Royals Select 10 Players On Final Day Of 2021 First-Year Player Draft


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 13, 2021) – The Kansas City Royals selected 10 players on the third and final day of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft. In total, the Royals added 21 players to their organization over the last three days, including six right-handed pitchers, six left-handed pitchers, five middle infielders, two outfielders and two catchers. After selecting high school players with four of their first five picks, the Royals selected from the college ranks with 12 of their final 14 picks, including each of their last nine.

The Royals selected Brennon McNair in the 11th round (319th overall), a shortstop from Magee High School (Miss.). McNair, 18, was named Co-Player of the Year in 3A Baseball by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and graduated as valedictorian of his senior class. He is committed to South Alabama.

In the 12th round (349th overall), the Royals selected Tyson Guerrero, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Washington. Guerrero, 21, ranked third among qualifying pitchers in the Pac-12 with a 2.96 ERA (18 ER in 54.2 IP) this season. He spent the shortened 2020 season at Lower Columbia after transferring from Washington State in 2019, where he was a two-way player as a freshman.

With their 13th-round pick (379th overall), the Royals selected Patrick Halligan, a right-handed pitcher from Pensacola State College. Halligan, 21, was named First-Team All-Panhandle Conference this season after going 7-3 with a 1.87 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 81.2 innings. He spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career at George Mason.

The Royals selected Caden Monke, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Arkansas, in the 14th round (409th overall). Monke, 21, went 5-1 with a 3.71 ERA (14 ER in 34.0 IP) and 42 strikeouts (11.1 K/9) in 27 relief appearances this season at Arkansas, where he was teammates with Robert Moore, the son of Royals’ GM Dayton Moore.

In the 15th round (439th overall), the Royals selected outfielder River Town out of Dallas Baptist University. Town, who turned 22 last week, hit .326 (76-for-233) with 10 home runs, 51 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 59 games as a junior this season, and is currently playing in the Cape Cod League. He played at LSU Eunice from 2019-20, where he earned an ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove and led the team with a .535 on-base percentage as a freshman in 2019.

With their 16th-round pick (469th overall), the Royals selected Anthony Simonelli, a right-handed pitcher out of Virginia Tech University. Simonelli, 22, went 5-2 in 13 starts this season at Virginia Tech, where he was teammates with left hander Shane Connolly, who the Royals selected in the 10th round yesterday.

In the 17th round (499th overall), the Royals selected Luca Tresh, a catcher out of NC State University, who hit a career-high 15 home runs with 43 RBI while catching all 56 games as a junior this season. He is the cousin of Tom Tresh, who won Rookie of the Year in 1962 and was a three-time All-Star with the Yankees during his nine-year big league career from 1961-69.

With their 18th-round pick (529th overall), the Royals selected right-handed pitcher Harrison Beethe out of Texas Christian University. Beethe, 23, has made 14 relief appearances over the last two seasons, and was previously selected by Milwaukee in the 39th round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of North Iowa Area Community College, where he was the No. 4 prospect in the state, according to Baseball America.

In the 19th round (559th overall), the Royals selected Cam Williams, a shortstop from the University of Texas. Williams, 23, hit .295 (61-for-207) with 20 doubles, 12 home runs and 51 RBI in 61 games this season, after previously playing at San Jacinto College and Dallas Baptist University. He was selected by Seattle in the 39th round of the 2016 Draft out of Gaither High School (Fla.), and is the son of Reggie Williams, who played in parts of four seasons with the Angels (1992, 1998-99) and the Dodgers (1995).

With their final pick, the Royals selected left-handed pitcher Jack Aldrich in the 20th round (589th overall) out of Tulane University, where he pitched to a 3.70 ERA (34 ER in 82.2 IP) with 96 strikeouts (10.5 K/9) and just 23 walks (2.5 BB/9) this season. Prior to his two seasons at Tulane, he attended Santa Barbara City College in 2019 and Santa Clara University in 2018.

Additional notes on all 21 players selected by the Royals in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft are attached.

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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