Kansas City Royals minor league players

Below is a partial list of minor league baseball players in the Kansas City Royals system.

Scott Blewett

Scott Blewett
Scott Blewett 001
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: April 10, 1996 (age 23)
Baldwinsville, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Scott Thomas Blewett (born April 10, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Blewett attended Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, New York.[1] He committed to play college baseball at St. John's University.[2] As a senior, he was the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for New York.[3] Blewett was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.[4][5] He signed for $1.8 million.[6]

After signing, Blewett made his professional debut with the Burlington Royals, going 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA in eight games (seven starts). He played 2015 and 2016 with the Lexington Legends, posting a 3-5 record with a 5.20 ERA over 18 starts in 2015 and an 8-11 record with a 4.31 ERA in 25 starts in 2016, and 2017 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks,[7] where he went 7-10 with a 4.07 ERA in a career high ​152 23innings pitched, making 27 starts.[8] He spent the 2018 season with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, going 8-6 with a 4.79 ERA in 26 games (25 starts).

The Royals added Blewett to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[9] He began 2019 with the Omaha Storm Chasers.[10]

Foster Griffin

Foster Griffin
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: July 27, 1995 (age 24)
Orlando, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Left

Fred Foster Griffin (born July 27, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Griffin was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft out of The First Academy.[11][12][13] He signed on June 10,[14] and was assigned to the Burlington Royals, where he posted a 3.21 ERA in 28 innings pitched. Griffin spent 2015 with the Lexington Legends where he went 4-6 with a 5.44 ERA. In 2016, Griffin split time between Lexington and the Wilmington Blue Rocks, where he posted a combined 6-4 record and a 5.43 ERA between the two teams. He spent 2017 with both the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals where he went a combined 15-7 with a 3.35 ERA between both clubs,[15] and 2018 back with the Naturals where he pitched to a 10-12 record with a 5.13 ERA in 28 games (26 starts).[16] He began 2019 with the Omaha Storm Chasers. He began 2019 with the Omaha Storm Chasers.[17]

Arnaldo Hernández

Arnaldo Hernández
Kansas City Royals – No. 39
Pitcher
Born: February 9, 1996 (age 23)
San Felix, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Arnaldo Jose Hernández (born February 9, 1996) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

The Royals added him to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[9]

Khalil Lee

Khalil Lee
Kansas City Royals
Outfielder
Born: June 26, 1998 (age 21)
Newark, Delaware
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Khalil Rashad Lee (born June 26, 1998) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Lee graduated from Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia, where he played on their baseball team as both a pitcher and outfielder. As a senior, he pitched to a 7-0 record with a 0.33 ERA, striking out 87 in 43 innings pitched, along with batting .471 with six home runs, 23 RBIs, a .634 OPB and a .941 OPS. He was named the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for the state of Virginia.[18]

Lee was committed to play baseball at Liberty University.[19] However, after he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, he chose to sign with the Royals for $579,700[20] rather than attended college. The Royals chose to assign him to the Arizona League Royals as an outfielder,[21] and in 49 games, he batted .269 with six home runs, 29 RBIs, 43 runs scored, and eight triples along with an .880 OPS. He spent 2017 with the Lexington Legends and posted a .237 batting average with 17 home runs, 61 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and a .344 OBP in 121 games.[22] In a July 2017 game with the Legends, Lee set a professional baseball record for strikeouts in a single game, striking out eight times in a 21-inning game against the Delmarva Shorebirds.[23][24]

MLB.com ranked Lee as Kansas City's top prospect going into the 2018 season.[25] He began the season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, with whom he was named a Carolina League All-Star,[26] and was promoted to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in June. In 100 games between the two clubs, he batted .263 with six home runs and 51 RBIs.[27] He returned to Northwest Arkansas to begin 2019, earning Texas League All-Star honors.[28]

