J.J. Picollo

J.J. Picollo is in his 9th full season with the Royals and second as the Assistant General Manager of Scouting & Player Development. Originally from the Atlanta Braves organization, where he served as the Director of Minor League Operations, Picollo is a former professional catcher (Yankees system) and a graduate of George Mason University. He recently joined Dave O to talk about SEVERAL “under the radar” prospects currently in the Royals organization but also, a profile of his life in baseball, from playing under Coach Dayton Moore at GMU to catching in the minor leagues, how he later became a scout with Atlanta and loads more. Extremely interesting chat for ANY baseball fan. (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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Brandon Finnegan

Brandon Finnegan is in his second season at the Big League level after becoming the first player in baseball history to pitch in both the College World Series and MLB World Series in the same year. Drafted by the Royals with their 1st pick in the 2014 draft (17th overall), the 5-11 southpaw appeared in seven post-season games in 2014, including two during the Fall Classic. He became just the 5th player in MLB history to earn his first win in the playoffs (Game 2 of the ALDS). Brandon recently joined Dave O to discuss plenty of baseball but also shoes, tattoos, music and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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2015 Draft Pick Series: Alex Luna

Alex Luna was selected by the Royals in the 10th round (309th pick overall) of the 2015 MLB Draft out of UAB. A 6-5 right-hander, Luna fought through a case of mono this past spring to post a 3-3 record and 3.44 ERA. That came on the heels of a tremendous junior season in which Luna went 7-1 with an ERA of 1.76 en route to becoming a 2014 All-Conference USA Second Team selection. Luna’s 3.63 career ERA ranks 4th all-time at UAB. He recently joined Dave O to talk about having Tommy John surgery as a high school junior, fighting through his senior season at UAB with mono, how a big order of Royals hats are on their way to Huntsville, Alabama and lots more! (Photo Courtesy UAB SID)

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2015 Draft Pick Series: Andre Davis

Andre Davis was selected by the Royals in the 8th round (249th pick overall) of the 2015 MLB Draft yesterday out of the University of Arkansas at Pine  Bluff. A 6-6, 225 pound left handed pitcher, Davis was a 2015 First Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference performer based on his work at first base (.364/6/39) and out of the bullpen (2-2, 2.28, 35 K/27.2 IP). Andre recently joined Dave O to talk about how he’d only thrown ONE INNING in college prior to this year, how he never in a million years thought being drafted as possible before this spring, how completely giddy he is to report to Surprise and tons more! (Photo Courtesy University of Arkansas Pine Bluff SID)

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2015 Draft Pick Series: Anderson Miller

Anderson Miller was selected by the Royals in the 3rd round (98th pick overall) of the 2015 MLB Draft yesterday out of Western Kentucky University. The 6-3 lefty center fielder hit leadoff for WKU this season and was named a First-Team All-Conference selection after being at or near the top of the league in many categories, including home runs (12), walks (41) and on-base percentage (.419). Miller joined Dave O less than 24 hours after being selected to introduce himself to Royals Nation and talk about his excitement over joining the KC organization, potentially hitting up Trevor Vance to become a grounds crew intern, how an injury his freshman year of college ended up being a blessing and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Western Kentucky University SID)

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2015 Draft Pick Series: Joey Markus

Joey Markus was selected by the Royals in the 9th round (279th pick overall) of the 2015 MLB Draft yesterday out of Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, Florida). A 6-6, 230 pound southpaw, Markus is originally from DeLand, Florida and didn’t begin pitching until the last two years. Joey is beyond excited to become a Royal and recently joined Dave O to talk about the craziness of the last 24 hours – including no sleep – how the Royals first found him, how they’ve been his favorite team even before they drafted him and much more! (Photo Courtesy Joey Markus)

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Malcom Culver

Malcom Culver was drafted by the Royals in the 8th round of the 2008 June Amateur Draft and chose to sign with Kansas City over playing football and baseball at San Diego State. The winner of the Mike Sweeney Award this year, Culver has twice represented the Royals in the Arizona Fall League (2012 and 2013) and currently pitches for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals after trying his hand as an infielder in the Royals system from 2008-2010. Malcom recently joined Dave O and talked about choosing baseball over football, why the Royals moved him from the infield to the mound, a detailed description of his pitching arsenal and much more! (Photo Courtesy John Owen/Northwest Arkansas Naturals)

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Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks has pitched in Kansas City during each of the past two seasons and brings to KC a resume that includes being “Pitcher of the Year” two times during his minor league stints (Omaha, 2014; Northwest Arkansas, 2013). A 9th round selection of the Royals in the 2011 June Amateur Draft, Brooks is known for his ability to eat innings while possessing pinpoint control. He recently joined Dave O to talk about how “pitching with conviction” has taken his career to the next level throughout the last year, how he handled and got over the heart break last season in his start at Toronto, how good it felt rebounding against the Yankees on Saturday and lots more, including a detailed look at his growth from high school to today! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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Andrew Edwards

Andrew Edwards was selected by the Royals in the 19th round of the 2013 June Amateur Draft out of Western Kentucky University. A 6-6 right hander, Edwards has spent the past two summers pitching for Burlington, Lexington and Wilmington, where he begins the 2015 campaign. He recently joined Dave O to talk about his sudden increase in velocity after working out with Sean Manaea and Tripp Davis, the bus trip with Lexington that turned into the worst night of his life, his favorite current pitcher to watch (who is in KC) and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Beth Mallard, Lexington, KY)

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Dominique Taylor

Dominique Taylor was a 15th round selection of the Royals in the 2013 June Amateur Draft out of UC Irvine. A 6-1 outfielder with multiple plus tools, Taylor has begun his minor league career by hitting over .300 at both of his first two stops, including an appearance in the 2014 Sally League All-Star game (where he was the MVP). Taylor recently joined Dave O to talk about many of his Wilmington teammates, the game he and his Father would play growing up that helped him sharpen his baseball skills, the old school rap Dave O found from Taylor online, the cool story of how he met his girlfriend and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Lexington Legends)

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