The Kansas City Royals have used recent drafts to rebuild their farm system, and most of the players on the current roster are from prior drafts. These include Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Alex Gordon to name a few.
They are in a highly competitive Central division with the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, so making smart picks in the draft will be paramount for them to contend for a division title.
The Royals have the 8th pick in this year’s draft and they elected to go with Hunter Dozier, who plays shortstop for Stephen F. Austin. In the draft there are some amateur shortstops that can stay up the middle. Then there are those who will need to eventually move over to third base, Dozier fits in the latter category.
He is big and strong, and was putting up gaudy numbers during his junior season to move up the draft boards as the spring progressed. Dozier was hitting .404 while being ranked fourth in NCAA Division I in doubles with 22, homers with 14, and slugging .770 before...