Daniel Lynch

Daniel Lynch
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: November 17, 1996 (age 22)
Henrico, Virginia
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Daniel A. Lynch (born November 17, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Lynch played baseball at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico, Virginia. As a junior, he compiled a 0.97 ERA.[29] After high school, he enrolled at the University of Virginia where he played for the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team.[30] During his freshman year at Virgnia, he appeared in 13 games with nine starts and went 1–3 with a 5.49 earned run average (ERA) and 37 strikeouts. As a sophomore, he made 14 starts, going 7–5 with a 5.00 ERA with 45 strikeouts. The following summer, he pitched for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League, making six starts and posting a 4-0 record with a 2.04 ERA and 25 strikeouts. During his junior season, Lynch went 4-4 over the course of 13 starts with a 3.96 ERA and 105 strikeouts.[31]

The Kansas City Royals selected Lynch with the 34th overall pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.[32] He signed with the Royals on June 10, 2018 for $1.7 million.[33] He made his professional debut with the Burlington Royals of the Rookie-level Appalachian League[34] before being promoted to the Lexington Legends of the Class A South Atlantic League. In 12 starts between the two clubs, he went 5-1 with a 1.58 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.[35]

Lynch began 2019 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League and was named a Carolina League All-Star midway through the season.[36][37]

Seuly Matias

Seuly Matias
Kansas City Royals
Outfielder
Born: September 4, 1998 (age 20)
La Isabela, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Seuly Matias (born September 4, 1998) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Matias signed with the Kansas City Royals as an international free agent in July 2015.[38] He spent his first professional season in 2016 with the Dominican Summer League Royals and Arizona League Royals, batting a combined .235/.333/.439 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 53 total games between both clubs.

In 2017, Matias played for the Burlington Royals where he hit .243 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 57 games,[39] and in 2018 he played with the Lexington Legends[40][41][42] where he batted .231 with 31 home runs and 63 RBIs in 94 games,[43] earning South Atlantic League All-Star honors.[44]

Matias began 2019 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.[36]

Erick Mejia

Erick Mejia
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Kansas City Royals – No. 79
Infielder
Born: November 9, 1994 (age 24)
Villa Mella, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Erick Mejia is a professional baseball infielder in the Kansas City Royals organization. He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Seattle Mariners on June 30, 2012 and then traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Joe Wieland on January 12, 2016. He was a post-season all-star with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2016 when he hit .287 in 124 games.

On January 4, 2018, Mejia was traded to the Kansas City Royals in a three team trade that also sent Jake Peter and Scott Alexander to the Dodgers, Joakim Soria and Luis Avilán to the Chicago White Sox and Trevor Oaks to the Royals.[45]

MJ Melendez

MJ Melendez
Kansas City Royals
Catcher
Born: November 29, 1998 (age 20)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Mervyl S. Melendez (born November 29, 1998) is an American professional baseball catcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Melendez attended St. James School in Montgomery, Alabama for three years before transferring to Westminster Christian School in Palmetto Bay, Florida for his senior year. He was a member of the United States national team in 2016.[46] He committed to play college baseball at Florida International University.[47] After his senior year, the Kansas City Royals selected him in the second round, 52nd overall, of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[48] He signed with Kansas City for $2.1 million.[49]

After signing, Melendez made his professional debut with the Arizona League Royals where he posted a .262 batting average with four home runs and thirty RBIs over 47 games.[50] He spent 2018 with the Lexington Legends, slashing .251/.322/.492 with 19 home runs and 73 RBIs in 111 games,[51] earning South Atlantic League All-Star honors.[52] Melendez began 2019 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks[36] and was named a Carolina League All-Star.[53]

Melendez's father, Mervyl Melendez, is the head coach of the Florida International Panthers baseball team.[54]

Kevin Merrell

Kevin Merrell
Kansas City Royals
Shortstop
Born: December 14, 1995 (age 23)
Odessa, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Kevin Custer Merrell (born December 14, 1995) is an American professional baseball shortstop in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Merrell was on the Citrus Park team that advanced to the 2008 Little League World Series. He attended Steinbrenner High School. In 2014, as a senior, he hit .462.[55] He was not drafted in the 2014 MLB draft and he then enrolled at the University of South Florida where he played college baseball.[56][57] In 2017, Merrell's junior year, he slashed .384/.464/.569 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 52 games. After the season, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[58]

