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Kansas City ended the run on the mound at No. 5 by taking a local high school outfielder in Bubba Starling. The Royals have had their eye on the star out of Gardner-Edgerton High School in Kansas since he was 14. And, for good reason.
The 6-5, 200-pound Starling is one of the most impressive all-around athletes in the draft and has eye-popping power. He'll now have a difficult decision: Starling has already committed to Nebraska to play quarterback.
"One thing I wouldn't do on this kid is put any limitations on him," said Lonnie Goldberg, Kansas City's director of scouting. "We've seen what he's done on various diamonds and fields."
Anthony Rendon, a slick-fielding and sweet-swinging third baseman from Rice, celebrated his 21st birthday by going sixth overall to Washington. He was hampered by a strained shoulder for most of this season, limiting him to DH -- although he played some second base in the postseason. Still, he hit .327 with six homers and 37 RBIs. Teams also constantly pitched around him, as evidenced by his Division I-leading 80 walks.
"I'm feeling great," Rendon said. "I've got no problems with me right now. I think my injuries only make me stronger as a person."
Two Florida high school shortstops went back-to-back, with Francisco Lindor from Montverde Academy going to Cleveland at No. 8, and Javier Baez from Arlington Country Day to the Chicago Cubs one pick later.
Rounding out the top 10, San Diego took slugger Cory Spangenberg, who played third base for Indian River Junior College in Florida.
Tampa Bay was busy early in the draft, with 12 picks before the third round. With their first selection, at No. 24, the Rays took South Carolina high school righty Taylor Guerrieri.
The last time the Pirates had the top pick in the draft they selected pitcher Bryan Bullington in 2002. They also took pitcher Kris Benson at No. 1 in 1996 and infielder Jeff King in 1986.
"We're working hard to never pick No. 1," Huntington said. "It's a long process. It's not an easy thing to turn around a major league team."
Washington chose slugger Bryce Harper with the first selection last year.
After the first 60 picks were broadcast live from MLB Network studios Monday night, the draft continues by conference call with team representatives on Tuesday for rounds 2-30, and finishes Wednesday with rounds 31-50.
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