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KC prospect Witt Jr. 'advanced beyond years'

October 17, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 Draft and Royals' No. 1 prospect (per MLB Pipeline), said he learned a lot from his first few months of professional baseball with the Royals. Witt’s overall numbers were not overly impressive in the Arizona

Royals Arizona Fall League updates

October 17, 2019

Eight Royals prospects are participating in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Left-hander Daniel Lynch (No. 3, MLB No. 69), outfielders Kyle Isbel (No. 8) and Brewer Hicklen (No. 15), second baseman Gabriel Cancel (No. 29), left-hander Daniel Tillo (No. 30) and right-handers Trevor Oaks and Tad Ratliff are playing for

Tillo brings newfound consistency to Fall League

October 4, 2019

The jump to Double-A is typically thought of as the toughest leap for a prospect to make. Someone forgot to give Royals lefty Daniel Tillo that memo, even if he did recognize the challenge when he was moved up from the Class A Advanced Carolina League to the Double-A Texas

Pipeline names Royals Prospects of the Year

September 19, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- You’ve heard about Royals pitching prospects Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar, the club's No. 2 and No. 5 prospects per MLB Pipeline. But there is another Royals prospect who has caught the attention of fans and scouts: left-hander Kris Bubic. Bubic, a 22-year-old left-hander who was selected

McBroom's 1st RBI, Soler's 40th HR spark KC

Junis thankful for run support following shaky 2nd inning
September 5, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Ryan McBroom, just acquired on Saturday from the Yankees, delivered his first Major League RBI, which got the Royals rolling en route to a 5-4 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals, who have won four straight, will go for the three-game

Dini makes Royals debut memorable with 1st hit

Catcher promoted from Triple-A with Gallagher landing on IL
August 8, 2019

DETROIT -- The list of Royals players making their Major League debuts continues to grow. Triple-A Omaha catcher Nick Dini, 26, was promoted on Thursday, and he immediately was in the starting lineup for the series opener against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Dini, who is is the 10th Royals

Royals glimpse into their future against Indians

Starling extends hit streak, while young bullpen arms see action
July 27, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Amid the rubble of the Royals’ second straight blowout loss to the Indians -- this one 9-1 on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium -- was the mostly positive performances of four players who seemingly are part of the core of the team’s future: Center fielder Bubba Starling,

Royals add Staumont to bullpen, DFA Peralta

Yost said reliever's clash with Viloria on Friday did not prompt the move
July 20, 2019

CLEVELAND -- On Friday night, Royals reliever Wily Peralta and rookie catcher Meibrys Viloria were clearly not on the same page, as evidenced by Peralta’s numerous steps back off the rubber and two mound visits from Viloria. Then later in the inning, as the Indians were piling on three runs

Starling's bat sparks KC in Keller's fine start

Royals rookie logs first MLB hit, RBI in decisive 2-run 5th
July 13, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- On Friday night, Royals rookie and hometown product Bubba Starling made his Major League debut. On Saturday, Starling, from nearby Gardner, Kan., delivered his first big league hit during a two-run fifth that propelled the Royals to a 4-1 win over the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Starling,

Starling will 'cherish' MLB debut with Royals

July 13, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- As Royals general manager Dayton Moore spoke of prospect Bubba Starling's long road to the Major Leagues, which finally came to fruition on Friday, Moore shared something personal. “Probably the most asked question I’ve ever had in this position since I’ve been here is, ‘When is Bubba

Royals sign No. 5 int’l prospect Erick Pena

July 3, 2019

The Royals may have found their next Carlos Beltran. The club completed a deal with Erick Pena, No. 5 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects list, a prospect who reminds many evaluators of a young Beltran, who was drafted by the Royals in 1995. Pena signed for $3.8 million,

Singer, Bubic will rep Royals in Futures Game

July 2, 2019

TORONTO -- The Royals are sending two of their brightest young prospects to the All-Star Futures Game. Brady Singer, ranked as the club's No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, and No. 8 prospect Kris Bubic will represent the Royals in the prestigious event on Sunday in Cleveland. • SiriusXM All-Star

