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