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3.86 Kansas City Royals - Mike Antonio, SS, George Washington HS (NY)

The Royals spent the 86th overall pick on Mike Antonio.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Mike Antonio   Position: SS   School: George Washington HS   State: NY   Height: 6’2’’   Weight: 180

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 10/26/91   Seiler Rating: 2C1   Commitment: St. John’s

Mike Antonio is a solidly-built infielder from the Bronx. Just in case you don’t know this already, that’s where a team called the Yankees play. Oh, and the school that Antonio attends put out some guy named Manny Ramirez. Getting back to Antonio, he easily rates as the best New York City prospect in this draft class. At the plate, he is still developing what his style of execution is going to be. At the moment, his body is more that of a leadoff hitter’s, and he has average to above-average speed, so he could fit in that mold if he wanted to. However, he still has good projection, and if he adds enough strength, he could conceivably turn into a hitter with solid power numbers. How he develops physically will dictate that, but the consensus is that he’s probably more of a number two hitter; one with solid athleticism, but not enough speed to leadoff and not enough pop to bat in the middle third. Defensively, he has solid actions and should be an average shortstop if he doesn’t fill out too much and lose range. He has an average arm, and could move to third base if needed, though second base is probably the better option for him both offensively and defensively- but he could get too big for that spot, too. He should be signable in the top seven rounds, and I project him as a third to fifth round prospect and a solid sign.