A plethora of shortstops in the system didn't stop the Royals from taking one in the fourth round of the 2014 First-Year MLB Player Draft on Friday, with Dawon Burt (5'9, 160 lbs) of Fuquay-Varina High School (N.C.) coming to Kansas City with the 123rd overall selection.
MLB.com analyst Jim Callis sees Burt as "an unrefined guy, who you could mold into something," adding that he has "high upside." He's listed as the 478th ranked player on Baseball America's Top 500.
"To be quite honest, our scout almost hid him out from us," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said. "He was kind of his guy, he loved him, he tried to tell us, 'Hey, don't come in and see him because then other teams will find out about him.'"
Goldberg also indicated that shortstop or second base will be the position Burt's groomed for.
Of the first six players selected by the Royals, Burt was the second position player, and he was the fourth high schooler selected by Kansas City.
Burt batted .423 in his senior year of high school with four home runs, a triple and four doubles in 96 plate appearances.
The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.