July 28, 2021

A look back at the Royals’ 2015 draft class, five years later (Royals Review)


On June 9, 2015, the Royals took sole possession of first place, a spot they would not relinquish the rest of the season. The club was riding high, proving that the pennant run the previous season was no fluke. The scouting department had reason to be feeling good, as much of the club that would go on to win a World Series that fall was home grown, drafted and developed by the Royals. Eric Hosmer. Mike Moustakas. Alex Gordon. Even Brandon Finnegan, their first-round pick from the previous year, had already made an impact at the big league level.

The very next day, the Royals had the 21st selection in the first round of the draft. Due to their success in 2014, it was their latest first-round selection since 1986. The Royals were said to be “looking for a bat” going into this draft and were reportedly in on high school shortstop Cornelius Randolph out of Georgia, despite some concerns he would be a difficult sign. But Randolph had a late rise up draft boards, and would get selected tenth overall by the Phillies.

The Royals had been connected to right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford back in the 2013 draft when he was a high schooler, so some, like Fangraphs, expected them to…

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