The Kansas City Royals are coming off of a rough couple of years, posting back to back 100 loss seasons. This isn't exactly surprising, as the team has been in rebuild mode since breaking up a core of players that led them to World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015, culminating in the organization's first World Series Championship in 30 years, in 2015.
With a farm system that's currently ranked 9th in baseball by Bleacher Report and stacked with starting pitching, after nailing the 2018 draft with a fearsome foursome of collegiate pitchers who have had glowing reviews, to this point. So which direction did they go with the 4th overall pick of this year's draft... Pitching, selecting Texas A&M LHP, Asa Lacy.
Starting pitching may be a strength of the Royals' minor-league system but you can never have too many arms and Lacy is a big strong lefty, standing 6'4" with a full arsenal of pitches. It starting with a fastball that tops out at 97mph and while his fastball may be his best pitch, he has plus pitches in his curveball and changeup, with a slider that gives right-handers nightmares.
In a draft year that could potentially shape the direction of the Royals future, they took the top pitcher in the draft, one who has drawn comparisons to three-time Cy Young winner and MVP Clayton Kershaw. It's hard to pass on player like that and the Royals made the right call in drafting Lacy, a pitcher that spent three years dominating college hitters and could see the big leagues sooner than later.