Royals come away from MLB draft with 39 players

BY foxsports • June 11, 2016

The Kansas City Royals completed the third and final day of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft on Saturday, selecting a total of 39 players.

The Royals picked 21-year-old A.J. Puckett, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-handed pitcher from Pepperdine University, with their first pick, 67th overall in the second round on Thursday. He went 9-3 with a 1.27 ERA as a junior, posting the third-best ERA in West Coast Conference history. His season included a streak of 45 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, the third-longest streak in college baseball history.

Kansas City selected five local products: second baseman Logan Gray (Leawood, Kansas) in the 13th round out of Austin Peay University, center fielder Nick Heath (Junction City, Kansas) in the 16th round out of Northwestern State University, right-handed pitcher Grant Gavin (Parkville, Missouri) in the 29th round out of the University of Central Missouri, outfielder Kameron Misner (Poplar Bluff, Missouri) in the 33rd round out of Poplar Bluff High School and right-handed pitcher Nathan Webb (Lee's Summit, Missouri) in the 34th round out of Lee's Summit North High School.

With their 38th-round pick, the Royals selected shortstop Joey Fregosi of Murrieta Valley High School in California. He's the son of Jim Fregosi Jr., Kansas City's special assistant to the general manager, and grandson of the late Jim Fregosi, the former major league manager.

Among the Royals' 39 selections were eight high school players and 31 collegiate athletes (25 from four-year institutions and six from junior colleges). They selected 31 pitchers (17 right-handers and four left-handers), four catchers, six infielders and eight outfielders.

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