Here are future All-Stars from AL Central 

June 20, 2019

Next month’s All-Star Game could feature a whole lot of Minnesota Twins and a selection of players from the rest of the American League Central. That’s a reflection of the way the division race has played out. But the AL Central All-Star competition could become a lot more crowded before

10 things to know after Witt Jr. signs with KC

No. 2 overall pick in MLB Draft grateful for his opportunity
June 12, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals signed and introduced shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. Here are 10 things you need to know about Witt: The contract The Royals did not confirm the

No. 2 pick Witt Jr. agrees with Royals (report)

June 9, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals and shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the second overall pick in the MLB Draft, have agreed to terms, per MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The deal reportedly is for the full slot value of $7,789,900. The Royals are not confirming the deal, and generally wait for

Royals go college heavy after taking 5-tool SS

Kansas City starts its MLB Draft with splash by taking Witt Jr.
June 5, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- After going heavy with college pitchers last year -- their first 22 pitchers were all college hurlers -- the Royals came back with 23 college pitchers overall in the 2019 MLB Draft. Of course, those pitchers were taken after Kansas City selected potential five-tool standout Bobby Witt

Royals select plenty of college talent on Day 2

Right-hander Gambrell, infielder Massey among KC's top picks
June 4, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- After selecting Texas high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., with the second overall pick on Monday, the Royals went heavily back to the college ranks -- as they did in 2018 -- on Day 2 of the MLB Draft. Here’s a look at the club's selections for

2nd overall pick gets shoutout from NFL MVP

June 4, 2019

The newest member of the Royals, second-overall selection Bobby Witt Jr., received high praise from Draft expert Jim Callis ... in the form of an NFL comparison. Callis likened Witt to Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, saying the Texas high school shortstop could have the kind of

Royals take SS Witt Jr. with second overall pick

June 4, 2019

KANSAS CITY – As expected, the Royals used their No. 2 pick in the Draft to select Texas high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the son of former Major League pitcher Bobby Witt. Witt, from Colleyville, Texas, hit .489 this year with more home runs (15) than strikeouts (11). •

Is Witt the pick for KC at No. 2?

Royals expected to take best player available with their first selection
June 3, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- As the Royals continue their rebuilding process, they will get plenty of opportunities to get near-ready prospects in this year’s MLB Draft. The Royals had four of the top 40 picks in 2018, and they will have five of the top 109 picks (No. 2, 44, 70,

Yost 'going to enjoy' Draft room on Monday

June 2, 2019

ARLINGTON -- It's impossible to know how many managers will sit in on the proceedings when their front office honchos and scouting gurus work their way through the 2019 MLB Draft, which begins with the first 78 picks on Monday. But Royals skipper Ned Yost said he'll definitely be there

5 things to know about Nicky Lopez's promotion

May 15, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- The much-anticipated promotion from Triple-A Omaha of Royals infielder Nicky Lopez has occurred. Lopez, ranked as the club's No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline, arrived early Tuesday afternoon to Kauffman Stadium and started at second base in the series opener against the Rangers. He is wearing No.

Royals' No. 8 prospect Nicky Lopez gets call

Merrifield moving to outfield to make room for second baseman
May 14, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- After a curious few days in which the Royals said they might not be able to make room for Nicky Lopez on the 25-man roster for perhaps months, they suddenly selected their No. 8 prospect's contract from Triple-A Omaha on Monday. Lopez, 24, was in the lineup

Inbox: Is Barlow capable of starting?

Beat reporter Jeffrey Flanagan answers questions from Kansas City fans
May 13, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals essentially have reached the quarter-mark of the 2019 season, and they remain a bit of a puzzle. Their offense is averaging over a half-run better than in 2018, they are on pace to set a franchise record for triples and challenge the franchise home run

Moore talks Nicky Lopez, Royals overall in 2019

May 11, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Royals general manager Dayton Moore sat down with the beat writers covering the team on Saturday and he discussed some of his observations about the club's performance through the first quarter of the season. And yes, Moore did touch on the Nicky Lopez subject. Lopez, ranked as