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Royals complete 2007 Draft
06/08/2007 11:21 PM ET
KANSAS CITY -- –The Royals completed the second day of the 2007 First-Year Rule 4 Player Draft today, selecting 45 players, after drafting five on Thursday.

With the second overall pick, the Kansas City Royals selected Michael Moustakas (pronounced ‘moo-STOCK-iss’) yesterday, a shortstop from Chatsworth (CA) High School. The 18-year old Moustakas is a left-handed hitter who batted .577 during his senior season, with a California-state record 24 home runs and 52 RBI, leading the Chancellors to the Los Angeles City Section Championship. His 52 career high school homers were also a state record.

A two-time Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year, the 6-0, 195 lb. Moustakas batted .427 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI during his junior season, nearly mirroring his sophomore numbers of .482, with 12 homers and 51 RBI.

This is the 24th time the Royals have drafted a high school player with their first round selection, first since Billy Butler was taken in the first round of the 2004 draft from Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, FL. The first 10 first round picks in franchise history from 1969- 78 were all high school selections. That streak was snapped in 1979 when Atlee Hammaker was drafted out of East Tennessee State University.

The Royals selected 17 players out of high school and 33 from the college ranks, including 10 from the junior colleges. Among the 50 players, here’s the position-by-position breakdown: 25 pitchers (21 right-handers, 4 left-handers), six catchers, 12 infielders and seven outfielders.

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