June 4, 2011
Tony Pena – 1957 (54)
Kurt Stillwell – 1965 (46)
Did You Know?
Kurt Stillwell was one of the first two amateur players to be represented by reigning baseball uber-agent Scott Boras. Boras himself was a former minor league player that turn to law school and the sports agency business after his on-field career ended. He first represented a couple of his former minor league teammates including relief pitcher Bill Caudill.
Boras delved into representing amateur players entering the MLB Draft in 1983 when his first two clients went #1 and #2 overall. Future Royals pitcher Tim Belcher was the taken #1 overall by the Minnesota Twins and future Royals shortstop Kurt Stillwell was taken #2 by the Cincinnati Reds. Belcher didn’t sign and was later taken #1 overall again in the 1984 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase (now that’s a mouthful) by the New York Yankees.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)