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Quad Cities, Peoria compete in charity blood drive

'Out for Blood' winner to be honored ahead of rivals' final series
August 29, 2022

Dave Heller is no stranger when it comes to giving back to the community. As the president of High-A Quad Cities, Heller has helped organize countless community fundraisers, ranging from paying the college tuition for four area students to donating anywhere between $85,000 to $100,000 annually to the local Genesis

Ninth overall pick Cross parks two for Fireflies

Top Royals prospect posts first professional multihomer game
@tylermaun
August 18, 2022

Gavin Cross’ final college season came to an end on June 12, meaning the Virginia Tech product had to wait 35 days until he was selected ninth overall in the 2022 MLB Draft. It was another 18 days until his first professional game. With the waiting over, Cross is making

Photos: 2022 MiLB at Field of Dreams

Look back at the Minors' inaugural evening in Dyersville, Iowa
August 10, 2022

It was another heavenly evening in Iowa on Aug. 9 as Minor League Baseball hosted its first-ever game at the iconic Field of Dreams movie site, showing some of the game's youngest talent at one of its most beloved locations. The memorable afternoon in Dyersville was the first professional game

Getting the call: Omaha’s Jake Eisenberg

Storm Chasers’ broadcaster stepping up for Mets, Royals
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 1, 2022

In the Minors, it’s not just the players and coaches who are grinding toward a big league opportunity. This "Getting the call" series tells the story of Minor League broadcasters receiving their own Major League experience this season. Check out the first edition, featuring Birmingham’s Curt Bloom, here. Next up,

The Show Before the Show: Episode 360

Royals' Pasquantino breaks down hot start, plans for MLB debut
June 3, 2022

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other

Prospect Q&A: Royals left-hander Lacy

No. 65 prospect on mechanical tweaks, learning from ‘The Rookie’
@Gerard_Gilberto
March 16, 2022

After a masterful college career at Texas A&M, left-hander Asa Lacy sputtered in his first professional action with High-A Quad Cities last year. A persistent shoulder issue severely dampened the debut season for the third-ranked Royals prospect. He was shut down in July after posting a 5.19 ERA with 79

Princely trio of sluggers ready to become Royals

No. 3 overall prospect Witt posts regal numbers at upper levels
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 19, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. The Royals are coming ... the Royals are coming! The backbone of Kansas

Quad Cities celebrates High-A Central crown

Four hurlers toss two-hit shutout for club's first title since 2017
@MavalloneMiLB
September 27, 2021

With no margin for error and its season on the brink, High-A Quad Cities managed to keep its championship hopes alive with a walk-off victory on Saturday. There was far less drama a day later, but the celebration proved to be even sweeter. Four hurlers combined on a two-hitter and

2021 MiLB playoffs preview: High-A

Luciano, Eugene travel to Spokane; Hot Rods face 'Hoppers
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 21, 2021

Following the lost season in 2020 and the sweeping changes made throughout Minor League Baseball, representatives from each of the three High-A leagues will go straight to the Finals to decide its 2021 champion with best-of-5 series, starting Tuesday. This is a departure from past procedures, when each of the

Royals’ McBroom recalls wild long ball

Omaha slugger breaks bat on homer, trots bases with handle
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 2, 2021

The box score of Tuesday night’s game between Omaha and Toledo preserves a record of Ryan McBroom’s 25th homer of the season. It was the long ball that vaulted him into a four-way tie for the Triple-A lead and extended the gap for the Storm Chasers in a game they’d

Conine stays step ahead of Melendez in power race

Pensacola outfielder hits his 30th; catcher homers in Omaha debut
@RobTnova24
August 12, 2021

In a race that has traversed three levels with a number of lead changes, Griffin Conine and MJ Melendez continued to duel -- and flex -- for the top spot in the Minor Leagues' home run column this season.

