The Royals went with back-to-back outfielders late on Day 2 of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, taking Brandon Downes in the seventh round (213th overall).

Downes (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) played three seasons at the University of Virginia, and hit .218 with seven home runs in his junior year with the Cavaliers. Two of those home runs came off Toronto's No. 9 overall selection Jeff Hoffman. One round earlier, the Royals took fellow outfielder Logan Moon.

Downes slugged 37 extra-base hits (20 doubles, 7 triples, 10 home runs) in his sophomore season.

"He's shown some glimpses for the ability to hit for power." MLB.com analyst Jonathan Mayo said. "There's some tools there, they just haven't shown up."

"I'm shocked at where we got him if you go back and look at what he did as a sophomore," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said, adding that a hand injury contributed to his down season as a junior.

Baseball America placed Downes 165th on its Top 500 list prior to the Draft.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.

KC adds another arm, takes Skoglund in Round 3

2014 Draft: Royals draft LHP Eric Skoglund No. 92

The Royals opened up Day 2 of the Draft with their fourth pitcher in five picks -- and third lefty -- selecting University of Central Florida left-hander Eric Skoglund in the third round on Friday.

Skoglund, the 92nd pick overall, started 33 games over three years with the Knights.

He flourished in this, his junior season, posting a 2.54 ERA in a career-high 15 starts. Opponents batted just .217 against Skoglund, and he struck out 94 batters in 110 innings.

Tall and lanky, Skoglund, at 6-foot-6 and 170 pounds, throws three pitches effectively. His fastball sits around 90 mph, and his changeup and slider profile as average pitches.

"He pitches off deception and fastball command," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said. "Starting pitching is at a premium, the Draft is full of depth in pitching, we tried to attack it early."

Skoglund bounced back after a rough sophomore year, in which he had a 5.08 ERA in 10 starts. One of the reasons for his ascension this year was his improved control. Skoglund, who walked 29 batters in 56 2/3 innings last season, issued just 27 free passes this year, while nearly doubling his innings (110).

The Pirates selected Skoglund in the 16th round of the 2011 Draft out of Sarasota (Fla.) High School, but he opted to attend UCF, and improved his Draft position 390 spots in the process.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.

KC adds to SS stockpile with prepster Burt

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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.

Royals' fifth-round pick nets Aggies lefty Ray

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The Royals continued their commitment to bolstering their young pitching by drafting right-hander Corey Ray in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday.

Kansas City selected Ray, a junior at Texas A&M, 153rd overall. He was the fifth pitcher -- and the third college product -- of the Royals' first seven selections.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound righty produced a 1.91 ERA over 17 appearances and four starts for the Aggies this season. Striking out 25 batters in 37 2/3 innings.

Ray's ERA decreased to 1.23 in his four starts.

Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg described Ray as "a kid we feel like is just starting to hit his stride.

"Our scout had been on him a long time, I believe he had a plus fastball with a slider," Goldberg said. "Not a lot of track record with him in the industry, but we're excited about his upside."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.

Royals pick Moon from backyard in Round 6

The Royals stayed in-state for their sixth-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, taking outfielder Logan Moon of Missouri Southern State University.

Kansas City used the 183rd overall pick on the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Moon, who is a Blue Springs, Mo., native.

In his senior season with the Lions, a Division II school, Moon batted .386, with one home run, seven triples and nine doubles. He also led the team in walks (26) and stolen bases (17). Moon transferred to Missouri Southern after three years at Central Arkansas.

Moon, who bats and throws right-handed, was the first outfielder taken by the Royals in 2014.

"He came to our pre-Draft workout that we had this past Saturday and he was one of the most tooled-out players we had," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said. "We knew we were going to select him after that workout."

Moon, who bats and throws right-handed, was the first outfielder taken by the Royals in 2014.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.

Royals add first baseman O'Hearn in eighth round

The Royals stayed offensive-minded with their eighth-round pick (243rd overall), selecting Sam Houston State first baseman Ryan O'Hearn.

The left-handed O'Hearn (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) broke out in his junior year with the Bearkats, slugging eight home runs, after combining for just three in his freshman and sophomore seasons. O'Hearn posted a .292 batting average, and added three triple and eight doubles.

"We wanted to try to get a left-handed bat in the Draft and some of those guys get taken early," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said. "O'Hearn was a guy our scouts believed in early in the year. He's a real good defensive player, and he gives us flexibility -- he can play the outfield and first base."

O'Hearn, who checks in at No. 307 in Baseball America's Top 500 list, was the fourth position player the Royals drafted from Rounds 4-8. Kansas City used five of its first seven picks on pitchers.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.

Big college bat Thomasson to KC in Round 9

The Royals got one of the more prolific power hitters in college baseball this season, taking outfielder Brandon Thomasson in the ninth round (273rd overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday.

The four-year Tennessee Tech product finished second in Division I in home runs this season with 22. Thomasson batted .337 with four triples and 20 doubles, and his .721 slugging percentage, also ranked second in DI. He clubbed 46 extra-base hits in 58 games.

"Twenty-two home runs in this game with the bats that they have, we'll take power any time we can get it," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said.

Thomasson's monster season earned him a spot on Collegiate Baseball magazine's All-America list.

Thomasson stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 215 pounds. He was the third outfielder selected by the Royals on Day 2 of the Draft.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.

KC book ends Day 2 with Utes closer Green

The Royals ended Day 2 of the MLB Draft the same way they started it: by drafting a left-handed college pitcher.

Kansas City snagged University of Utah's Nick Green in the 10th round with the 303rd pick overall.

Green spent the last of his five seasons with the Utes as the team's go-to closer. Six of Green's eight career saves came this season, when he posted a 4.26 ERA in 23 appearances. He held opponents to a .256 batting average, and struck out 38 compared to 12 walks.

"Our cross-checker told me, 'Look, you have to take this guy, he's got a plus slider,'" Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said.

All 70 of Green's career appearances came in relief.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.