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Royals announce signings of early draft picks, but no Bobby Witt Jr (yet)

Meet Royals first-round pick Bobby Witt Jr.

Kansas City Royals first round draft pick Bobby Witt Jr. speaks to The Star at his home in Colleyville, Texas, the day after being selected No. 2 overall in the 2019 MLB Draft. He and his dad are the highest-drafted father-son combination ever.
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Kansas City Royals first round draft pick Bobby Witt Jr. speaks to The Star at his home in Colleyville, Texas, the day after being selected No. 2 overall in the 2019 MLB Draft. He and his dad are the highest-drafted father-son combination ever.

The Royals quickly locked in several members of last week’s draft class.

But not yet their top pick.

Through its player development page, the Royals announced a bundle of signings Monday, though none of them include No. 2 overall selection Bobby Witt Jr, a Texas high school shortstop. Over the weekend, Witt led Colleyville Heritage to its first ever Texas Class 5A state championship.

The deadline to sign draft picks is August 15.

The Royals went college-heavy with their selections in last week’s 2019 MLB. The agreements announced Monday:

Alec Marsh, RHP, Arizona State, Compensation B round

Michael Massey, 2B, Illinois, fourth round

John Rave, CF, Illinois State, fifth round

Dante Biasi, LHP, Penn State, sixth round

Noah Murdock, RHP, Virginia, seventh round

Clay Dungan, SS, Indiana State, ninth round

Anthony Veneziano, LHP, Coastal Carolina, 10th round

Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Old Dominion, 11th round

Tyler Tolbert, SS, UAB, 13th round

Burle Dixon, OF, Cosumnes River College, 18th round

Austin Manning, LHP, USC, 19th round

Cody Davenport, RHP, Central Arkansas, 20th round

Jacob Means, 3B, Indiana State, 22nd round

Alex Smith, LHP, Memphis, 24th round

Josh Broughton, 3B, Valdosta State, 25th round

Jay Charleston, OF, Tennessee, 26th round

Jim Govern, 2B, Eastern Illinois, 30th round

Patrick Smith, LHP, Purdue, 33rd round

In addition to Witt, second-rounder Brady McConnell, a Florida shortstop, remains unsigned. Third-rounder Grant Gambrell, a right-handed pitcher from Oregon State, told The Oregonian than he “plans to sign with the Royals.”

Because Florida State is headed to the College World Series and its season has not yet concluded, left-handed pitcher Drew Parrish, an eighth-round pick, are not yet eligible to sign.

The Royals also announced that they have signed free agent Cole Watts.

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