Royals Select Three Players On First Day of MLB First-Year Player Draft


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 3, 2019) – The Kansas City Royals made three selections on the first day of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, including the second overall pick, Bobby Witt Jr., a shortstop from Colleyville Heritage High School (Texas).

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Witt Jr. hit .500 (63-for-126) with 37 extra-base hits and 38 games as a senior, earning Gatorade National High School Baseball Player of the Year honors.

He is the son of right-handed pitcher Bobby Witt, who played 16 seasons with seven different teams in the Majors from 1986-2001, and was the third overall pick by Texas in the 1985 Draft. The Witts are the ninth father-son duo selected in the first round and the first to be selected within the first three picks. They pass Tom Grieve (6th overall in 1968) and Ben Grieve (2nd overall in 1994) as the highest-drafted father-son duo.

In the second round (44th overall), the Royals selected shortstop Brady McConnell from the University of Florida. McConnell, 21, has hit .332 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 59 games with the Gators this season as a draft-eligible sophomore. He was selected by Cincinnati in the 33rd round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign.

In the Competitive Balance Round B, Kansas City selected right-handed pitcher Alec Marsh, 70th overall, from Arizona State University. Marsh, 21, went 9-3 with a 3.17 ERA (34 ER in 96.2 IP) in 16 outings this season, including three double-digit strikeout games. His efforts earned him a spot on the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, and the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame’s Watch List for National Pitcher of the Year.

The Draft continues tomorrow with rounds 3-10 starting at 12:05 p.m. CT.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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