Murdock makes it official with Royals

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Noah Murdock is now officially a member of the Royals organization, signing his contract Sunday night.

Kansas City made the right-hander the No. 199 overall selection, taking Murdock in the seventh round of last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Murdock pitched a full season in a UVA uniform for the first time in 2019, after an arm injury forced him to miss the last month of his freshman season and the first half of his sophomore year. He set new career highs this spring in appearances (14), innings pitched (74 1/3) and strikeouts (69).

Murdock struggled in his final three starts after the Wahoos returned from exams break, going 0-2 with a 12.34 ERA in 11 2/3 innings pitched. He finished the season 3-6 with a 6.30 ERA.

The right-hander is reportedly receiving a $230.500 signing bonus from the Royals.

Murdock joins Daniel Lynch as Virginia pitchers in the Royals organization thanks to the last two drafts. Lynch is currently pitching in High-A Wilmington.