For 30 major league teams, including the KC Royals, draft analysis is a complicated and often inaccurate science based on tool ratings, stats, spin, pop and barrel rates, launch angles. , a myriad of other measures, in-person and video screening, background investigations, interviews and gut feelings.
Some things, however, are not in the equation. The names are one. No club makes selection decisions based even in small part on player names, which only serve to identify, track and distinguish one prospect from another.
But if the names did Regardless, the Royals may have hit the jackpot in the 15th round of Tuesday’s 2021 draft. And if there was such a thing as a “Top Name Pick,” it probably happened when Kansas City used their 15th round pick, and the 439th overall, on a promising outfielder from Dallas Baptist University.
Yes, River Town, owner of perhaps the most catchy name on the project. Unlike Joey Gallo and Joey Votto, or Kyle Seager and Corey Seager, no one will mistake River Town for any other player, at least not by name.
However, River Town is more than a catchy name.
What kind of ball player is the KC Royals 15th round selection?
Town, 22, made his debut season this year for Dallas Baptist University after competing in two campaigns at Louisiana State-Eunice. His .326 / .436 / .519 slash proves he can strike, and he’s displayed decent power and production with 10 homers and 51 RBIs in 59 games. The city also stole 20 bases.
Town, a left-hander, is appropriately selective at home as well – he has struck out 12.46% and has walked 11.39% of the time this season. And the two mistakes he made suggest his glove is good.
The 5-foot-11, 181-pound tower was also an offensive force at LSU-Eunice, slashing .339 / .535 / .624 with nine homers in 55 first-year games, then .508 / .663 / .869 with four. home runs and 28 RBIs in 20 games before the pandemic ends the 2020 season.
Town should therefore offer the KC Royals a good bat and a decent glove.
Oh, and by the way Kansas City has already signed Town. He is officially a Royal.
River Town has an unforgettable name. Hopefully he will be an unforgettable Royal.