Royals Complete Final Day of 2019 First-Year Player Draft


Courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals completed the third and final day of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft today, selecting a total of 41 players.

With their first pick (2nd overall) on Monday, the Royals selected Bobby Witt Jr., a shortstop from Colleyville Heritage High School (Texas). He is the son of right-handed pitcher Bobby Witt, who played 16 seasons with seven different teams in the Majors from 1986-2001.

Kansas City’s next 15 picks were all college players, including second-round selection Brady McConnell, a shortstop from the University of Florida, where he was teammates with Kansas City’s 2018 first-round picks Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar.

Kansas City selected 35 college players out of 41 selections overall, including Jonah Dipoto in the 35th round from UC San Diego. He is the son of Seattle Mariners’ GM Jerry Dipoto. In the following round, the Royals selected Andy Martín out of Hialeah Senior HS (Fla.). Martín is the brother of Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Leonys Martin. With their final pick, the Royals selected David Estevez out of Pembroke Pines Charter High School (Fla.). He is the son of Orlando Estevez, the Royals’ Latin America Scouting Coordinator.

Here is a breakdown of the Royals’ 41 selections from the 2019 Draft:

  • Six high school selections
  • 35 college selections (30 four-year and 5 junior college)
  • 26 pitchers (13 right handers, 13 left handers)
  • Two catchers
  • Nine infielders
  • Four outfielders

View a breakdown of the Royals selections in the 2019 Draft »

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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