los Angeles Dodgers: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane

26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Blake Walston, LHP, New Hanover (North Carolina) HS

27. Chicago Cubs: Ryan Jensen, RHP, Fresno State

28. Milwaukee Brewers: Ethan Small, LHP, Mississippi State

29. Oakland Athletics: Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson

30. New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS, Delbarton HS (Morristown, New Jersey)

31. Los Angeles Dodgers: Michael Busch, 1B, North Carolina

32. Houston Astros: Korey Lee, C, Cal


Compensation Picks

33. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy

34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State


Competitive Balance Round A

35. Miami Marlins: Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

36. Tampa Bay Rays: J.J. Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Sammy Siani, OF, Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

38. New York Yankees: T.J. Sikkema, LHP, Missouri

39. Minnesota Twins: Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss

40. Tampa Bay Rays: Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell

41. Texas Rangers: Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor


Round 2

42. Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy (Selma, Alabama)

43. Boston Red Sox: Cameron Cannon, SS, Arizona

44. Kansas City Royals: Brady McConnell, SS, Florida

45. Chicago White Sox: Matthew Thompson, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

46. Miami Marlins: Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, Georgia)

47. Detroit Tigers: Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona

48. San Diego Padres: Joshua Mears, OF, Federal Way (Washington) HS

49. Cincinnati Reds: Rece Hinds, SS, IMG Academy

50. Texas Rangers: Ryan Garcia, RHP, UCLA

51. San Francisco Giants: Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville

52. Toronto Blue Jays: Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy

53. New York Mets: Josh Wolf, RHP, St. Thomas HS (Bellaire, Texas)

54. Minnesota Twins: Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice

55. Los Angeles Angels: Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS (Oakley, California)

56. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ryne Nelson, RHP, Oregon

57. Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt Gorski, OF, Indiana

58. St. Louis Cardinals: Trejyn Fletcher, OF, Deering HS (Portland, Maine)

59. Seattle Mariners: Brandon Williamson, LHP, TCU

60. Atlanta Braves: Beau Philip, SS, Oregon State

61. Tampa Bay Rays: John Doxakis, LHP, Texas A&M

62. Colorado Rockies: Aaron Schunk, 3B, Georgia

63. Cleveland Indians: Yordys Valdes, SS, McArthur HS (Hollywood, Florida)

64. Chicago Cubs: Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

65. Milwaukee Brewers: Antoine Kelly, LHP, Wabash Valley College

66. Oakland Athletics: Tyler Baum, RHP, North Carolina

67. New York Yankees: Josh Smith, 2B, LSU

68. Houston Astros: Grae Kessinger, SS, Ole Miss

69. Boston Red Sox: Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy


Competitive Balance Round B

70. Kansas City Royals: Alec Marsh, RHP, Arizona State

71. Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Stowers, OF, Stanford

72. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Triolo, 3B, Houston

73. San Diego Padres: Logan Driscoll, C, George Mason

74. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan

75. Arizona Diamondbacks: Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas

76. Seattle Mariners: Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas

77. Colorado Rockies: Karl Kauffmann, RHP, Michigan


Compensation Picks

78. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jimmy Lewis, RHP, Lake Travis (Texas) HS




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Whit Merrifield Extends Hit Streak To 30 Games

Apr 10, 2019 7:54 AM

Whit Merrifield made Kansas City Royals history on Tuesday night when he tied George Brett's club record 30-game hit streak.

Merrifield's streak dates back to Sept. 10, 2018. He's hit safely in all 10 games of the current season.

Brett's streak took place solely in 1980.

Merrifield is hitting .349/.378/.558 in 2019.

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Royals, Martin Maldonado Agree Upon One-Year, $2.5M Deal

Mar 10, 2019 9:14 AM

The Kansas City Royals and Martin Maldonado have agreed upon on a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Maldonado will serve as a replacement for Salvador Perez, who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week and will miss the entire 2019 season.

Maldonado could make another $1.4 million in incentives, according to sources.


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Royals Sign Homer Bailey To Minor League Deal

Feb 9, 2019 2:40 PM

The Kansas City Royals signed veteran right-hander Homer Bailey to a minor deal Saturday that includes an invitation to big league spring training.



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Brad Boxberger Agrees To One-Year Deal With Royals

Feb 7, 2019 8:05 AM

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year deal with Brad Boxberger, a source has confirmed.

The contract is worth $2.2 million with $1 million in performance bonuses.

Dayton Moore said last week that the Royals hoped to add to bullpen ahead of spring training.

Boxberger saved 32 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.


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Royals, Whit Merrifield Agree Upon Four-Year, $16.25M Extension

Jan 28, 2019 7:45 AM

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a four-year, $16.25 million contract extension with Whit Merrifield, according to a source.

Merrifield led the American League in both hits and stolen bases last season.

The extension buys out Merrifield's last pre-arbitration year as well as three years of arbitration and includes a fifth-year team option for $10.5 million.


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Royals 'Looking Hard' At Billy Hamilton

Dec 7, 2018 8:28 AM

The Kansas City Royals are interested in Billy Hamilton and are "looking hard" at the outfielder.

