Royals select Blue Valley Southwest pitcher Ben Kudrna, in round 2 of MLB Draft


(610 Sports) – The Kansas City Royals are stockpiling arms, lots of them. In recent drafts it seemed the teams strategy was to take high-level college arms early in the draft and while they've continue the trend of grabbing pitchers early, this year, it has been at the high school level. After selecting high school left-hander Frank Mozzicato out of East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT., the Royals' brass went back to the high school ranks in round 2.

The pick, local product Ben Kudrna out of Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, KS. Kudrna, a 6' 3" right-handed pitcher with a clean delivery and fastball that tops out around 93 mph, was the 41st ranked prospect, according to

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Currently committed to play college baseball for LSU, Kudrna is a tall righty with a three pitch arsenal. To go with the low to mid 90s fastball, the right-hander has a really nice changeup and a developing slider that he is currently working on.

The knock on Kudrna at this point would be the velocity of his fastball, something that he can certainly improve on with age, work, and experience in the minor leagues or college. He will also need to work on getting more break out of his slider, but Kudrna is known as a hard worker and always looking to improve.