“It’s Just A Mold Of Clay That You Can Build And The Ceiling Is Very High” | Royals Draft Two-Way Sensation Austin Charles In The 20th Round

“It’s Just A Mold Of Clay That You Can Build And The Ceiling Is Very High” | Royals Draft Two-Way Sensation Austin Charles In The 20th Round

The Kansas City Royals went into the 2022 MLB Draft looking to stockpile plenty of young talent, as they looked to replenish their farm system. After making 17 college selections, the most in franchise history, it’s safe to say they accomplished their goal. But a prep selection was the one that seemed to have the pundits chirping. The Royals selected Austin Charles in the 20th round, and it’s his two-way ability that intrigues the 2015 World Series Champions.

Charles is 18-years-old and stands a towering 6-foot-6. He possesses elite athleticism, pure power and what is already considered elite bat speed. As a pitcher he clocks out at 94 MPH, with much more room for improvement. While his slider is still a work in progress, it has potential to be lethal, and his go-to-pitch.

 

 

With all the craze about reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani with his two-way ability, Charles may not be the highly-recognizable talent Ohtani was prior to his arrival in MLB, but he sure has some of the same skills. Royals brass also see another great major leaguer when they see the physically imposing Charles.

Royals Scouting Director Likens Charles To Aaron Judge In High School

No one in the Royals’ decision-making brass has probably watched as much film or saw Charles play in person as much as scouting director Danny Ontiveros, and he had nothing but quality opinions of Charles. He even likened him to Yankees superstar and leading AL MVP candidate Aaron Judge.

 

“I saw Aaron Judge — and I don’t want to say Austin is Aaron Judge — at Linden High School when Judge was a little raw, but you saw the body and the athleticism. When you look at Austin, to me, that’s the first thing that comes to mind. Different positions, and Judge didn’t pitch, but you’re talking about a 6-foot-6 athlete, a guy that can move. Charles is playing shortstop at 6-foot-6 and he’s making it look kind of easy.

“It’s just a mold of clay that you can build, and the ceiling is just very high.”

Ontiveros was quick to say he’s not calling Charles, Judge, but he does see some similarities between the two at this stage of their careers.

Charles Shined In HS: UCSB Commit Signs With Royals

Charles excelled at both pitcher and shortstop during his senior year of high school. On the mound the hard-throwing hurler posted a paltry (1.36 ERA) with 62 strikeouts in just 46 innings. Better than a (K) per inning. He also displayed a great bat hitting (.483) with 13 homers and 57 RBIs. His play pushed him into the 109th position on the prospect list prior to the MLB Draft. That’s a huge leap for someone who wasn’t on the list prior to the season.

The Royals signed the two-way prospect to a deal worth just over $429K, with over $304K counting against the pool.

 

 

It’s safe to say KC sees something in Charles and didn’t want to risk not signing him. Which in turn would make him eligible to be redrafted next year, after a year of college ball. Watch out for this MLBbro. 

Bo Jackson Is The Greatest Two-Way Athlete In History | One Of The ’80s & ’90s Biggest Brands

Bo Jackson Is The Greatest Two-Way Athlete In History | One Of The ’80s & ’90s Biggest Brands

Bo Jackson changed the way we look at the possibilities of professional sports and what the pro athlete could accomplish. We had never seen simultaneous dominance on the MLB field and on the NFL gridiron. While his legendary tale didn’t last long due to a tragic injury, his talent mesmerized a generation of athletes and to this day nobody knows more than Bo, one of our legendary MLBbros.

 

 

 

MLBbro Michael A. Taylor’s Black In Action For Royals | The Golden Glove Made His Presence Felt Immediately 

MLBbro Michael A. Taylor’s Black In Action For Royals | The Golden Glove Made His Presence Felt Immediately 

The Kansas City Royals were without their spark plug in Michael Taylor for more than three weeks as he went to the COVID-19 injured list back in May. He made his return this past weekend and it was a breath of fresh air for the Royals.

Taylor’s first game back was on June 4 against the Astros and he went hitless in four at bats. But the next day he turned things around and finished the game going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. 

It was evident the Royals missed having the Gold Glove winner’s presence.

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Our MLBbro is the type of player who can impact the game at the plate and on the field. His ability to track down balls in center field is what separates him from other outfielders and he is an above average hitter at the plate, who’s had some clutch moments on baseball’s biggest stage. 

 

 

He hit one of the biggest homers of Washington’s miraculous 2019 World Series championship run.

 

 

Taylor’s teammates were glad to have him back in the lineup.

“Obviously, there was some really good defense behind me, (Taylor) running down some amazing catches,” rookie pitcher Jonathan Heasley said in an article from The Kansas City Star. “It’s always nice having guys like that out there in center field. It just makes you a little more confident out there, knowing that you’ve got a strong defense behind you and knowing you can pitch to contact.”

It’s not easy coming back and playing after missing an extended amount of time, but for Taylor, he was ready to get back out there.

“I feel really good,” Taylor said. “I’m happy with the way my body is feeling right now, energy level. I feel like I have my legs under me, so I feel like I’m in a good spot.”

Entering the game on June 5, Taylor led the team in hitting with runners in scoring position with a .308 batting average and .406 on-base percentage.

To hear Taylor say he’s in a good spot is great news for the Royals. He’s been one of the most consistent players on the team all season and he’s developed into a leader on the team. It’s good there was not a serious injury for Taylor, but COVID is no joke and is not something easy to come back from.

“I got pretty sick, so I was down for about four or five days,” Taylor said. “Then I slowly worked my way back after that.”

 

 

On June 6, Taylor went on to have another impressive performance against the Toronto Blue Jays where he went 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk. He’s hitting .255 through 36 games with 12 RBI and two home runs.

Taylor can go on to have one of the best seasons of his career if he can continue to stay healthy and put up productive numbers. And he definitely can win another Gold Glove award as well. As the season progresses, watch how Taylor steps up for his team and shows why he represents the game’s MLBbros with honor.