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06/04/2002 1:25 pm ET 
Royals Select RHP Zack Greinke in 1st Round
High School Pitcher Honored as Gatorade National Player of the Year

For Immediate Release:

KANSAS CITY, MO (June 4, 2002) -- The Kansas City Royals selected right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke with the sixth pick in the first round of the 2002 June Free Agent Draft held this afternoon.

"Zack is a very polished pitcher that has tremendous pitchability right now," Royals Senior Director of Scouting, Deric Ladnier said. "He has command of four different pitches: a fastball up to 96 miles per hour with a working range of 92-93, a plus slider, an above average curveball and an above average changeup. He is similiar to Colt Griffin, our number one pick last year, in that he is extremely competitive and very aggresive. Zack has very good command of the strike zone and we feel he is truly a pitcher that will be on the fast track to the Major Leagues."

Greinke, who was born on Oct. 21, 1983, was named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year and is rated as one of the top high school pitchers closest to the Major Leagues and the top player in the state of Florida by Baseball America. The 6-2, 200-pounder led Apopka (Fla.) High to a 30-3 record this year as he went 9-2 with a 0.55 ERA in 12 games. He struck out 118 batters (16.9 strikeouts per nine innings) while walking only 8 in 63.0 innings pitched. He allowed just 22 hits and held opposing hitters to a .107 batting average. As a junior he pitched 52.0 innings and recorded a 0.94 ERA. He finished his sophomore season with a 6-2 record in 67.0 innings pitched.

As a shortstop and first baseman, Greinke hit 31 career home runs and had 144 RBI, while hitting .444 or better in each of his four high school seasons. During his senior campaign he hit .480 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI with 11 doubles and 39 runs scored.

Greinke is the eighth first-round pitcher picked by the Royals in the last six years. He is the third high school pitcher drafted by the Royals since 1977, joining LHP Mike Stodolka, who was Kansas City's first-round pick in 2000 and RHP Colt Griffin, who was the Royals first selection in 2001.

For more information please contact David Witty at 816-504-4713.

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