KANSAS CITY -- The Winter Meetings wrapped this week, in virtual form, concluding once again with the Rule 5 Draft.
The Royals had the No. 7 pick this year and did not make a selection. Through the years, the Royals have acquired some valuable talent through the Rule 5 Draft, including Joakim Soria and more recently, staff ace Brad Keller.
Here’s a look through the history of Kansas City’s picks in the Rule 5 Draft:
2019: RHP Stephen Woods Jr.: Woods had a promising Spring Training and was in the conversation to make the 26-man roster before the pandemic shut down baseball. He then had a poor Summer Camp, was offered back to the Rays, and the Royals eventually completed a trade to keep him in the organization.
2017: RHPs Brad Keller, Burch Smith: Keller actually was picked by the Reds from Arizona, then dealt to the Royals. Keller was a tremendous find, becoming the staff ace in Kansas City. Smith was picked by the Mets from Tampa Bay, then dealt to the Royals. Smith appeared in 38 games for the Royals in ’18, posting a 6.92 ERA. Smith drifted around since, with the Brewers, Giants and A’s.
2011: LHP Cesar Cabral: Cabral was selected from the Red Sox organization, but he was immediately dealt to the Yankees.
2010: RHP Nate Adcock: Selected from the Pirates, Adcock pitched two years with the Royals, and in 2012, he had a 2.34 ERA in 12 games before eventually being waived.
2009: LHP Edgar Osuna: He never made it to the big leagues, but he bounced around the Minors and the Mexican League.
2008: LHP Jose Lugo: Selected from the Twins, Lugo never made it to the big leagues.
2006: RHP Joakim Soria: Selected from the Padres, Soria evolved into one of the best closers in Royals history, saving 160 games from 2007-2011.
2005: LHP Fabio Castro: Selected from the White Sox, Castro never made it to the big leagues.
2004: LHP Andy Sisco: Selected from the Cubs, the big 6-foot-10 lefty played two years for the Royals. His best season came in '05 when he posted a 3.11 ERA in 67 games. After a brief stint with the White Sox in '07, he never pitched in the big leagues again.
2003: RHP Jason Szuminski: Selected from the Cubs, Szuminski didn’t make it with the Royals, though he did get a cup of coffee with the Padres in '04.
2001: RHP Miguel Asencio: Taken from the Phillies, Asencio was a hard thrower who struggled with command. But he lasted two years in Kansas City, with a 6-8 record and 5.14 ERA.
2000: OF Endy Chavez: Selected from the Mets, Chavez played one year in Kansas City, hitting .208 in 29 games in '01. But he wound up with a nice 13-year career in the big leagues, playing with the Mets, Nationals, Mariners and others.
1999: 3B Damian Rolls: Taken from the Dodgers, Rolls, a local kid, didn’t work out with the Royals, but he later enjoyed a five-year career with the Rays.
1995: OF Miguel Mejia: Taken from the Orioles, Mejia never made it to the big leagues.
1994: OF Jon Nunnally: Taken from the Indians, Nunnally had a big rookie year in ’95, hitting 15 doubles, six triples and 14 home runs. He played two more years in Kansas City before finishing his career with the Reds, Red Sox and Mets.
1992: LHP Billy Brewer: Taken from the Expos, Brewer was an effective lefty, playing three seasons in K.C., pitching in 144 games and posting a 3.95 ERA.
1989: LHP Bill Wilkinson: Selected from the Pirates, Wilkinson didn’t pan out.
1983: C Orlando Sanchez: Taken from the Cardinals, he played in 10 games in '84 and hit .100.
1982: OF Joe Simpson: Taken from Mariners, Simpson played in 89 games in '83 and hit .168.
1979: INF Manny Castillo: Taken from the Cardinals, Castillo played one year for the Royals in '80 and appeared in seven games.
1973: 1B Tony Solaita: Taken from the Pirates, Solaita hit 23 home runs in three seasons with the Royals.
1971: OF Steve Hovley: Taken from the A’s, Hovley hit five home runs with a .262 average in two years in Kansas City.