Merrell signed with Oakland and was assigned to the Vermont Lake Monsters where he batted .320 with two home runs, nine RBIs, and a .786 OPS in 31 games.[59] He spent 2018 with the Stockton Ports, with whom he was named a California League All-Star, slashing .267/.308/.326 with 24 RBIs in 62 games.[60] He began 2019 with the Midland RockHounds.[61]

On July 14, 2019, Merrell was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Homer Bailey.[62] Following the trade, he was assigned to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.[63]

Blake Perkins

Blake Perkins
Kansas City Royals
Outfielder
Born: September 10, 1996 (age 22)
Litchfield Park, Arizona
Bats: Switch Throws: Right

Blake Alexander Perkins (born September 10, 1996) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Kansas City Royals organization.

The Washington Nationals drafted Perkins in the second round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft out of Verrado High School in Buckeye, Arizona. He was the 69th overall selection.[64] Although an Arizona State University Sun Devils commit, Perkins chose to sign with the Nationals for an $800,000 bonus.[65]

After signing, Perkins made his professional debut with the GCL Nationals where he hit .211 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 49 games. He spent a majority of 2016 with the Auburn Doubledays, slashing .233/.318/.281 with one home run, 16 RBIs, and ten stolen bases in 59 games. He also played in seven games for the Hagerstown Suns at the end of the season.[66] In 2017, Perkins was Hagerstown's starting center fielder and usual leadoff hitter, sharing an outfield with the likes of top Nationals prospects Juan Soto and Daniel Johnson.[67]

Perkins was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Nationals' 11th-best prospect entering the 2018 season, in which he started the year with the Potomac Nationals.[68] After batting .234 with one home run, 21 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases through 65 games at the new level,[69] during the Carolina League All-Star Break, Perkins was traded to the Kansas City Royals as part of a prospect package for Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera on June 18, 2018.[70] He was assigned to the Wilmington Blue Rocks. In 64 games for the Blue Rocks, he batted .240 with two home runs, 18 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases.[66] He returned to the Blue Rocks to begin 2019.

Ashe Russell

Ashe Russell
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: August 28, 1996 (age 22)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Ashelee "Ashe" Brenton Russell (born August 28, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Russell attended in Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for Indiana both his junior and senior seasons.[71][72] As a sophomore, he went 12–1 with a 1.23 earned run average (ERA) with 101 strikeouts and as a junior he was 8–1 with a 0.88 ERA and 74 strikeouts.[73] In 2015, his senior year, he went 5-1 with a 0.63 ERA.[74] He committed to play college baseball at Texas A&M University.[75]

Russell was selected by the Kansas City Royals as the 21st overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.[76] Russell signed with the Royals,[77] and was assigned to the Burlington Royals, where he posted a 4.21 ERA in 36.1 innings pitched. Russell only played two games in 2016 for the AZL Royals, compiling a 9.00 ERA in those two games,[78] before deciding to take a leave of absence from the game.[79]

Edward Salcedo

Edward Salcedo
Kansas City Royals
Third baseman / Outfielder
Born: July 30, 1991 (age 28)
La Vega, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Edward Starlin Salcedo (born July 30, 1990) is a Dominican third baseman in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Salcedo signed with the Atlanta Braves on February 23, 2010, to a minor league contract. His $1.6 million signing bonus is the largest the Braves have ever given to an international prospect. The Braves say they regard the 6-foot-3 Salcedo as a first-round talent who is projected as a strong offensive and defensive player. He was named the 9th best Atlanta Braves prospect according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.[80] Salcedo's playing career was delayed due to suspicions about his valid age. He was once considered the top international prospect back in 2007 and was offered a $2.7 million signing bonus by the Cleveland Indians but was voided by the United States government due to his age.[81]

On January 13, 2014, he was invited to spring training. The Braves traded Salcedo to the Pirates for Bryton Trepagnier on February 5, 2015.[82] He was traded to the Kansas City Royals in August 2015.[83]

Gabe Speier

Gabe Speier
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: April 12, 1995 (age 24)
Santa Barbara, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Gabriel James Speier (born April 12, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals organization.

