KANSAS CITY -- Cody Stubbs began his college career at Tennessee and transferred to Walters State Community College after his freshman year. He was drafted by the Nationals in the 14th round in 2011, but he elected to attend North Carolina. This year, the Royals took him in the eighth round with their 234th overall pick on Friday.
Stubbs has developed into the power-hitting first baseman most expected him to be, but he has limited upside left. He has good raw power and has matured as a hitter this season after improving his approach.
Stubbs is a solid, if unspectacular, defender at first base. He earns high marks for his makeup and work ethic. He is out of eligibility and is likely to sign.
KC nabs its first righty pitcher in Draft
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals selected Carter Hope, their first right-handed pitcher in the 2013 First-Player Draft, from The Woodlands High School (Texas) in the third round with the 82nd pick overall on Friday.
"He's another young, projectable right-hander at 6-foot-3," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said. "Real clean delivery. He's just started recently pitching. His brother [Mason] was drafted and is in the Marlins organization, so it's baseball bloodlines. It's what we look for. It's a physical body and it's an athlete."
Hope hadn't pitched much before this season, but he quickly made a statement when he threw a no-hitter in his first start this spring.
Hope also plays third base, but his tools and bloodlines suggest his future might be in pitching. His father, Pat, pitched for Oklahoma State and his brother, Mason, was the Marlins' fifth-round pick in 2011. Hope's fastball sits in the upper 80s to low 90s, and he also throws a curveball and changeup. He has a clean delivery and good arm action.
Hope is committed to Oklahoma State, where he likely will be a two-way player.
Royals go with pitcher/catcher college star
KANSAS CITY -- Like Hope Carter -- the Royals' first Draft pick on Friday -- Zane Evans also plays two positions.
Evans -- selected No. 114 overall in the fourth round on Friday -- began his career at Georgia Tech solely as a catcher, but he began relieving last year as well. Like Matt Wieters, Evans, a right-handed pitcher, served as the Yellow Jackets' starting catcher and closer, performing well in both roles.
Evans is a solid catcher, but some defensive concerns may push him to the mound. His pitching duties have decreased this year, but he has continued to show plenty of potential. Scouts like his fastball-slider combination and his projectability as a pitcher.
Evans is still learning how to pitch, but his fastball routinely reaches 90 mph even after catching several innings.
KC goes high-school route in fifth round
KANSAS CITY -- Center fielder Amalani Fukofuka from James Logan High School in Union City, Calif., was the Royals' fifth-round selection (No. 144 overall) and the team's second high-school selection on Friday.
"He came out to our workout that we had here at the stadium, and he kind of rejuvenated everybody a little bit," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said. "He is young, he is exciting, he's like a Franklin Gutierrez type, a good body."
Fukofuka batted .390 with a .416 on-base percentage his senior season for the Colts as their leadoff hitter. He had 32 hits, seven RBIs and 22 runs.
At James Logan, Fukofuka also played wide receiver and defensive back for the football team, which went 10-1 in the fall.
Short lefty Bartsch high on KC's wish list
KANSAS CITY -- Kyle Bartsch, the Royals' seventh-round selection on Friday, was 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA for the University of South Alabama this season. The left-handed pitcher had a .189 opponents' batting average against over 26 innings.
The 5-foot-10 pitcher is the Jaguars' career saves leader with 22, 12 of which came during his senior season. He recorded four straight saves from April 6-23.
Bartsch was named to the 2013 Sun Belt All-Conference Second Team.
Royals see high value in Rockett in ninth round
KANSAS CITY -- An arrest earlier this year led to a big drop in Daniel Rockett's stock, but a solid spring upon his return after charges were dropped helped him recoup some value when the Royals made him their ninth-round selection (264th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Rockett has above-average power at the plate and a pretty good feel for hitting, though he does have a lot of swing and miss to his game. That leads scouts to wonder if he will ever be able to tap into that power consistently.
He has a good arm, average range and should profile well in right field. Rockett might be given a chance earlier than expected as a senior sign.
KC can't pass up Newman in 10th round
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' 10th-round pick, Alex Newman, presented a scouting challenge.
The center fielder from Cypress College in Cypress, Calif., was ineligible this season because he was one credit hour short. Since the Royals first caught wind of Newman, they've only seen him in batting practice and never in a game situation.
Nevertheless, Kansas City took him in the 10th round on Friday after hearing another team was interested in picking him up later in the round.
"Colin Gonzales, who was our scout of the year last year, just took that area over in California. When he went out there in his first couple weeks out, he called me and said, 'I've got a guy, this is our kind of guy.' All we were able to do was go watch him work out," Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said. "We got wind that he was going to get taken there in the 10th round, and we didn't want to take a chance in letting him go till tomorrow."
Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.