Major League Baseball saw what was supposed to be Opening Day come and go without action. However, despite the return of play still up in the air, fans have the MLB Draft to look forward to. The draft was set to take place in June, but news broke Thursday that it will likely be pushed back to July. A new date doesn't change much for a team like the Kansas City Royals. KC owns the No. 4 overall selection, and can target several top prospects after being in this position following back-to-back 100-loss seasons. Here's a look at three guys they should consider taking with that No. 4 pick.
3. Garrett Crochet, LHP
Garrett Crochet is a 6-6 left-handed pitcher for the Tennessee Volunteers. He was both a starter and reliever during his time in college and had a career K/9 of 10.2. He is only 20 years old and only logged 132 innings of work in college. The southpaw is the No. 10 ranked prospect by MLB.com and was a 34th-round pick out of high school in 2017. His size, strikeout ability and the fact he has starting experience make him an intriguing option for the Royals.
2. Garrett Mitchell, OF
Garrett Mitchell is a 21-year-old outfielder out of UCLA and is the No. 6 ranked prospect in the 2020 draft. Mitchell has a career slash line of .327/.393/.478 and had 18 stolen bases in 2019. Offensively and defensively, he's got the tools to be a star down the road in this league. The Royals most certainly should give him a strong look.
1. Jared Kelly, RHP
Jared Kelly is a 6-3 right-handed pitcher who is only 18. He is a high school pitcher out of Refugio High in Texas and can touch 98-99 MPH with his fastball. He is ranked the No. 7 overall prospect and his youth means he could reach the majors at an age where other prospects are just getting drafted. Kelly having such velocity at 18 years of age makes him an obvious target for a Royals team looking for an elite starter of the future. Kelly very well could be that guy.