Speier attended Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California. The Boston Red Sox selected Speier in the 19th round of the 2013 MLB draft and he signed.[84]

After signing, Speier pitched four innings for the GCL Red Sox in 2013. He returned there in 2014 where he went 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA in nine games (six starts). On December 11, 2014, the Red Sox traded Speier with Yoenis Céspedes and Alex Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello. He spent the 2015 season with the West Michigan Whitecaps[85] where he compiled a 4-2 record and 2.86 ERA in 33 relief appearances.

On November 20, 2015, the Tigers traded Speier and Ian Krol to the Atlanta Braves for Cameron Maybin.[86] He was then traded again on December 9, 2015; the Braves traded him and Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte, and Aaron Blair.[87] He spent 2016 with the Kane County Cougars, AZL Diamondbacks, Visalia Rawhide, and Mobile BayBears, pitching to a combined 4-2 record, 2.62 ERA, and 1.20 WHIP in 39 appearances out of the bullpen. In 2017, he pitched for the Jackson Generals, collecting a 2-6 record and 4.30 ERA in 69 innings pitched.[88]

On June 6, 2018, the Diamondbacks traded Speier and Elvis Luciano to the Kansas City Royals for Jon Jay.[89] He was then assigned to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. In 46 relief appearances between the two teams, he went 1-0 with a 3.39 ERA. He began the 2019 season with Northwest Arkansas before being promoted to the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Speier is the nephew of Chris Speier.[85]

Chase Vallot

Chase Vallot
Kansas City Royals
Catcher
Born: August 21, 1996 (age 22)
Youngsville, Louisiana
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Chase Anthony Vallot (born August 21, 1996) is an American professional baseball catcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Vallot attended St. Thomas More School in Lafayette, Louisiana. As a senior, he hit .545 with 13 home runs and 60 runs batted in.[90] He won numerous awards that year including Louisiana's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year and Farm Bureau-Louisiana Sports Writers Association Mr. Baseball.[91][92][93] He was also named the Louisville Slugger Player of the Year.[94] During his career he hit .456 with 25 home runs in 65 games.[95]

Vallot was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 40th overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.[96][97] Vallot signed with the Royals, and was assigned to the Burlington Royals, where he posted a .215 batting average with seven home runs and 27 RBIs. In 2015, he played for the Lexington Legends, posting a .219 batting average with 13 home runs and forty RBIs, and in 2016, he returned to Lexington, where he improved, batting .235 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs. In 2017, he played for the Wilmington Blue Rocks where he slashed .231/.380/.438 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs in 89 games.[98]

Vallot spent the 2018 season with both Wilmington and the Idaho Falls Chukars, batting .184 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 84 games between the two clubs.[99] He began 2019 with Lexington.

Nolan Watson

Nolan Watson
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: January 25, 1997 (age 22)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Nolan Michael Watson is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

At the time of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, Watson was 5–1 for Lawrence North High School, with an 0.63 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings. Prior to the draft, he was ranked 56th by Baseball America's annual rankings of prospects. He committed to play college baseball for the Vanderbilt Commodores.[100] After his senior year, the Kansas City Royals selected Watson with the 33rd overall pick in the draft. He signed for $1,825,200.[101]

After signing, Watson was assigned to the Burlington Royals, going 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 starts. Watson spent 2016 with the Lexington Legends where he posted a 3-11 record, a 7.57 ERA, and a 1.75 WHIP over 24 starts. In 2017, he returned to Lexington, appearing in 15 games (13 starts) where he pitched to a 1-10 record with a 6.78 ERA,[102] and in 2018, he played for both Lexington and the Wilmington Blue Rocks, pitching to a combined 10-10 record with a 5.24 ERA in 24 total starts between both teams.[103] He began 2019 with Wilmington.