Martinez leads Storm Chasers to win with quality start

Dini, McBroom, Pratto each hit home runs
August 5, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Left-hander Marcelo Martinez tossed 6.1 innings of one-run ball while catcher Nick Dini, right-fielder Ryan McBroom, and first baseman Nick Pratto each hit home runs to lead the Omaha Storm Chasers to a 7-4 win over the Columbus Clippers on Thursday at Huntington Park. Dini gave Martinez

Scouting report: Royals' Asa Lacy

Royals, lucky to have snagged Lacy, see bright future for lefty
@JoshJacksonMiLB
May 11, 2021

MiLB.com's new Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at third-ranked Royals prospect Asa Lacy. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Toolshed: Spring Training camps to watch

Ten groups worth following as top prospects showcase talents
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 24, 2021

Pitchers and catchers have been in Arizona and Florida a while. Position players have officially joined them in earnest. Look around you. It's decidedly spring. To celebrate the official opening of Spring Training and return of full-squad workouts, Toolshed presents 10 camps across the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues that prospect

Mets landing Lee in three-team Benintendi deal

Red Sox get Cordero from Royals, righty Winckowski from Mets
@JoshJacksonMiLB
February 10, 2021

Last year at this time, Khalil Lee was preparing for his first taste of big league Spring Training. On Wednesday, he found out he'll be preparing for his first taste of a whole new system. According to MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand, the 22-year-old outfielder is headed from the Royals

Royals invite Witt, Lynch, Lacy to spring camp

Three Top-100 prospects lead loaded group headed to Arizona
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 5, 2021

It could be a big weekend in Kansas City. After that, KC fans might want to turn their attention toward the youth movement headed to Arizona in a few short weeks. The Royals are bringing Top-100 prospects Bobby Witt Jr., Daniel Lynch and Asa Lacy to Major League Spring Training

2021 Prospect Projections: AL Central rookies

White Sox prepared to pounce again with a little prospect help
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 27, 2021

This is the third in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer 600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for

The Road to The Show™: Daniel Lynch

With increased velocity, four-pitch mix, Royals lefty on the rise
December 7, 2020

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Kansas City Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Even without games, Pratto making strides

Royals No. 12 prospect progresses after disappointing 2019 season
November 11, 2020

After watching dozens of his team’s prospects battle it out all summer at the alternate training site and into the fall at two instructional camps, Royals vice president and assistant general manager of player personnel J.J. Picollo didn’t hesitate when asked which player made the biggest jump. "I think if

State of the System: Kansas City Royals

Kowar, Lynch look to follow lead of fellow hurlers Singer, Bubic
October 28, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. Much was made of the previous generation

Toolshed: 10 most fun callups of 2020 season

Revisiting quick risers, late bloomers who made way to Majors
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 2, 2020

There were 210 Major League debuts (and perhaps still counting) during the 2020 season. This week, Toolshed looks back at the 10 most fun first callups of the 2020 season, listed in chronological order of debut date. To be clear, this isn't focused on how they did in their first

Singer pitches another gem for Royals

Righty tosses six scoreless innings in final start as a prospect
September 17, 2020

Brady Singer looked every bit a top pitching prospect in his final start as one. As he eclipsed his eligibility for inclusion on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list, the No. 57 overall prospect allowed two hits and struck out eight over six innings in the Royals' 4-0 blanking of the

Bubic picks up first Major League win

Royals No. 7 prospect follows Singer with another gem
@jtbloss
September 12, 2020

The Royals’ rotation of the future is looking good -- now. One night after No. 58 overall prospect Brady Singer took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Royals No. 7 prospect Kris Bubic picked up his first Major League win in a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Bubic allowed a career-best

Singer all but unhittable for eight innings

No. 58 overall prospect gives up two-out single in eighth, fans eight
September 10, 2020

In just his ninth Major League start, Brady Singer nearly carved out his name in the record books. He settled for carving his way through the Indians' batting order. The third-ranked Royals prospect carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, allowing a lone single and two walks while striking out

Royals land outfielder Olivares from Padres

Rosenthal traded for No. 20 prospect, player to be named
@jtbloss
August 29, 2020

Edward Olivares made the most of his opportunities in the San Diego system after coming over in a 2018 trade with the Blue Jays. Now he’ll get the chance to do the same after being dealt again. The Padres on Saturday traded the 24-year-old outfielder to the Royals, along with