I was rather proud of my patience in not selecting a Royals player until the 16th round with Ryan Shealy (who I'm thinking is going to be a steal that late), but then I took 3 Royals in rounds 16-20. Each of them could be a solid contributor, the only real risk I feel I'm taking is with Zach Greinke, but I'm predicting stud status for him. Of course, I'm predicting that for all of the Royals players, I should probably take off my blue-tinted glasses.
I had two disappointments during the draft. The first was not getting Alex Gordon, but he ended up going in the 13th round, I was going to grab him in the 15th if he was still there. The other frustrating moment was in the 20th round, I was primed to take Anibal Sanchez, the kid who threw the only no-hitter last year, and I was pumped that he had slipped through the cracks for so long. But of course, the guy with the pick immediately before mine took him, much to my chagrin. I panicked, and ended up getting Greinke the round before I was planning. No worries, though. I like my team very much, I just need to look for some more pitchers, I'm kind of thin there.
My Official Steal of the Draft: Kevin "Greek God of Walks" Youkilis in the 19th round.
My Official Stretch of the Draft: Joel Zumaya in the 11th round... he's good, but he's a set-up man, which usually means no W's or Saves.
Here's the complete draft for my team, The Red Scare Royals
Round (overall) Name Position
|12.||(167)||Paul Lo Duca||C|