Dayton Moore answers media questions about the draft, minor leagues

The 2010 June Draft begins on Monday.  General Manager Dayton Moore talked to the media today about the draft and other topics.

Moore is looking for players with great character and players who fit a team atmosphere.  He puts an added emphasis on players with past championship experience, either in college or high school.  Ideally, Kansas City’s first pick will eventually be able to blend in with the current group of prospects at Double-A. 

Moore sees several players in this draft that will make an impact in the majors.  However, he doesn’t see as many premium position players as in some drafts. 

A media member asked whether the draft will drop off after the first three picks (the Royals pick fourth).  Moore says he sees how some see it that way, but every draft will be re-evaluated after three years and the picture can be very different.  He sees that as the beauty and the challenge of baseball’s draft – a 10th round pick could wind up with a better career than a first-round choice.  He sees all 50 or so players that a team drafts as important, sighting Jarrod Dyson.  The speedy former 50th round pick is now on Kansas City’s 40-man roster. 

Duffy’s return

Reporters asked Moore about pitching prospect Danny Duffy, who recently returned to the organization after taking some time away from baseball.  Moore hasn’t spoken to Duffy and for now he will leave that to Assistant GM/Scouting and Player Development J.J. Picollo and Director of Minor League Operations Scott Sharp.  He didn’t know if Duffy would return originally after he left baseball in March, but he knew that the good relationship between the club and Duffy would help. 

Moose and Hosmer

Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer are both leading their respecting leagues in hitting, with Moose entering the day first in the Texas League at .371 and Hosmer’s .350 pacing the Carolina League.  Moore says that the Royals are staying humble as an organization as far as their progress.  He said that minor league hitting coordinator Jack Maloof is pleased with their development.  As to whether they will be promoted, Moore said that the organization will re-assess that in a month, but neither is a currently a candidate to be on the Major League team by the end of 2010.

Yost’s start 

Moore likes the intense focus and clear beliefs of his new manager.  While the two knew one another from Atlanta, they didn’t have the manager-general manager relationship.  Moore says that this particular aspect of their relationship is still evolving.

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