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First-rounder clubs first professional homer (Aug. 8)
It was a day that Gavin Cross will remember forever.

The No. 9 overall pick of the 2022 Draft clubbed his first professional home run as part of a two-hit day for the Arizona Complex League Royals in their 11-9 loss. The 21-year-old was hot out of the gate with a double to right in his first at-bat of the day, and he followed it up with a solo dinger to right in the third inning to tie the game. While he didn’t record another hit, he walked twice to continue his strong start through his first three professional games.

The outfielder out of Virginia Tech hit .328/.411/.660 with 17 homers, 14 doubles, 50 RBIs and 12 steals in the 2022 college season. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Tresh flexes in first multihomer night (Aug. 4)
Luca Tresh is turning into a hitter to be reckoned with.

The 26th-ranked Royals prospect notched the first multihomer game of his career and drove in four runs to power High-A Quad Cities past visiting Wisconsin, 9-6. Tresh has gone deep four times in his past seven games, equaling his output from the season's first two months.

Drafted in the 17th round out of North Carolina State last year, the 22-year-old is in the midst of a strong first full-season campaign. Tresh is slashing .273/.360/.474 with 30 extra-base hits, 14 homers and 53 RBIs in 78 games for the River Bandits. He's coming off a strong July where he hit .311 with a .952 OPS. -- Michael Avallone

Waters cranks two homers in three-hit game (July 30)
Drew Waters is making a strong impression with Triple-A Omaha.

The No. 8 Royals prospect mashed two home runs in three-hit game in the Storm Chaser's 6-3 victory over Syracuse. This is his first multi-homer game of the season and the second of his career.

The 23-year-old started his night with a leadoff single to right field. In the third inning, Waters hammered a solo drive to center followed by another solo long ball to right in the fifth.

The switch hitter was traded to the Royals' organization, in a deal alongside Andrew Hoffmann and CJ Alexander, from Atlanta in mid-July. Since joining the Storm Chasers, Waters posted a .345/.446/.655 line and collected four home runs in just 14 games. -- Alyssa Gomez

Loftin knocks homer in a four-hit night (July 15)
Nick Loftin had himself a season-high night. 

Kansas City's No. 4 prospect went 4-for-5 in Northwest Arkansas' 9-5 win over Corpus Christi. 

The 23-year-old notched the first hit of the game with a double to left field in the first inning. In his very next at-bat, the center fielder launched a leadoff homer to left in the third for his 11th blast of the season and followed it with another leadoff hit, a double to left in the seventh. His final at-bat led to a single in the eighth. The four hits, four runs and nine total bases were new season-highs. -- Ethan Sands

Eaton homers twice ... again (July 10)
Nate Eaton delivered his second multihomer game in a week.

The Royals No. 29 prospect blasted two homers and plated three RBIs in Triple-A Omaha's 9-6 victory over Toledo.

The 25-year-old drilled both long balls to left field-- a two-run drive in the third and a solo shot in the fifth. Eaton raised his season home run total to 13, and he's posted a .329/.388/.591 slash line since joining the Storm Chasers in May.

Second-ranked Nick Pratto belted a long ball to right-center in the eighth, his second consecutive game with a homer. -- Alyssa Gomez

Eaton's two homers highlight Omaha's record-breaking night (July 4)
Storm Chasers fans received two fireworks shows on Independence Day.

Led by a multi-homer effort from Royals No. 29 prospect Nate Eaton, Triple-A Omaha went deep nine times to set a franchise record in its 20-6 win over Toledo. Six different Storm Chasers homered, with Eaton's pair joined by two from veteran . Kansas City's top-ranked prospect, Nick Pratto, contributed his 14th long ball as well.

Since being promoted from Double-A in late May, Eaton -- a 21st-round pick in 2018 -- is hitting .336 with an even 1.000 OPS and seven home runs in 33 games. -- Jacob Resnick

Michael Massey breaks out, hits three RBI doubles (June 26)
Pitchers were seeing double when Michael Massey was up.

The Royals’ No. 19 prospect has been hot as of late, slashing .348/.392/.609 in the month of June. Massey had his best performance since his callup, going 4-for-5 with three doubles and five RBIs in Triple-A Omaha’s 17-14 win over Columbus.

The 24-year-old started his productive night early, hitting an RBI double to right field in the first inning. Massey was not finished there, producing RBI doubles in back-to-back innings in the fifth and sixth inning.

The 2019 fourth-round pick’s impressive stretch brought his slashing line to .312/.365/.515 on the season. -- Edwin Perez

Moving up: Massey, Gentry earn promotions (June 14)
Second baseman , the Royals’ No. 20 prospect per MLB Pipeline, earned a promotion to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday after posting a .854 OPS across 54 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas to begin the season. Massey, a lefty bat who has unlocked more power the last two years than he showed all through college at Illinois, has crushed nine homers and 15 doubles this season for a .305/.359/.495 slash line. The 24-year-old won a Minor League Gold Glove last year at second base and projects to be an above-average defender there.