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  • 35 Scott Blewett
  • 53 Jacob Bodner
  • -- Andrew Edwards
  • 27 Pedro Fernandez
  • 14 Foster Griffin
  • 18 Jake Kalish
  • 28 Zach Lovvorn
  • 57 Yunior Marte
  • 38 Jake Newberry
  • 23 Emilio Ogando
  • 15 Corey Ray
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  • 17 Sam Selman
  • 41 Walker Sheller
  • 29 Glenn Sparkman
  • 38 Franco Terrero

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  • 11 Nick Dini
  • 12 Luis Villegas

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  • -- Darryl Kennedy

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  • 45 Nolan Becker
  • 37 Anthony Bender
  • 29 Bryan Brickhouse
  • 46 Justin Camp
  • 43 Christian Castillo
  • -- Gabe Cramer
  • 14 Gerson Garabito
  • 27 Grant Gavin
  • 28 Ofreidy Gomez
  • 31 Arnaldo Hernandez
  • 40 Jared Ruxer
  • 39 Vance Tatum
  • 19 Jose Veras
  • 38 Jace Vines
  • 41 Matthew Wynne

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  •  7 D. J. Burt
  • 12 Gabriel Cancel
  • 11 Angelo Castellano
  • 34 Chris DeVito
  • 26 Emmanuel Rivera

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  • 19 Brandon Downes
  •  3 Nick Heath
  • 24 Khalil Lee
  •  4 Rudy Martin
  • 16 Kort Peterson

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  • 11 Andrew Beckwith
  • 22 Sal Biasi
  • 26 Holden Capps
  • 33 Zach Haake
  • 16 Jacob Condra-Bogan
  •  8 Yefri Del Rosario
  • 27 Carlos Hernandez
  • 12 Danny Hrbek
  • 13 Janser Lara
  • 31 Charlie Neuweiler
  • 34 Tad Ratliff
  • -- Ashe Russell
  • 40 Collin Snider
  • 14 Andres Sotillet
  • 18 Garrett Suchey

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  •  2 Ricky Aracena
  • 21 Dennicher Carrasco
  •  6 Matt Morales
  •  1 Manny Olloque
  • 15 Cristian Perez
  • 30 Nick Pratto

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  • 24 Marten Gasparini
  • -- Michael Gigliotti
  • 28 Brewer Hicklen
  •  9 Cal Jones
  • 25 Seuly Matias

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  • 19 Randy Acevedo
  • -- Derrick Adams
  • 57 Luis Alcantara
  • 16 Austin Cox
  • 26 Jose De Leon
  • 9 Josh Dye
  • 23 Emmanuel Estevez
  • 44 Yerelmy Garcia
  • 37 Kelvin Gonzalez
  • 24 Kyle Hinton
  • 41 Bryar Johnson
  • 38 Austin Lambright
  • 32 Elvis Luciano
  • 25 Daniel Lynch
  • 47 Ismael Maldonado
  • 33 Charlie Neuweiler
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  • 17 Malcolm Van Buren
  • 28 Marlin Willis

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  • 49 Freddy Fermin
  • 27 Chris Hudgins

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  • 15 Dalton Griffin
  •  7 Jeison Guzman
  •  4 Jose Marquez
  •  2 Angel Medina
  •  8 Rafael Romero
  • 29 Colby Schultz

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  •  6 Montae Bradshaw
  • 21 Isaiah Henry
  • -- Jackson Lueck
  • 55 Juan Carlos Negret
  • -- ismaldo Rodriguez

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  • -- Derrick Adams
  • 32 Jonathan Bowlan
  • 26 J.C. Cloney
  • -- Dillon Drabble
  • 33 C.J. Eldred
  • 40 Jordan Floyd
  • 36 Robert Garcia
  • 34 Tyler Gray
  • 24 Stephen Greenlees
  • 51 Jon Heasley
  • 28 Jaret Hellinger
  • 22 Jackson Klein
  • 25 Joey Markus
  • 45 Christopher Marte
  • 23 Connor Mayes
  • 21 Michael Messier
  • 15 Domingo Pena
  • 29 Jose Ramirez
  • 35 Nathan Webb

