by RotoWire Staff
The Royals have selected Isbel with the 94th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft.
Isbel doesn't have much in the way of flashy tools, but is pretty solid across the board, and has a chance to be a solid regular in center field, although it is more likely that he slides to left field or second base. He has a good all-fields approach, and really broke out in his junior season for UNLV, hitting .357/.441/.643 with 14 home runs, six steals (on nine attempts) and a 43:34 K:BB in 238 at-bats.
In pro ball, his hit tool and approach will have to carry him, as he probably won't be a 20-homer threat unless he really sells out. Some scouts have graded him as a plus runner, but that is unlikely to be the case by the time he reaches the majors.
Kyle was ABD's Top Player in the 2015 Grad Class and carried the ABD Bulldogs in their Triple Crown National Championship Win in 2014.