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Royals get good blend of players
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06/05/2002 7:27 pm ET 
Royals get good blend of players
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com

Royals GM Allard Baird was pleased with the different types of players available in this year's draft. (Jerry S. Mendoza/AP)

  • Royals round-by-round picks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first five picks exemplified the balance in the Royals' 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

    The Royals got a prize prospect in right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke, followed by catcher Adam Donachie, first baseman David Jensen, left-handed pitcher Daniel Christensen and middle infielder Donald Murphy. A righty, a lefty, a receiver and three promising bats. Three high school players, two college players.

    To the Royals, balance was beautiful.

    "You could see the type of draft we were having," Kansas City scouting director Deric Ladnier said. "It was a good blend of just about every player you could possibly want, high school and college."

    Ladnier said the Royals used Day 2 to fill out the needs of their farm clubs for the Gulf Coast League and the Northwest League in Spokane. Kansas City also selected some "draft and follow" guys who may be headed to junior college. The Royals will retain their rights.

    "I was very pleased with the blend of different types of players," Royals general manager Allard Baird said. "High school guys, college guys. Athletes with upside, guys who are less projection and more present skill. This was a draft that was probably down a little going in. I think Deric and his staff maximized the ability that was presented to us very well."

    The next step will be signing players and getting them into the system. Ladnier said he spoke with Greinke's representative Wednesday morning.

    "We discussed some issues, kind of set the stage for the way we're going to conduct business," Ladnier said. "I've spoken with Zack and he's excited about it. I've spoken with Adam Donachie. He's excited."

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    JUNE 4-5 | NEW YORK CITY
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    Greinke, the pitcher from Apopka (Fla.) High School was the No. 6 overall pick Colt Griffin, the Royals' first-round pick in 2001 who went No. 9 overall, signed a $2.4 million deal.

    "It's a process," Baird said of the Greinke negotiations. "We'd like, obviously, to get it done quick. They'd like to get it done quick. But these things sometimes take time. To put a time frame on it, you can't do that. We have a young kid who we think a lot of. We think he's a very polished right-handed starting pitcher. The sooner he gets out, the better it's going to be for him and the organization. I think both sides know that. As long as both sides have a theme to work off of - and I believe we do in this situation - then things work themselves out."

    Robert Falkoff covers the Royals at MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

    ROYALS 2002 DRAFT PICKS
    6 DONALD Z GREINKE SS APOPKA HS
    47 ADAM M DONACHIE C TIMBERCREEK HS
    78 DAVID C JENSEN 1B BRIGHAM YOUNG U
    108 DANIEL J CHRISTENSEN LHP XAVERIAN HS
    138 DONALD R MURPHY SS ORANGE COAST COL
    168 BRANDON L JONES SS LF WEWAHITCHKA HS
    198 JONAH J BAYLISS RHP TRINITY COL
    228 KENARD K SPRINGER 3B NETTLETON HS
    258 MATHEW D TUPMAN C U MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
    288 ALONZO G ATENCIO RHP LAMAR CC
    318 KAINOA E OBREY 3B BRIGHAM YOUNG U
    348 ADAM P KEIM SS COASTAL CAROLINA U
    378 WILLIAM R MEYER C TEXAS A&M U
    408 STEPHEN G CHAMBERLAIN RHP U PORTLAND
    438 MICAH K KAAIHUE 1B IOLANI HS
    468 ERIC C ACKERMAN LHP U PITTSBURGH
    498 JASON C BARTZ RHP U SOUTH FLORIDA
    528 DONALD R POLES OF PITT CC
    558 ALEX I CROOKS 1B SIERRA VISTA HS
    588 NATHAN J ZETTLER RHP UNION COL
    618 STEVE F MENA 3B SS SOUTH MIAMI HS
    648 NICHOLAS J BATES RHP MICHIGAN ST U
    678 TIM FREND LF DAVIDSON COL
    708 MICHAEL S AGUILAR RHP FRANKLIN HS
    738 CARLOS J CABALLERO CF INES MARIA MENDOZA
    768 JOSEPH N BROWN CF VICKSBURG HS
    798 MICHAEL HERNANDEZ OF XAVERIAN HS
    828 ROBERT F GRANA C CC SOUTHERN NEVADA
    858 MICHAEL E HONCE RHP BRIDGEPORT HS
    888 CLINTON F JOHNSON RHP MURRAH HS
    918 MATTHEW L CASTILLO RF MESA CC
    948 LEON B STEPHENS CF VIRGINIA ST U
    978 CESAR CARRILLO RHP MOUNT CARMEL HS
    1008 ERIC M LONNQUIST SS MINNESOTA ST U-MANKATO
    1038 ROBERT T KIMMONS RHP MANDEVILLE HS
    1068 CHRISTOPHER C TURNER C EL DORADO HS
    1098 JASON L WARD RHP UTAH VALLEY STATE JC
    1128 JUSTIN R TAYLOR RHP BAYLOR U
    1158 ERIC L HULLINGER RHP KISHWAUKEE JC
    1188 VINCE BERRY LF TRITON COL
    1218 DREW D ENDICOTT RHP UNIVERSITY MISSOURI
    1248 ODELL R COSBY LF 3B PARIS HS
    1278 DAVID A NELSON LHP NORTH CAROLINA A&T U
    1306 BRYAN S MCCAULLEY RHP SAN JACINTO JC
    1334 ANDREW SCHOLL LF 1B LAMAR CC
    1361 DEVAN E EWELL CF LF OSBORNE HS
    1387 TY C WALLACE C NEWMAN SMITH HS
    1413 LENNY R BAYS RHP NORTHERN KENTUCKY U
    1439 LUIS A RIVERA SS CARVIN SCHOOL
    1463 MATTHEW HOBBS LHP U MISSOURI




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