Free Agent Frenzy

Arkansas City-Little Rock catcher Kale Emshoff was one of six undrafted free agents signed Sunday by the Kansas City Royals, the first day undrafted free agents could sign with teams.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals indicated last week that they would be

active in trying to sign non-drafted free agents once the 2020 MLB Draft ended.

And sure enough, the Royals already have come to an agreement with six such players, a source told MLB.com, pending physicals. The club has not confirmed any signings or agreements.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said last week that he and the scouting department had the go-ahead from owner John Sherman to sign as many non-drafted free agents as was warranted. Moore said then it didn’t mean that Kansas City would have “mass signings,” but he said the club would be aggressive in seeking to add more talent to the system.

• Chase Wallace, Tennessee, RHP

Wallace, 21, missed most of his sophomore season because of a hamstring injury. He had a 1-1 mark through four starts this season, with a 3.50 ERA and 18 strikeouts in four starts before COVID-19 shut down the season.

Wallace, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, had a career-high 5 2/3 scoreless innings earlier this season in Tennessee’s win against Western Illinois.

• Tucker Bradley, Georgia, OF

Bradley, a 6-0, 206-pound left-handed hitter, appeared in 119 games with 115 starts in the outfield at Georgia. Bradley was hitting .397 with six home runs, 23 RBI and eight stolen bases through the first 18 games this season. Bradley, 22, graduated last month with a degree in sports management.

• A.J. Block, Washington State, LHP

Block, 6-5, 220, had a 3.25 ERA in four starts this season. He had a 6.06 ERA as a junior, but he was drafted in the 17th round by the Tigers in 2019. Block, 22, chose to return to Washington State for his senior season.

• John McMillon, Texas Tech, RHP

McMillon, 6-3, 230, can bring the heat out of the bullpen, regularly topping 100 mph on the radar gun.

McMillon pitched 47 2/3 innings in 24 appearances in 2019, striking out 67 batters. In 9 1/3 innings this season, he walked eight batters, gave up four runs and struck out 20. McMillon, 22, was drafted in the 11th round by the Tigers in ’19.

• Kale Emshoff, Arkansas Little-Rock, C

Emshoff, a 22-year-old right-handed hitter, was the No. 146-ranked prospect in the Draft per MLB Pipeline, which wrote of him: “Emshoff hit .253 with four homers in his first two seasons at Arkansas-Little Rock before blowing out his elbow during the Trojans’ scout day in the fall of 2018. After missing all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery, he returned to bat .417 and homer seven times in 17 games this spring, going deep in five of his last seven contests before the season ended.

“The strength and leverage in his 6-2, 228-pound frame gives him plus raw pop that he’s tapping into more often as he improves his plate discipline. He could provide enough offense to possibly profile at an infield corner if he doesn’t stick behind the plate.”

• Saul Garza, LSU, C

Garza, 6-3, 227, played in 50 games in 2019, batting .303 with 10 doubles, five homers and 27 RBI.

Garza, 22, was drafted by the Royals in the 32nd round in ’19.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.