The Royals followed the same strategy that worked in 2018 by adding another college pitcher with their first round pick of the 2020 draft picking left-handed pitcher Asa Lacy of Texas A&M with the fourth overall pick. Lacy had a GPA of 2.13 and 130 strikeouts in 88 2⁄3 innings in 2019, pleading for the United States national team this summer. He dominated fully in four starts this year, hitting 46 hitters in 24 innings, allowing just nine hits and a 0.75 ERA. The opponents had just hit .111 against him and he had eight batters.
Asa Lacy faced JJ Bleday, Justin Foscue, Nick Gonzales, Austin Martin, Kam Misner, Andrew Vaughn and Jordan Westburg at Texas A&M.
The 7 hitters are a combined 1 for 17, with 0 XBH, and a .259 OPS, and a 30.0 K%, 15.0 BB%. He dominated 7 talents in the first round. pic.twitter.com/pnzgj5SL7h
– Mason McRae (@mason_mcrae) May 27, 2020
Lacy is a hard throw leftist with a large 6’4 “frame who weighed up to 215 pounds at College Station. He launched regularly in the mid-90s, sometimes hitting 98mph on the radar gun. But it’s his cursor that is his playground, with much agreement that this is the best cursor in the project, and perhaps the best cursor in a left-handed project for years. It launches a power curve and a change which are both described as medium to above average by MLB Pipeline with the potential for improvement.
The only blow on Lacy is her tendency to get to the bottom of the accounts and not be efficient on the field. But he certainly has some of the best swing-and-miss stuff in this project, with a frame large enough to be a lasting workhorse. He is known for his composure on the mound and was a leader for the Aggies in the field.
MLB Pipeline and Baseball America have ranked Lacy as the # 3 prospect on their selection boards. The Detroit Tigers, as expected, have chosen Arizona State’s first base player Spencer Torkelson, first overall. But the Orioles destroyed many simulation projects by taking Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad second, and the Marlins surprised many by taking Minnesota pitcher Max Meyer third.
The Royals selected a Texas A&M left-handed pitcher from the top five before, picking Jeff Granger fifth overall in 1993.
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