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  • 31 Jesus Atencio
  •  7 Brady Cox
  •  8 Nathan Eaton
  • 30 Nick Hutchins

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  •  0 Offerman Collado
  • 12 Julio Gonzalez
  •  9 Kyle Kasser
  • 19 Reed Rohlman

Outfielders

  •  6 Jose Caballero
  •  4 Kyle Isbel
  •  2 Tyler James
  •  1 Andres Martin
  • -- Isaiah Smith

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  • 11 Omar Ramirez

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  • 36 Randy Acevedo
  • 29 Jose De Leon
  • 23 Emmanuel Estevez
  • -- Darwin Feliz
  • 50 Kelvin Gonzalez
  • 63 Stephen Greenlees
  • 45 Bryar Johnson
  • 59 Jackson Klein
  • 39 Ismael Maldonado
  • 62 Charlie Neuweiler
  • 35 Ashe Russell
  • 21 Mitchell Schulewitz
  • 46 Jackson Sigman
  •  8 Evan Steele
  • 38 Gustavo Tejada
  • 33 Malcolm Van Buren
  • 28 Marlin Willis

Catchers

  • 12 Brady Cox
  •  2 Josh Lovelady

Infielders

  • 14 Tyler James
  •  9 Angel Medina
  • -- Manny Olloque
  •  1 Cristian Perez
  • 40 Rafael Romero

Outfielders

  • 11 Montae Bradshaw
  • 16 Jose Caraballo
  • 17 Isaiah Henry
  • -- Raymond Lopez
  • 49 Andres Martin
  • 15 Isaiah Smith

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  • 55 Brian Abreu
  • 22 Donato Auguste
  • 25 Rovaldis Cabrera
  • 37 Delvin Capellan
  • 31 Adriam Castillo
  • 17 Kelvin De Los Santos
  • 49 Jeisson Fana
  • 15 Adan Frias
  • 40 Kelvin Gonzalez
  • 29 Wilmer Jimenez
  • 35 Yonathan Matos
  • 39 Victor Medina
  • 36 Miguel Medrano ‡
  • 33 Leandro Mendez
  • 36 Braulio Nunez
  •  3 Gerson Pinales
  • -- Junior Reyes ‡
  • 57 Carlos Sanchez
  • 32 Albert Valdez
  • 23 Warling Vicente
  • -- Alejandro Viloria ‡
  • 53 Angel Zerpa

Catchers

  • 38 Felix Familia
  •  8 Nicolas Febres
  • 43 Paul Mondesi

Infielders

  • 23 Brayant Aponte
  •  6 Maikel Garcia
  • 13 Rubendy Jaquez
  • 27 Hector Pineda
  •  9 Ismaldo Rodriguez
  •  1 Rafael Romero

Outfielders

  • 28 Dayton Biegel
  • 11 Yenrrys Mendez
  • 12 Reynin Reynoso
  • 19 Edickson Soto
  •  7 Rando Vargas

Manager

  • -- Miguel Bernard

Coaches

  • -- Sergio De Luna (coach)
  • -- Jose Gualdron (hitting)
  • -- Onil Joseph (hitting)
  • -- Gustavo Martinez (pitching)
  • -- Ramon Martinez (pitching)
  • -- Pedro Rosario (coach)

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† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated June 3, 2017
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Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 55 Brian Abreu
  • 62 Jose Ballista
  • 45 Carlos Benua
  • 38 Rovaldus Cabrera
  • 31 Adriam Castillo
  • 46 Ronaldo Ceballos
  • 13 Kelvin De Los Santos
  • 25 Jeisson Fana
  • 17 Axsel Jimenez
  •  8 Junior Matias
  • 35 Yonathan Matos
  • 39 Victor Medina
  • 30 Leandro Mendez
  • 29 Braulio Nunez
  • 47 Luis Ovalle
  • 24 Anderson Paulino
  • 40 Gerson Pinales
  • 21 Diogenes Rodriguez
  • 33 Carlos Sanchez
  • 32 Richi Vasquez

