KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals didn’t have to go far to get their second round pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
On Monday afternoon, the Royals selected Blue Valley Southwest right-hand pitcher Ben Kudrna with the 43rd overall pick.
Kudrna was ranked No. 46 on MLB.com’s Top 250 Draft Prospects list.
Standing at 6-foot-4, Kudrna led the Timberwolves to a 22-3 record and the Class 5A state championship.
Kudrna recorded a 9-1 record on the mound with a 0.99 ERA and 100 strikeouts and 11 walks in 57.1innings.
The LSU commit was named the 2020-21 Gatorade Kansas Baseball Player of the Year and the 2021 Class 5A Pitcher of the Year.
On Sunday, the Royals used their first round selection to draft pitcher Frank Mozzicato.