#13 Cam Gallagher
Acquired: Drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2011 Amateur Draft
From: Lancaster, PA
The Royals have made a concentrated effort to grab a left hander, short stop and catcher in the first five rounds of the Major League draft (at least that was there stated goal in post draft interviews). In the end the Royals wound up with Pennsylvania high school product Cam Gallagher. Gallagher hails from strong baseball bloodlines and the Royals were confident enough to select him with the 65th overall pick and sign him to an above slot $750K.
As a PA high school catching prospect, Gallagher draws comparisons to Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco. If these comparisons hold true then the Royals would be well advised to proceed with patience. Gallagher has big time potential and if does develop into a Mesoraco clone the Royals got the steal of the draft.
Gallagher is a strong receiver behind the plate and the Royals are extremely confident that he'll stick there. He's got great power potential and could one day hit 20 home runs annually. Gallagher could open the season in Kane County, but it wouldn't be a bad thing if the Royals exercise patience and start him in Idaho Falls instead.
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