Outfielder , the Royals' No. 25 prospect per MLB Pipeline, got the call from High-A Quad Cities to Double-A, where outfielder Seuly Matias went on the seven-day injured list Tuesday. After spending much of 2021 and Spring Training dealing with injuries, Gentry has come back with a bang, posting a .950 OPS across 35 games this season. He has five homers and 23 RBIs, and he’s lowered his strikeout rate (25.7%) this season. Double-A will be a good test for Gentry, and for the Royals -- who will see more of what they have in their third-round Draft pick from 2020.

Pratto drives in five runs for Omaha (June 12)
Nick Pratto only needed two hits to collect a season-high five RBIs.

The second-ranked Royals prospect cranked a three-run homer and a two-run single in Triple-A Omaha’s 10-0 win against Lehigh Valley. On a 2-1 pitch from Iron Pigs righty Joe Gatto in the second, the 23-year-old cranked an opposite-field dinger, his 11th of the season, to extend the Storm Chasers’ lead. An inning later, he drove in two more runs with a two-out single to right, giving him five RBIs in just two frames.

Pratto is slashing .222/.350/.454 on the year with 11 homers, 30 walks and 34 RBIs in 50 games. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Pasquantino homers, doubles for Omaha (June 11)
Vinnie Pasquantino powered his way to the top of the circuit again. The fourth-ranked Royals prospect went yard for his league-leading 17th dinger and added a double in Triple-A Omaha's 4-3 loss to Lehigh Valley at Werner Park.

The 24-year-old launched a game-tying solo blast to right in the fourth inning. He followed that up with a ground-rule double to left to lead off the seventh before scampering home to score the Storm Chasers' second run on a Freddy Fermin single.

Pasquantino has six hits over his last four games with a pair of dingers, a double, five runs scored and four RBIs in that span. -- Rob Terranova

Mozzicato delivers solid start for Columbia (June 4)
It was a deceptively good outing for Frank Mozzicato.

The Royals’ No. 6 prospect has been brought along slowly in his first four professional outings. The trend continued for the 18-year-old, but make no mistake, it was one of his better performances -- he gave up no hits, but was charged with two runs allowed across 3 1/3 innings in Single-A Columbia’s 6-2 loss to Salem.

Mozzicato was dealing from the start, as he retired 10 straight batters. His lone blemishes came in the fourth inning, where he walked back-to-back batters, which led to him being pulled and both runners coming around to score, affecting his final line.

The No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 Draft has shown his value, as this marks four straight outings with three or fewer hits and an opponents' average of .200 against him this season. -- Edwin Perez

Parrish called up to Triple-A after stellar May (June 3)
Drew Parrish
, the Royals’ No. 27 prospect, had a 0.59 May ERA in five starts for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas and was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Month. Parrish allowed just 15 hits over 30 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs and four walks while striking out 29. He held batters to just a .144 average and didn’t allow a homer over that stretch.

Parrish has started a league-high-tying 10 games this season and has given up 13 earned runs over 55 innings. The 24-year-old leads the Texas League in innings pitched and is tied for eighth in strikeouts with 48. -- Avery Osen

Pasquantino crushes hat trick for Storm Chasers (May 31)
Not one, not two ... make that three straight games with a home run for Vinnie Pasquantino.

The fourth-ranked Royals prospect connected on a 2-2 fastball in the seventh inning for a game-tying solo blast that helped lift Triple-A Omaha to a 2-1 victory over Indianapolis.

The 24-year-old has clubbed 15 homers this season and is sporting a .304/.395/.679 slash line in 47 games with the Storm Chasers. -- Rob Terranova

Pasquantino stays red-hot with Omaha (May 30)
It feels like Vinnie Pasquantino is the hottest hitter on the planet right now.

The No. 4 prospect collected two more hits -- a homer and a triple -- and drove in four in Triple-A Omaha’s 11-1 win over Louisville. On a 3-2 pitch in the first frame, Pasquantino launched a two-run homer to right, his 14th on the year and his sixth in 10 games, to get the Storm Chasers on the board. Three frames later, the 24-year-old put the capper on a five-run inning with a two-run triple to right to push Omaha’s lead to 7-0.

It’s been an amazing past 10 games for the 2019 11th-round Draft pick, posting a .450/.477/1.075 slash line with 12 extra-base hits, 21 RBIs, three walks and 43 total bases over that span.

Second-ranked prospect Nick Pratto had a good game in his own right, launching a moonshot to center for his ninth homer of the year and singling as part of a two-RBI day. -- Stephanie Sheehan