Royals executives believe Hamilton's skill set would play well at Kauffman Stadium.

Hamilton, 28, was arbitration eligible for the final time this winter. The Cincinnati Reds released him last week.

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Royals Hire Mike Matheny As Special Advisor

Nov 24, 2018 2:18 AM

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny joined the Kansas City Royals as special adviser for player development on Friday.

"This is a great opportunity to have Mike become a member of our organization," Dayton Moore, the Royals' senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager, said in a statement. "It has always been our policy to hire the best baseball people we can and this is the perfect example of that. Mike has contributed so much to our game as both a player and a manager and has a wealth of knowledge that can only make us better. I'm excited about the possibilities of what he'll bring to our organization."


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First-Round Order For 2019 MLB Draft

Oct 2, 2018 8:14 AM

With the playoff bracket set, the full first-round draft order for 2019 has been confirmed as well.

The Baltimore Orioles will select first overall for the first time since they chose right-hander Ben McDonald in 1989.

1.) Orioles (47-115)
2.) Royals (58-104)
3.) White Sox (62-100)
4.) Marlins (63-98)
5.) Tigers (64-98)
6.) Padres (66-96)
7.) Reds (67-95)
8.) Rangers (67-95)
9.) Braves (compensatory pick for not signing first-rounder Carter Stewart in 2018)
10.) Giants (73-89)
11.) Blue Jays (73-89)
12.) Mets (77-85)
13.) Twins (78-84)
14.) Phillies (80-82)
15.) Angels (80-82)
16.) Diamondbacks (82-80)
17.) Nationals (82-80)
18.) Pirates (82-79)
19.) Cardinals (88-74)
20.) Mariners (89-73)
21.) Braves (90-72)
22.) Rays (90-72)
23.) Rockies (91-72)
24.) Indians (91-71)
25.) Dodgers (92-71)
26.) Diamondbacks (compensatory pick for not signing first-rounder Matt McLain in 2018)
27.) Cubs (95-68)
28.) Brewers (96-67)
29.) Athletics (97-65)
30.) Yankees (100-62)
31.) Dodgers (compensatory pick for not signing first-rounder J.T. Ginn in 2018)
32.) Astros (103-59)
33.) Red Sox (108-54)

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Jorge Lopez Falls Three Outs Short Of Perfect Game
Jorge Lopez nearly made Major League history in Saturday's game between the Royals and Twins.

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Braves Acquire Lucas Duda From Royals
The Royals have traded Lucas Duda to the Braves in exchange for cash.

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Royals Acquire International Bonus Pool Space From Rangers
The Royals traded right-hander Kelvin Gonzalez to the Rangers for international bonus pool allotments.

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore In Trade With Royals
Terrance Gore wasn't on the 40-man roster and didn't have to clear waivers to be moved.

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Royals Trade Mike Moustakas To Brewers
Mike Moustakas, who will become a free agent this winter, is hitting .249 with 20 homers.


Royals Have Lofty Asking Price For Whit Merrifield
The Brewers are exploring ways to improve their offense after missing out on Manny Machado.

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Royals Send Prospect To Nats For Brian Goodwin
The Nationals received minor league pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan in the trade with the Royals.


Eduardo Escobar, Mike Moustakas Remain Options For Phillies
The Phillies are targeting possible trades for Eduardo Escobar and Mike Moustakas now that they've missed out on Manny Machado.

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Braves, Red Sox Interested In Mike Moustakas
The market for Moustakas is robust, but the Royals may have to wait until Manny Machado is traded to properly examine what they can get in return.

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Royals Sign 16-Year-Old Japanese Pitcher
Kaito Yuki signed a standard seven-year deal with the Royals on Sunday.


Alcides Escobar's Games Played Streak Ends At 421
Alcides Escobar missed his first game since September 25, 2015 on Sunday.


Yankees Interested In Mike Moustakas As First Baseman
The Yankees are among multiple teams interested in acquiring Mike Moustakas and moving him to first base, according to sources.

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Royals Now Shopping Mike Moustakas
Having traded Jon Jay and Kelvin Herrera, the Royals are now shopping Mike Moustakas.

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Tigers-Royals To Play 2019 Game In Omaha
The Tigers and Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, according to a source.


Nationals Acquire Kelvin Herrera From Royals
The Nationals have acquired Kelvin Herrera in a trade with the Royals for three prospects.


Astros Win Again To Finish 10-0 Road Trip
The Astros won their 11th straight game on Sunday, a 7-4 victory over the Royals.


Royals Trade Jon Jay To Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have acquired Jon Jay from the Royals in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

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Royals Want Ned Yost To Manage Beyond This Season
Ned Yost is in the final year of his contract and the Royals are struggling, but Dayton Moore definitely wants him back.

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Ned Yost Unaware Jakob Junis Was Pitching No-Hitter
Ned Yost felt Jakob Junis was laboring to begin the fifth inning on Monday night, so he told bench coach Dale Sveum that he'd pull the right-hander if his struggles continued.

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Royals Have Largest Draft Bonus Pool
The Tigers have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft, but the Royals have the biggest allotment at $12,781,900.

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