Royals select Nick Pratto with 14th overall pick in MLB Draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 12, 2017) – The Kansas City Royals made three selections on the first day of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, including first baseman Nick Pratto with their first pick (14th overall) out of Huntington Beach High School (Calif.).

In the second round, the Royals selected catcher MJ Melendez from Westminster Christian High School (Fla.). Melendez, 18, hit .391 with eight home runs and 29 RBI as a senior.

In the Competitive Balance Lottery Round B, the Royals selected left-handed pitcher Evan Steele, 73rd overall, of Chipola College (Fla.). A Vanderbilt transfer, Steele, 20, went 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA in 10 starts for the NJCAA Division I National Champs, earning Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Tournament honors.

The Draft continues Tuesday with rounds 3-10 starting at 12:00 p.m. CT.

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