The Kansas City Royals selected Texas A&M LHP Asa Lacy with the 4th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. Lacy was one of the most dominate SEC pitchers over his 3 year career and has a high ceiling. Most people thought Lacy would be a top 3 pick. However, he fell to 4 where the Royals picked him. Asa Lacy hopefully be a household name in a few years. But for now, lets get to know Asa Lacy.
High School Career
Lacy attended Tivy High School in Kerville, Texas. In his senior season, he went 13-1 with a 0.93 ERA. He also had 128 strikeouts in 97 innings. Lacy was selected in 2017 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st round. He obviously decided to attend Texas A&M University.
Texas A&M Career
During his freshman year, Lacy was mainly out of the bullpen. The lefty only started 2 games his freshman season in 2018. He appeared in 23 games, going 3–1 with a 2.75 ERA and 48 strikeouts. However, during his sophomore year he started in all of his games. In his 15 starts, he went 8-4 with with a 2.13 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 88.2 innings. After his sophomore season, Lacy played for the US Collegiate National Team.
As Lacy entered his junior year in 2020, he was noted as one of the best pitchers in college baseball. Due to the college baseball season being cut short due to the spread of COVID-19. Lacy only made 4 starts. But, during those 4 starts, Lacy went 3-0 with 0.75 ERA. He also had 46 strikeouts while only allowing 8 walks in 24 innings. Lacy averaged around 2 strikeouts per inning during those 4 starts.
More on Lacy
Asa Lacy stands at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, has been dominant throughout his career at A&M, posting a 2.07 ERA with 224 strikeouts and 68 walks over 152 innings spanning 42 appearances with a record of 14-5. Many expected him to be selected by the Miami Marlins with the 3rd pick, however, they selected Minnesota RHP Max Meyer.
With this pick, the Royals continue to stack pitching prospects. They now add Lacy’s name along with other pitchers like Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar, Kris Bubic, and others. The last time the Royals picked 4th overall they selected IF Christian Colon in 2010. Lots of people say Asa Lacy has the tools to become a future ace in a few years.
As we get to know Asa Lacy, we know that he has four pitches including a very good slider that gives him three pitches that many scouts like. His fastball is easily his best pitch and it reaches the upper 90s. He does have a changeup but he could need some more work according to a few scouts but he seems to have the tools to be a ace in Major League Baseball.
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