Monday, June 7, 2010

Is there a Henry Wiggen on the board for the Royals in the draft?

We're hours away from the 2010 MLB First Year Players Draft, and the Royals have the No. 4 overall pick.

Which is just the Royals' luck.

All the draft experts say there are three great prospects in this year's draft class, led by Bryce Harper, likely to go first overall to the Nationals. After those three, as Peter Gammons says, No. 4 through No. 44 are pretty much at the same talent level.

That just sucks.

Still, the Royals should be able to get an impact player. There was talk over the weekend that the Royals had reached a tentative agreement with catcher Yasmani Grandal, but it sounds like it's mostly fell through. I think they'll take lefty college pitcher Chris Sale.

It's always good to stockpile young pitching.

But the Royals are known for reaching down deep past great prospects for lesser-known commodities (Luke Hochevar No. 1 overall, anyone?).

I guess we'll see.

But this day, Draft Day, is where you build a winning team. Let's hope the Royals can lay a cornerstone this afternoon.

UPDATE: So it wasn't a pitcher they chose. Instead it was Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon. I like the pick. He seems like a solid ballplayer and a good citizen. I'm sure we'll learn a lot more about him in the coming days, weeks, months and years.

--Matt Kelsey

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