Catchers

  •  4 Enmanuel Pire
  •  9 Omar Rodriguez
  • 48 Rodrigo Rodriguez

Infielders

  • 28 Jean Carvajal
  • 52 Nicolas Febres
  •  2 Francis Grullos
  • 11 Edgar Martinez
  • 49 Javier Sanchez
  •  1 Enrique Valdez

Outfielders

  • 15 Bryan Asencio
  • 34 Xionel Garcia
  •  7 Neyfi Marinez
  • 12 Reynin Reynoso
  • 23 Warling Vicente

Manager


Coaches


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* On Kansas City Royals 40-man roster
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Appalachian League rosters

Below are the full rosters and coaching staff of the ten Appalachian League teams.

Arizona League Royals

The Arizona League Royals are a minor league baseball team in Surprise, Arizona, USA. They are a Class Rookie team in the Arizona League and have been a farm team of the Kansas City Royals since 2003. The Royals play home games at Surprise Stadium. Opened in 2002, Surprise Stadium seats 10,500 fans.

After leaving the complex league for a year, the Royals returned to the Arizona League in 2015, bringing the league back up to 14 teams.

Arizona League rosters

Below are the full rosters and coaching staff of the 18 teams of Minor League Baseball's Arizona League.

Burlington Royals

The Burlington Royals are a minor league baseball team in Burlington, North Carolina, United States. They are a Rookie-level team in the Appalachian League and have been a farm team of the Kansas City Royals since September 1, 2006. For the previous 21 years, the team had been affiliated with the Cleveland Indians as the Burlington Indians. The Royals play home games at Burlington Athletic Stadium. Opened in 1960, Burlington Athletic Stadium seats 3,500 fans.Staff:

Pitching Coach: Carlos Martinez.

Hitting Coach: Jesus Azuaje.

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jon Ervin.

Athletic Trainer: Saburo Hagihara.

Bench Coach: Kevin Kuntz.

Major League Baseball alumni of note are featured on the wall inside the men's restroom at the Burlington Athletic Stadium in the form of painted jerseys: Manny Ramirez (#22), Jim Thome (#25), Bartolo Colón (#40) and CC Sabathia (#52).

Carolina League rosters

Below are the full rosters and coaching staff of the eight teams of Minor League Baseball's Carolina League.

Dominican Summer League Royals

The Dominican Summer League Royals or DSL Royals are a minor league baseball team in the Dominican Summer League. The team plays in the Boca Chica Northwest division and is affiliated with the Kansas City Royals.

Dominican Summer League rosters

Below are the full rosters and coaching staff of the 44 teams of Minor League Baseball's Dominican Summer League.

Idaho Falls Chukars

The Idaho Falls Chukars are a professional baseball club based in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Chukars are a Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. They play their home games at Melaleuca Field, which has a seating capacity of 3,600. The dimensions of the ballpark are 350' to left field, 390' to center field, and 335' to right field. The playing surface is natural grass (Kentucky bluegrass).The team plays in the Pioneer League, a short-season league operating from June to early September, which is designated as Rookie Advanced League. They adopted the name the Chukars following a fan vote when the major league affiliation changed after the 2003 season. A chukar is a game bird found in the region. The Chukars are the only professional sports team in Eastern Idaho and have one of the most loyal fanbases in the Pioneer League.

Lexington Legends

The Lexington Legends are a Minor League Baseball team in the South Atlantic League (SAL), and the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The team is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and plays their home games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, located in a commercial area on the northeast side of the city just inside New Circle Road. The team's mascot is "Big L", a mustachioed baseball player and his best friend is Pee Wee.

List of Kansas City Royals first-round draft picks

The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Kansas City, Missouri. The franchise, founded in 1969, plays in the American League Central division. Since the institution of Major League Baseball's Rule 4 Draft, the Royals have selected 56 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is Major League Baseball's primary mechanism for assigning amateur players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings with the team that had the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams that lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks. The First-Year Player Draft is unrelated to the 1968 expansion draft in which the Royals initially filled their roster.

