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Kansas City Royals First Round Draft Picks

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The Kansas City Royals first round draft picks include 70 players, with 40 being pitchers and 36 of those being drafted out of high school. The Royals have selected 12 outfielders, nine shortstops, three catchers, two third basemen and two first basemen in the first round of the MLB draft. Of the pitchers taken, the Royals have selected 24 right-handers and 16 left-handers.

The Royals have drafted 33 college players with their first round selection, with the last being Kris Bubic in 2018. Kansas City has selected first overall once, with the team picking Luke Hochevar in 2006.

Year Player Pos School Pick Signing Bonus
1969 John Simmons SS Childersburg HS (AL) 23 Did Not Sign
1970 Rex Goodson C Pine Tree HS (TX) 8
1971 Roy Branch RHP Beaumont HS (MO) 5
1972 Jamie Quirk SS St. Paul HS (CA) 18 $78,000
1973 Lew Olsen RHP San Ramon Valley HS (CA) 9
1974 Willie Wilson OF Summit HS (NJ) 15
1975 Clint Hurdle OF Merritt Island HS (FL) 9
1976 Ben Grzybek RHP Hialeah HS (FL) 18
1977 Mike Jones LHP Sunderland HS (NY) 21
1978 Buddy Biancalana SS Redwood HS (CA) 25
1979 Atlee Hammaker LHP East Tennessee State University 21
1980 Frank Wills RHP Tulane University 16
1981 Dave Leeper OF USC 23
1982 John Morris OF Seton Hall University 10
1983 Gary Thurman OF North Central HS (IN) 21
1984 Scott Bankhead RHP University of North Carolina 16
1985 Brian McRae SS Manatee HS (FL) 17 $125,000
1986 Tony Clements SS Don Antonio Lugo HS (CA) 24
1987 Kevin Appier RHP Antelope Valley College 9
1988 Hugh Walker OF Jacksonville HS (AR) 18
1989 Brent Mayne C California State University, Fullerton 13 $138,000
1991 Joe Vitiello OF University of Alabama 7 $345,000
1991 Jason Pruitt RHP Rockingham County HS (NC) 30
1992 Michael Tucker SS Longwood College 10 $450,000
1992 Jim Pittsley RHP DuBois Area HS (PA) 17 $410,000
1992 Sherard Clinkscales RHP Purdue University 31
1992 Johnny Damon OF Dr. Phillips HS (FL) 35
1993 Jeff Granger LHP Texas A&M University 5 $695,000
1994 Matt Smith LHP Grants Pass HS (OR) 16 $1,000,000
1995 Juan Lebron OF Carmen Bozello Huyke HS (PR) 19 $650,000
1996 Dee Brown OF Marlboro Central HS (NY) 14 $1,000,000
1997 Dan Reichert RHP University of the Pacific 7 $1,450,000
1998 Jeff Austin RHP Stanford University 4 $2,700,000
1998 Matt Burch RHP Virginia Commonwealth University 30 $975,000
1998 Chris George LHP Klein HS (TX) 31 $1,162,500
1999 Kyle Snyder RHP University of North Carolina 7 $2,100,000
1999 Mike MacDougal RHP Wake Forest University 25 $1,150,000
1999 Jay Gehrke RHP Pepperdine University 32 $1,025,000
1999 Jimmy Gobble LHP John S. Battle HS (VA) 43 $725,000
2000 Mike Stodolka LHP Centennial HS (CA) 4 $2,500,000
2001 Colt Griffin RHP Marshall HS (TX) 9 $2,400,000
2002 Zack Greinke RHP Apopka HS (FL) 6 $2,475,000
2003 Chris Lubanski OF Kennedy–Kenrick Catholic HS (PA) 5 $2,100,000
2003 Mitch Maier C University of Toledo 30 $900,000
2004 Billy Butler 3B Wolfson HS (FL) 14 $1,450,000
2004 Matt Campbell LHP University of South Carolina 29 $1,100,000
2004 J.P. Howell LHP University of Texas 31 $1,000,000
2005 Alex Gordon 3B University of Nebraska 2 $4,000,000
2006 Luke Hochevar RHP University of Tennessee 1 $3,500,000
2007 Mike Moustakas SS Chatsworth HS (CA) 2 $4,000,000
2008 Eric Hosmer 1B American Heritage HS (FL) 3 $6,000,000
2008 Mike Montgomery LHP Hart HS (CA) 36 $988,000
2009 Aaron Crow RHP Fort Worth Cats 12 $1,500,000
2010 Christian Colon SS California State University, Fullerton 4 $2,750,000
2011 Bubba Starling OF Gardner Edgerton HS (KS) 5 $7,500,000
2012 Kyle Zimmer RHP University of San Francisco 5 $3,000,000
2013 Hunter Dozier SS Stephen F. Austin State University 8 $2,200,000
2013 Sean Manaea LHP Indiana State University 34 $3,550,000
2014 Brandon Finnegan LHP TCU 17 $2,200,600
2014 Foster Griffin LHP The First Academy (FL) 28 $1,925,000
2014 Chase Vallot LHP St. Thomas More HS (LA) 40 $1,350,000
2015 Ashe Russell RHP Cathedral HS (IN) 21 $2,190,200
2015 Nolan Watson RHP Lawrence North HS (IN) 33 $1,825,200
2017 Nick Pratto 1B Huntington Beach HS (CA) 14 $3,450,000
2018 Brady Singer RHP University of Florida 18 $4,250,000
2018 Jackson Kowar RHP University of Florida 33 $2,147,500
2018 Daniel Lynch LHP University of Virginia 34 $1,697,500
2018 Kris Bubic LHP Stanford University 40 $1,597,500

Hall of Fame

None

World Series Winners with Royals

Willie Wilson (1985), Buddy Biancalana (1985), Alex Gordon (2015), Luke Hochevar (2015), Mike Moustakas (2015), Eric Hosmer (2015), Christian Colon (2015)

AL MVP Award Winners with Royals

None

AL Cy Young Award Winners with Royals

Zack Greinke (2009)

Rookie of the Year Award with Royals

None

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