Royals view 14th-round pick as a starter

Royals view 14th-round pick as a starter

KANSAS CITY -- Chase Darhower had a tumultuous collegiate career. He started at the University of Central Florida as a shortstop, but played only seven games. After five games with Northwest Florida State College as a pitcher, he almost left the sport all together.

"I kind of walked away from baseball for a while, but I decided I'm not going to quit," Darhower said. "I started working out by myself."

Darhower said he was actually filling in for a pitcher at Chipola College when the Royals first noticed him. They liked what the saw, selecting the 20-year-old in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday (414th overall).

"Honestly, I haven't pitched a lot," Darhower said. "I've been a position player, a shortstop or third baseman my whole life, but from what they've talked to me about, they said I could be a right-handed pitcher, a starter type."

Darhower said he plans to sign with the Royals this week.

Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.