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2018 MLB Draft: The Royals select Daniel Lynch with the 34th overall pick

The Royals continued to load up in the comp round as they grabbed a college arm with lots of pitches

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With the 34th pick in the 2018 MLB draft, the Kansas City Royals went off the board a bit with college LHP Daniel Lynch out of the University of Virginia.

Lynch wasn’t really on the first round radar for, well, basically anyone, but he is a live college arm with an arsenal of pitches. His fastball that generally sits in the 88-92 mph range but has been clocked a tick higher, a changeup that is more often than not a plus pitch that has great action and is hard to pick up out of his hand for lefties, as well as both a slider and a curveball. The curve is more of a get-over pitch, but the slider has shown some good sharpness and is a weapon against left handed hitters.

There isn’t a ton of upside with Lynch and the track record for Virginia players in the pros recently has been spotty at best. However, the Royals are getting a guy that knows how to pitch and could move through the system quickly.