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The Royals may have already locked up their first-round pick

Jun 5, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for royals1.jpgAccording to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals “are thought to be close” to a deal with University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal to be the fourth pick of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft on Monday.

Other outlets, including Frankie Pilere of AOL Fanhouse, are suggesting that the Royals may already have an agreement in place with the 21-year-old. Grandal batted .422/.545/.754 with 14 home runs for the Hurricanes this season. He is highly-regarded for his abilities behind the plate and is projected to arrive to the majors rather quickly.

There’s little doubt by now that the Nationals will take Bryce Harper with the No. 1 pick. The Pirates, who hold the second pick in the draft, are reportedly deciding between shortstop Manny Machado or right-hander Jameson Taillon. The Orioles, who pick third, will likely take whoever the Pirates don’t. Therefore, it’s fairly certain that Grandal will still be there when the Royals make their selection.

By the way, get ready. We’ll have plenty more coverage of the draft on Monday.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 5, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    The Royals made a good move if this is true. The kid has a viperstrike swing and he’s agile as a cat behind the plate. He’ll be a keeper. I go to many more UM games in a given year than Feesh games, and overall this wasn’t the greatest UM team I’ve ever seen, but Yasmani was a standout. It’s too bad about the name though – sounds like a lady’s cologne and a fabled Anglo-Saxon monster. Fortunately, Kansas City, with its wonderful jazz culture, will accommodate such aberrations. If only they had a new taxpayer funded stadium.

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