KC opens Day 3 of Draft with catcher pick

KC opens Day 3 of Draft with catcher pick

KC opens Day 3 of Draft with catcher pick

KANSAS CITY -- Although there was no elite prospect from Puerto Rico like last year with Astros No. 1 pick Carlos Correa, there were many solid Puerto Rican prospects, and catcher Xavier Fernandez was one of the better ones in this year's Draft class. The 18-year-old from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy was the Royals' Day 3 opening pick in the 11th round (324th overall) on Saturday.

Behind the plate, Fernandez flashes an above-average arm and good receiving skills. He also shows good agility and has the chance to be an above-average defender in pro ball.

Fernandez is much more raw offensively, but he has a good feel for hitting and displayed some power potential this spring. Most feel Fernandez is ready for pro ball.

Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.