Draft Press Conference Notes
General Manager Dayton Moore, Assistant GM/Scouting and Player Development J.J. Picollo and Scouting Director Lonnie Goldberg met with the media after tonight’s first-round selection of Hunter Dozier. They also met the media after KC’s 7-3 win to discuss the selections of left-handed pitchers Sean Manaea and Cody Reed.
Goldberg described th3 6’4”, 220 pound Dozier as big and athletic, the type of player that the scouts look for. Drafted as a shortstop, Dozier could also play third base or outfield, according to Goldberg. Dozier is a player with big-time power to all fields and a guy who loves to play.
Dayton Moore also described Dozier as one who “comes to play”, a great person and someone who comes from a great family. Picollo says that the Royals will likely start Dozier in short-season ball.
KC selected left-handed pitchers Sean Manaea and Cody Reed with the 34th and 46th picks, respectively.
Goldberg says that both have swing-and-miss ability.
Manaea dominated the Cape Cod League last year in a season that Goldberg feels was full of offense.
He sees Reed as a player that jumped on the scene this year and someone who the Royals are catching on the rise. Picollo sees Reed going to a short-season team.
Moore was asked about pitching deliveries and how it pertains to Manaea, who has had injury issues. Moore pointed out that deliveries are unique – pointing out that Royals Hall of Famers Kevin Appier, Mark Gubicza and Bret Saberhagen all had deliveries that were not considered normal. Moore is not in the camp of baseball people who believe that a pitcher has to have a perfect delivery in order to be effective.