Of the 56 players first-round draft picks, 30 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 20 of these were right-handed, while 10 were left-handed. Twelve outfielders were selected, and eight shortstops, three catchers, and two third basemen were taken. The team also selected one player at first base, but has never drafted a second baseman. Fifteen of the players came from institutions in the state of California, while Florida and Texas follow with seven players each. The Royals have drafted two players, Luke Hochevar (2006) and Aaron Crow (2009), who were playing in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball at the time of their draft. Both had been drafted previously by other major league teams but had chosen to play for the Fort Worth Cats instead. They have also drafted one player from Puerto Rico: Juan Lebron (1995).

Two of their first-round picks have won World Series championships with the team. Outfielder Willie Wilson (1974) and shortstop Buddy Biancalana (1978) appeared during the Royals' 1985 World Series victory. Zack Greinke (2002) is the only first-round pick of the Royals to earn a Cy Young Award with the team, winning in 2009. Royals' first-round picks have never won Rookie of the Year or Most Valuable Player awards, and no pick has been elected to the Hall of Fame. The Royals have made seven selections in the supplemental round of the draft. They have made the first overall selection in the draft once, in 2006. The club has had 13 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the prior off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Royals' first-ever pick, John Simmons (1969), did not sign with the club but they received no compensatory pick.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are a Minor League Baseball team based in Springdale, Arkansas. The team is member of the Texas League, and serves as the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Naturals play at Arvest Ballpark, which opened in 2008 and is located at the intersection of Gene George Boulevard and Watkins Avenue. The team relocated from Wichita, Kansas, in 2008, where they were known as the Wichita Wranglers.

Omaha Storm Chasers

The Omaha Storm Chasers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. They are located in Papillion, Nebraska, a suburb southwest of Omaha, and play their home games at Werner Park which opened in 2011. The team previously played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, home to the College World Series, from 1969 to 2010.The team has been the only Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals since their inception in the 1969 Major League Baseball expansion. They were originally known as the Omaha Royals when they were established as a member of the Triple-A American Association in 1969. They joined the PCL in 1998, and were briefly known as the Omaha Golden Spikes (1999–2001) before reverting to their Royals moniker. They rebranded as the Storm Chasers in 2011.

Omaha has won seven league championships. Most recently, they won back-to-back PCL championships in 2013 and 2014. They previously won the PCL title in 2011. They also won the American Association championship in 1969, 1970, 1978, and 1990. They went on to win the Triple-A Classic in 1990 and the Triple-A National Championship Game in 2013 and 2014.

In 2016, Forbes listed the Storm Chasers as the 29th-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $27 million.

Pacific Coast League rosters

Each of the 16 teams of Minor League Baseball's Pacific Coast League carry a 25-man active roster. Only these players are eligible to play.

Teams may have any number of inactive players on their rosters at a given time who do not count toward active roster limits. Injured players may be placed on the injured list (7-day or 60-day). The temporary inactive list and bereavement list are for players attending to personal matters. Major league players may be placed on rosters for injury rehabilitation for a maximum of 20 days for non-pitchers and 30 days for pitchers.Players who are ineligible to play due to failure to adhere to the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, violations of their contract, who are receiving team disciplinary action, or who are unable to join the team due to visa problems may be placed on the restricted or suspended lists. These players count against a team's active roster limit.

Each team usually has a three-man coaching staff including a manager, hitting coach, and pitching coach. Depending on each Major League Baseball organization's development approach, some teams may have additional coaches.

Pioneer League rosters

Below are the full rosters and coaching staff of the eight Pioneer League teams.

South Atlantic League rosters

Below are the full rosters and coaching staff of the 14 teams of Minor League Baseball's South Atlantic League.

Texas League rosters

Below are the full rosters and coaching staff of the eight teams of Minor League Baseball's Texas League.

Wilmington Blue Rocks

The Wilmington Blue Rocks are a Minor League Baseball team located in Wilmington, Delaware. The Blue Rocks play in the Northern Division of the Carolina League.

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