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Royals draft left-hander Lacy with No. 4 pick

Royals.comJune 10, 2020

KANSAS CITY — Are the Royals getting the next Blake Snell? The next Al Leiter?

Those are just some of the comparisons to left-hander Asa Lacy, whom the Royals took with the No. 4 pick in the MLB Draft on Wednesday night. Lacy, a 21-year-old out of Texas A&M University, was considered by MLB Pipeline to be the top left-hander in the Draft.

Lacy becomes the highest-drafted player out of Texas A&M — the highest previously was left-hander Jeff Granger, taken by the Royals at No. 5 in 1993.

Most mock drafts had Lacy going at either No. 2 or No. 3. Presumably, the Royals, who many thought might take outfielder Zac Veen, couldn’t pass on Lacy when he fell to them.

The slot bonus money for the No. 4 pick is $6,664,000.

Lacy, who was drafted by the Indians in the 31st round in 2017 but opted to go to college, had a 0.75 ERA as a junior this season and struck out 46 batters in 24 innings.

Scouts have raved about Lacy’s fastball, which has a good downhill plane and can reach the upper 90s. Lacy also possesses a curveball and a hard slider in the low-to-mid 80s. His changeup grades above average.

There has been some belief among scouts that Lacy can even get better once he learns to harness his stuff.

Lacy will join a young crop of impressive Royals pitching prospects that includes Brady Singer (No. 2 per MLB Pipeline), Daniel Lynch (No. 3), Jackson Kowar (No. 4) and Kris Bubic (No. 6).

The Draft continues on Thursday with Rounds 2-5. The MLB Network preview show begins at 3 p.m. CT, with live coverage on MLB Network and ESPN2 beginning at 4 p.m. CT. Go to for complete coverage, including every pick on the Draft Tracker, coverage and analysis from MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft and @MLBDraftTracker on Twitter.

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