Kansas City, MO (June 7, 2014) - The Kansas City Royals completed the third and final day of the 2014 Rule 4 First-Year Player Draft today, selecting a total of 42 players over three days.
The Royals selected 21-year old Brandon Finnegan, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound left-handed pitcher from TCU, with the 17th overall pick on Thursday. He earned his ninth victory of the season this afternoon in the Horned Frogs' 3-2 Super Regional win over Pepperdine. After today's game, Finnegan has a 2.12 ERA (23 ER in 97.2 IP) and 129 strikeouts for the Horned Frogs this season. The 2013 member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team earned All-Big 12 First Team Honors this year.
Kansas City selected another left-handed pitcher, 18-year-old Foster Griffin with the 28th overall pick in the first round. Griffin, a native of Orlando, Fla., pitched at The First Academy in Florida, going 5-1 with a 1.15 ERA, and posting 65 strikeouts in 36.2 innings, leading The First Academy to a 20-2 record during his senior season.
The Royals also announced that prior to completing the draft, the club agreed to terms with shortstop Dawon Burt (123rd overall), right-handed pitcher Corey Ray (153rd overall) and outfielder Logan Moon (183rd overall) to contracts. The Royals selected third baseman Vance Vizcaino, son of KC National Cross Checker, Junior Vizcaino with their 29th round selection (873rd overall). With their final pick of the draft (1203rd overall), Kansas City selected second baseman Diego Francisco, who is the son of Royals' Assistant General Manager-International Operations, Rene Francisco.
Here is a breakdown of the Royals 42 selections from the 2014 draft:
- 12 high school selections
- 30 college selections (27 four-year and three junior college)
- 19 pitchers (12 left-handers, seven right-handers)
- Five catchers
- nine infielders
- nine outfielders