The movement toward Moore's goal started on Thursday. After selecting Eric Hosmer in the first round, the Royals added four high school arms, a college second baseman and a high school shortstop. One of those pitchers, Tim Melville, was projected as a first-round pick. The Royals nabbed him in the fourth round. They also picked left-hander Mike Montgomery in the supplemental first round, infielder Johnny Giavotella in the second, right-hander Tyler Sample in the third, left-hander John Lamb in the fifth and shortstop Alex Llanos in the sixth.
An injury to teammate Anthony Gose gave Montgomery a chance to shine in his senior year of high school in Newhall, Calif. Scouts saw the lefty's 94-mph fastball, and his stock started rising. Now, he's a Draft pick of the Royals. Kansas City earned the supplemental pick after reliever David Riske signed with Milwaukee last offseason.
Montgomery has more than just his fastball; he's known for his ability to mix in a solid changeup and curve. At 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, Montgomery is athletic and played for his high school basketball team. He projects as a middle of the rotation starter and signed to play college baseball at Cal-State Fullerton.
Like Montgomery, Sample is a tall high schooler (6-foot-7) who can throw heat. His fastball has been clocked at 95 mph. Sample also throws a plus curve, but his changeup is a work in progress.
Royals' top five selections
|3.||1B||Eric Hosmer||American Heritage Sch. (Fla.)|
|36.||LHP||Michael Montgomery||Hart HS (Calif.)|
|49.||2B||Johnny Giavotella||U of New Orleans|
|80.||RHP||Tyler Sample||J.K. Mullen Prep|
|115.||RHP||Timothy Melville||Wentzville Holt HS (Mo.)|
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Both Montgomery and Sample were listed as top 50 prospects according to Baseball America. Melville, a right-hander from Holt High School in Wentzville, Mo., was ranked No. 15. Seeing him last until the fourth round was a major surprise.
Listed as the top high school pitcher in the Draft and compared to the Yankees' Phil Hughes, Melville can throw a 91-94 mph fastball and a plus curve. At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, he can also play third base. He's committed to play college ball at North Carolina. Because Melville slipped past the first round, there's a possibility he could attend school.
Last summer, Lamb was a two-way player who people compared to John Mabry. He decided to focus on pitching his senior year. A good move. Lamb, from Laguna Hills High School (Calif.), is a tall lefty with a curve, changeup and fastball that hovers around 88 to 91 mph. His breaking ball and control need some work.
Giavotella is a junior second baseman out of the University of New Orleans. He was a preseason All-American and finished the year with a .354 batting average, 12 home runs and 56 RBIs. In three seasons as a Privateer, he compiled a .363 average and hit 32 homers.
With their last pick of the day, in the sixth round, the Royals selected Llanos, a shortstop from Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School.