Pogotheostrich wrote: Tavish wrote:
cardinal1975 wrote:The biggest steal had to be Smoak to Texas.
Not if Melville signs.
Are the Royals going to give him top dollar?
I hope there was at least some forethought before picking him. They took two guys in Hosmer and Melville that both had some really high signing bonus ideas coming into the draft. I don't think they would waste a 4th round pick with no intention of paying well above the slot. So far everything that I've heard is that the chances of getting Melville signed are fairly good, his momma is happy the Royals took him, his high school coach says Melville wants to start his pro career (also said he is a tremendous hitter).
It is sort of a make or break draft for Royals fans. In terms of talent selected I really do believe the Royals came out way ahead in the first round. If they go from a day like this to having Hosmer or Melville not sign due to tight pockets from the organization it will be a major blow to the fan base. But if they do end up dropping $4-$6 million bonuses to both these players then, even if they never pan out, it sends an encouraging signal.