Chapman surprise Draft choice on Day 2
Florida left-hander had Tommy John surgery in 2008
KANSAS CITY -- On Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft, the Royals found a few gems who were over looked after Day 1 of the Draft had concluded.
While the majority of their picks were used on pitching, the Royals were able to snag a few promising position players, as well as some help behind the plate.
Most notably was second-round pick, Brett Eibner, a center fielder out of Arkansas. Eibner has spent his career in the outfield, but made a few appearances out of the bullpen.
Eibner brings a powerful bat and speed to the Royals' outfield.
"He's a very athletic center fielder with power in his bat," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "He's a tremendous athlete."
A surprise from the Royals camp was when they drafted left-handed pitcher Kevin Chapman from Florida. Chapman missed the entire 2008 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, yet all reports indicate he is fully recovered.
Moore was quick to shut down any concern over Chapman's health.
"We wouldn't take him if he wasn't cleared by doctors," Moore said. "Obviously, he has pitched very effectively throughout the year. He's been one of the more effective relievers in all of college baseball."
Moore said he was pleased with the Draft thus far, but his work was far from over.
"I'm proud of the work that all of our scouting people have done," he said. "There's still more work to do tomorrow, but, all in all, we've done a great job and we're going to continue to build our farm system."
A rundown of the Royals' selections on Day 2:
Round 2, Brett Eibner, CF, Arkansas:
The Royals found a high-value pick early in the second round when they drafted Eibner who is a two-way player. Eibner excels in both the outfield and on the mound, as he has played both positions during his three years at Arkansas. Eibner also is dominant at the plate, as he registered 21 home runs in his junior season.
Round 3, Michael Antonio, SS, George Washington HS, N.Y.:
After using their first-round pick on a shortstop, the Royals added another as they drafted Antonio out of high school. Antonio, 18, is a bit of a project, and scouts have reported that he has good hands, but below average speed.
Round 4, Kevin Chapman, LHP, Florida:
After missing almost his entire 2008 season after having Tommy John surgery, Chapman has had a resurgence and is now considered one of the better relievers in his Draft class. Scouts commend his 96-mph fastball, but his breaking ball has been somewhat of a concern.
Round 5, Jason Adam, RHP, Blue Valley Northwest, Kan:
Most mock drafts had Adam going well before the fifth round, but a subpar performance toward the end of his senior season hurt his draft stock. The Royals took the Kansas native in the fifth round and scouts believe he has the size and ability to start in the Major Leagues.
Round 6, Scott Alexander, LHP, Sonoma State:
Through 13 starts in his junior season at Sonoma State, Alexander posted a 3-6 record with a 4.50 ERA. He allowed only 50 hits in 68 innings with 72 strikeouts and 40 walks.
Round 7, Eric Cantrell, RHP, George Washington U:
The Royals continued their stretch of taking pitchers as five of their first seven picks were pitchers. Cantrell's 6-foot-4 frame makes him an excellent starting pitcher prospect.
Round 8, Michael Mariot, RHP, Nebraska:
This right-hander was a staple for Nebraska's rotation, as he went 6-6 with a 4.70 ERA over a team-high 95 2/3 innings. Mariot ranked 10th in the Big 12 in innings.
Round 9, Whitley Merrifield, RF, South Carolina:
The Royals selected their second outfielder of the Draft when they selected the 6-foot-1 junior from South Carolina.
Round 10, Timothy Ferguson, CF, Ole Miss:
Ferguson finished his junior season hitting .294 in 262 at-bats. The right-hander registered 77 hits to go along with nine homers and 36 RBIs.
Round 11, Alex McClure, SS, Middle Tennessee State:
The Royals took their third shortstop of the 2010 Draft when they selected McClure who transferred to Middle Tennessee from Vanderbilt.
Round 12, Daniel Hernandez, RHP, Miami Dade CC South:
Another pitcher for the Royals in Round 12. The 21-year-old right-hander has decent size and had only allowed 10 earned runs in 65 2/3 innings pitched.
Round 13, Jonathan Gray, RHP, Chandler (Okla.) HS:
The Royals took their second high school pitcher in Gray.
Round 14, Michael Giovenco, RHP, North Park University:
The Royals continued their quest to bolster their pitching staff by taking Giovenco, who was drafted by the Twins in the 26th round in 2009.
Round 15, Jason Mitchell, RHP, Texas Arlington:
In a Draft ripe with right-handed pitching, the Royals are taking full advantage. In his career at Texas Arlington, Mitchell made 37 appearances, going 11-11 with a 4.65 ERA in 22 starts pitching 170 1/3 innings.
Round 16, Charles Byrne, RHP, East Tennessee St:
Another right-handed pitcher, Charles Byrne goes by Chas. Byrne is another pitcher/outfielder. In his 2010 season, Byrne hit .351 with 31 RBIs. On the mound, Byrne went 5-6 with a 6.91 ERA.
Round 17, Ryan Jenkins, C, Auburn:
Jenkins is the first catcher taken by the Royals. The right-handed hitter is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds.
Round 18, Scott Fletcher, LF, Auburn:
Fletcher makes it back-to-back selections out of Auburn for the Royals He is also the son of former Major Leaguer Scott Fletcher, who played shortstop and second base for six different ballclubs.
Round 19, Kevin David, C, Oklahoma State:
The third catcher selected by the Royals, David, hit .279 for the Cowboys in his junior season, with six homers and 40 RBIs.
Round 20, Cameron Conner, CF, Indiana University Southeast:
One of only a select few lefties selected by the Royals, Conner gives the team greater depth in center field.
Round 21, Michael Liberto, SS, Univ. of Missouri:
Dayton Moore didn't have to look far for the fourth shortstop taken by the Royals in this year's Draft. Liberto hit .317 for the Tigers during his senior season, with eight doubles and 31 RBIs.
Round 22, Tyler Graham, RHP, Nevada Reno:
The Royals went back to their right-handed pitcher mentality as they grabbed Graham in the 22nd round. Graham went 4-6 overall in 2010 with a 4.17 ERA. He also had a team-high 10 saves with 34 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched.
Round 23, Steven Neff, LHP, South Carolina:
Neff is one of only three left-handed pitchers taken by the Royals to this point. The sophomore went 2-1 in 15 appearances and one start with a 4.30 ERA.
Round 24, Brandon Glazer, SS, Clear Spring High School, Md.:
Glazer is one of only four high school players selected by the Royals to this point. Glazer will add to the depth at shortstop that the Royals already have from the Draft.
Round 25, Merritt Sosnoskie, LF, Virginia Tech:
Sosnoskie will add a left-handed bat to the Royals' organization and looks to provide greater depth in the outfield.
Round 26, Jonathan Dooley, RHP, Henderson State:
The Royals picked up another right-handed pitcher in round 26 when they grabbed Dooley, a senior from Henderson State in Arkansas.
Round 27, Jose Rodriguez, CF, Miami Dade CC South:
The Royals took their second player from Miami Dade in Rodriguez The switch-hitting center fielder will add depth to the Royals' outfield.
Round 28, Murray Watts, 1B, Arkansas State:
Watts was the only first baseman taken by the Royals. Watt's 6-foot-7 build is perfect for first base.
Round 29, Alexander Marquez, C, Alfonso Casta Martinez High School, Puerto Rico:
Marquez was one of only a few high school players taken by the Royals, and the first from Puerto Rico.
Round 30, Chad Blauer, RHP, Point Loma Nazarene University:
The Royals capped off Day 2 with another right-handed pitcher. Blauer was 13-2 in 15 appearances with a 3.57 ERA.
Samuel Zuba is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.