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MLB Draft 2011: Kansas City Royals Begin Process Of Signing Players

Well now that the Major League Baseball Draft is over, the Royals have begun the process of working on contracts to bring the young players into the fold with the organization. Kansas City has been quite busy, signing 21 draft choices so far over the past few days, in addition to six undrafted prospects.

Thus far, the highest draft pick signed is seventh round selection, pitcher Kellen Moen from the University of Oregon. The full list of players who have signed on the dotted line can be found here and here.

In addition to the players who were drafted, the Royals have also signed the following-

Nick DelGuidice - SS Florida Atlantic

Brian Gaylord - 1B Lewis and Clark State

Tyler Smith - C Arkansas State

Cody Fassold - RHP Lewis and Clark State

Nathan Johnson - RHP Whitworth University

Andrew Stueve - RHP Cal State-Stanislaus

Kansas City had drafted Smith's college teammate, pitcher Andrew Ferguson in the 18th round last Tuesday. Ferguson is one of the prospects who has since signed.

Interesting that the Royals also pulled two teammates from Lewis and Clark State College in Idaho. In 2008, the Royals drafted LHP Blaine Hardy from Lewis and Clark in the 22nd round. Hardy has struggled at AAA Omaha, but has been quite the find for the Royals coming into this season.