KC’s 1999 Draft was a Royal Failure

January 21, 2009 at 8:21 am 5 comments

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I am stealing this from Joe Posnanski’s blog here. It is a great piece on how Kansas City royaly failed thier 1999 draft and how it could’ve affected the current team. While hindsight is always 20/20 I still have to agree that Kansas City had one of the worst drafts in a year that yielded such great talent.

The Royals had 4 of the first 43 picks and 6 of the first 58 picks in a draft that included some of the biggest names in baseball day. Did they get any of those names with their first four picks, though? No. Did they get any of those names with any of those picks? Well, no. Here are there picks and who Posnanski says they could’ve taken in that same round.

Royals first pick (No. 7 overall): Pitcher Kyle Snyder
Could have been: Pitcher Barry Zito OR Pitcher Ben Sheets

Royals second pick (No. 25 overall): RHP Mike MacDougal
Could have been: Shortstop Brian Roberts

Royals third pick (No. 32 overall): RHP Jay Gehrke
Could have been: Outfielder Carl Crawford

Royals fourth pick (No. 43 overall): LHP Jimmy Gobble
Could have been: LHP John Lackey

Royals fifth pick (No. 54 overall): RHP Brian Sanches
Could have been: INF Brandon Phillips

Royals sixth pick (No. 58 overall): RHP Wes Obermueller
Could have been: 1B Justin Morneau

Royals seventh pick (No. 91 overall): RHP Kiki Bengochea
Could have been: 3B Hank Blalock

Royals eighth pick (No. 121 overall): SS Mackeel Rodgers
Could have been: RHP J.J. Putz

Royals ninth pick (No. 151 overall): 1B Ken Harvey
Could have been: RHP Aaron Harang

Royals tenth pick (No. 181 overall): RHP Ryan Baerlocher
Could have been: LHP Erik Bedard

Royals 11th pick (No. 211 overall): C James McAuley
Could have been: OF Coco Crisp

Royals 12th pick (No. 241 overall): 2B Eric Nelson
Could have been: RHP Jake Peavy

Royals 13th pick (No. 271 overall): SS Mark Ellis
Could have been: 2B Mark Ellis

Royals 14th pick (No. 301 overall): LHP Jesse Kurtz-Nicholl
Could have been: OF Marlon Byrd

Royals 15th pick (No. 331 overall): LHP Edwin Franco
Could have been: 1B Lyle Overbay

Royals 16th pick (No. 361 overall): LHP Tony Cogan
Could have been: OF Lew Ford

Wow! Those are some very good ball players the Royals passed on. The thing is, any team can look back and say would’ve-could’ve-should’ve but the Royals got nobody except Mark Ellis (in Oakland now) out of their picks.

Finally. The one pick that should forever haunt the Royals is:

Royals 17th pick (No. 391 overall): 3B Greg Raymundo
Could have been: 3B Albert Pujols

Posnanski’s Comment: And there it is. The guy who went to high school in Kansas City. The guy who went to Junior College in Kansas City. The guy, 18 months after he was drafted, would become one of the great rookie sensations in baseball history. Ah what could have been.

Every team passed on the great Albert Pujols but the Royals took a bunch of nobodies when they could’ve had Pujols, the kid who played high school ball and college ball in their own back yard, with any of their first 17 picks.

That’s what you call a Royal Failure!

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John Cloutman  |  January 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I don’t think that even the Detroit Lions could pick that many busts in a row.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Haha!

    I still can’t believe how awful their organization was that it didn’t even take Pujols with one of its first 17 picks. A lot of teams draft hometown players usually ahead of projections. That is awful scouting and drafting at its best.

    Reply
  • 3. Erik  |  January 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Herk Robinson never had a history of being a competent GM nor has any of his successors. I.e. Allard Baird, Dayton Moore. The ONE GM in the past of KC is John Schuerholz. YES that John Schuerholz!

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Very true. The sad thing is I thought Moore would be a good GM but so far he’s disappointed me. At least they had a great draft in 2008.

    Reply
  • 5. Erik  |  January 22, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I think the only reason you thought that about Moore was cause he wasn’t Baird.

    Reply

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