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A budget behind Royals' first-round surprise

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07:07 AM ET 06.07 | At the very least, the Royals did throw a curve Thursday. They went against expectations by selecting shortstop Hunter Dozier from Stephen F. Austin in Texas. Baseball America characterized Dozier as a "Jeff Kent-style player in a Drew Stubbs body," but also listed him as the No. 38-ranked player available in the draft. Immediate speculation suggested the Royals are hoping to sign Dozier for below the slotted signing bonus and use the savings to overpay subsequent selections -- such as high school seniors to lure them away from college. The 40-round draft runs through Saturday. The first two rounds, along with the two new competitive-balance rounds, took place Thursday. Rounds three through 10 are Friday with the remainder on Saturday.

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Bud Selig, with Kansas City's selection, Icon Sports Bud Selig, with Kansas City's selection, Icon Sports
June 7, 2013  07:59 AM ET

You expect us to remember Drew Stubbs?

June 7, 2013  08:04 AM ET

My immediate speculation is the Royals just plain screwed up their first pick. Their single national scout is 96 years old and was in the bathroom with the runs when he was supposed to be watching this kid play.

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June 7, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

So much of the baseball draft is a crapshoot, but the Royals' pick seems more like crap.

EVERY draft is a crapshoot

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