Royals select high school pitcher Frank Mozzicato with No. 7 overall pick

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(610 Sports) – Since back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015, the Kansas City Royals have been working to form the next nucleus of players that could propel them back into Playoff contention, through the MLB Draft. In recent years the team has used the draft to stockpile top-end pitching talent, selecting four first-round college pitchers in the last three drafts.

Despite the surplus of quality arms, the Royals continue to live by the old baseball adage, "You can never have too much pitching." With the 7th overall pick of the draft, the Royals selected left-handed high school pitcher Frank Mozzicato out of East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT.

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Standing 6' 2" and 175 lbs, Mozzicato boasts a fastball velocity that is in the 95th percentile of the 2021 draft class, consistently monitored in the low 90s. Good news for Kansas City, Mozzicato's fastball isn't considered his biggest strength, the lefty also possesses a high spin curveball that he can throw with accuracy in the strike zone to put hitters away and a third-pitch change-up that he can also control, though he doesn't rely on it as often as his other two pitches.

Though Mozzicato wasn't expected to go in the top-10 of the 2021 MLB Draft, he has had a meteoric rise in the rankings, recently, following a string of four consecutive no-hitters for his high school team on way to a state championship. Mozzicato is an athletic pitcher who is committed to the University of Connecticut, and taking him in the first round could allow the Royals to sign under slot value and spread their bonus pool money around in the later rounds.