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Player Profile: Stephen “Drew” Milligan

The Kansas City Royals are World Series Champions and a lot of that has to do with shrewed scouting, headed up by General Manager Dayton Moore and his trusted advisors and staff.

You know about the young talent, the likes of Alex Gordon and Salvador Pérez, that has helped guide the Royals to consecutive pennants and now a World Series title. Of course Gordon and Pérez were unknowns just a few years ago.

What about some of the prospects of today with whom one might not be too familiar?

In this particular case we look at Stephen Milligan, a six-foot-six pitcher, drafted in the 22nd round by the Royals this past June.

A graduate of Delta State University located in Cleveland, Mississippi, Milligan had a decorated college career. As a senior, he led his team with 69 strikeouts, and was second on the team in innings pitched with 69.0. He primarily started his last two seasons in college.

Upon being drafted by the Royals he was assigned to the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Rookie Advanced affiliate to Kansas City. There he accrued a solid stat line including a 1-1 record, was two for two in saves, and pitched to the tune of a 4.07 ERA in 17 games.

When Milligan spoke with our Frank Conti and Elizabeth Devita on our 27 Outs Podcast in October, a question posed to the young pitcher asked when he knew baseball could be a job for himself. He replied “this year.” It was an interesting admission from the pitcher, who explained he realized once he began developing more after his junior season in college that he saw baseball as more of a career possibility.

Milligan would go on to say he’s more of a strikeout pitcher, which fits the Royals 2015 draft mold. Kansas City drafted 20 pitchers, by far the most over any other for the club in 2015.

Stephen admitted he was more comfortable as a starter, and while he’s not opposed to starting or relieving, he started to embrace the role of closing this year for Idaho, noting he liked the excitement that comes with closing out games.

When asked about what he plans to work on over the offseason, Milligan explained from a general aspect that working on his flexibility is the primary plan as he prepares for 2016.

He went on to say he’s excited for spring training and having the opportunity of wearing that Kansas City Royals uniform. Milligan is a tough competitor and, among his personal goals, looks to advance to High-A ball as soon as possible.

This kid is another special prospect to keep your eyes on. He’s in line to be part of the next great group called up to the Kansas City Royals in the not so distant future.

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