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 – No. 86
Pitcher
Born: April 10, 1996 (age 22)
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] As a senior, he was the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for New York.[2] Blewett was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft.[3][4] He made his professional debut with the Burlington Royals and spent 2014 there, going 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA in eight games, with seven of those being starts.

Blewett played 2015 and 2016 with the Lexington Legends, posting a 3-5 record with a 5.20 ERA in 2015 and an 8-11 record with a 4.31 ERA in 2016, and 2017 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks,[5] where he went 7-10 with a 4.07 ERA in a career high 152.2 innings pitched.[6]

The Royals added Blewett to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[7]

Samir Dueñez

Samir Dueñez
Kansas City Royals
First baseman
Born: June 11, 1996 (age 22)
Macuto, Vargas, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Samir Yarin Dueñez De Sousa (born June 11, 1996) is a Venezuelan professional baseball first baseman in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Dueñez signed with the Kansas City Royals as an international free agent in July 2012.[8] He made his professional debut in 2013 with the AZL Royals, batting .294 with 19 RBIs in 47 games. In 2014, he played for the Lexington Legends and the Idaho Falls Chukars, compiling a combined .267 batting average with one home run and 36 RBIs in 80 games, and in 2015, he played for Lexington, batting .266 with one home run and 37 RBIs in 101 games. He spent 2016 with Lexington, the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, slashing .284/.336/.438 with 13 home runs, 100 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases in 138 games between three three clubs.

The Royals added Dueñez to their 40-man roster after the 2016 season.[9] He spent 2017 with Northwest Arkansas where he hit .252 with 17 home runs and 75 RBIs in 132 games.[10] He began 2018 back with Northwest Arkansas.

Andrew Edwards

Andrew Edwards
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: October 7, 1991 (age 27)
Gilbertsville, Kentucky
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Andrew David Edwards (born October 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Edwards attended Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky and played college baseball at Rend Lake College and Western Kentucky University.[11] He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.[12] He signed and spent 2013 with both the Burlington Royals and Wilmington Blue Rocks, posting a combined 2-1 record and 1.16 ERA in 23.1 total relief innings between the two teams. In 2014, he played for the Lexington Legends and Wilmington, compiling a 3-9 record and 4.98 ERA in 86.2 total innings, and in 2015, he returned to Wilmington, going 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 29 relief appearances. Edward spent 2016 with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Omaha Storm Chasers, pitching to a combined 0-1 record, 3.96 ERA, and 1.48 WHIP in 61.1 innings pitched between both teams.

The Royals added him to their 40-man roster after the 2016 season.[9] He was designated for assignment on July 30, 2017, to make room for Melky Cabrera who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. He spent 2017 with Wilmington, Northwest Arkansas, and Omaha, collecting a 4-1 record and 6.00 ERA in 28 total relief appearances.[13]

Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: September 22, 1992 (age 26)
Birmingham, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Christopher John Ellis (born September 22, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Ellis was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 50th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft out of Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama.[14] He did not sign with the Dodgers and attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) to play college baseball.

Ellis was then drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third round of the 2014 MLB Draft.[15][16] He signed and made his professional debut with the Orem Owlz where he pitched to a 6.89 ERA in 15.2 innings.[17] Ellis started 2015 with the Inland Empire 66ers, and after going 4–5 with a 3.88 ERA in 11 games, was promoted to the Arkansas Travelers, where he finished the season, posting a 7–4 record and 3.92 ERA in 15 games.[18][19]

On November 12, 2015, the Angels traded Ellis, Sean Newcomb, Erick Aybar and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Andrelton Simmons and Jose Briceno.[20][21] Ellis was assigned to the Mississippi Braves to start the 2016 season, and promoted to the Gwinnett Braves in June.[22][23] Ellis ended 2016 with a combined 12–9 record and 4.49 ERA in 28 total games started between both clubs.[24] After the 2016 season, the Braves assigned Ellis to the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.

On December 1, 2016, the Braves traded Ellis, John Gant, and Luke Dykstra to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jaime García.[25] Ellis spent 2017 with both the Springfield Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds, posting a combined 7-12 record with a 5.29 ERA in 30 games (22 starts) between both teams.[26] He returned to Springfield to begin the 2018 season and was promoted to Memphis during the season. In 31 games (21 starts) between the two clubs, Ellis compiled a 10-4 record with a 3.93 ERA.[27]

Ellis was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2018 Rule 5 draft and was traded to the Kansas City Royals.[28]

Foster Griffin

Foster Griffin
Kansas City Royals – No. 73
Pitcher
Born: July 27, 1995 (age 23)
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.[29][30][31] He signed on June 10,[32] 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,[33] and 2018 back with the Naturals where he pitched to a 10-12 record with a 5.13 ERA in 28 games (26 starts).[34]

Kelvin Gutiérrez

Kelvin Gutiérrez
Kansas City Royals – No. 73
Third baseman
Born: August 28, 1994 (age 24)
Pimentel, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Kelvin Manuel Gutiérrez (born August 28, 1994) is a Dominican professional baseball infielder in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Gutiérrez was signed out of the Dominican Republic as an international free agent by the Nationals in 2013. While signed as a shortstop, the Nationals moved him to third base as his primary position. He made his professional debut in 2013 with the DSL Nationals, batting .255 in 60 games. In 2014, he played for the GCL Nationals where he compiled a .286 batting average with 25 RBIs in 53 games, and in 2015, he played for the Auburn Doubledays where he slashed .305/.358/.414 with one home run and 30 RBIs in 62 games. He spent 2016 with the Hagerstown Suns where he batted .300/.349/.406 with three home runs, 48 RBIs, and 19 stolen bases in 96 games. He also played in ten games for the Potomac Nationals at the end of the season.

In 2017, Baseball America ranked him as having the best infield arm in the Nationals organization.[35] He was assigned to Potomac to begin the 2017 season. After ranking as the Nationals' 26th-best prospect midway through the 2016 season,[36] Gutiérrez catapulted to the 12th spot in the system by mid-2017, according to MLB Pipeline.[37] He was named to participate in the Carolina League All-Star Game in 2017,[38] although he was unable to play due to an injury suffered June 9 while running the bases.[39] He spent all of 2017 with Potomac, hitting .288 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in only 58 games due to injury.[40] After the 2017 season ended, Gutiérrez played for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League, leading the team in hitting with a .350 average. The Nationals added Gutiérrez to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[41] He began 2018 with the Harrisburg Senators.

On June 18, 2018, Gutiérrez (along with Blake Perkins and Yohanse Morel) was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Kelvin Herrera.[42]

Arnaldo Hernández

Arnaldo Hernández
Kansas City Royals
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.[43]

Khalil Lee

Khalil Lee
Kansas City Royals
Outfielder
Born: June 26, 1998 (age 20)
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.[44]

Lee was committed to play baseball at Liberty University.[45] However, after he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft, he chose to sign with the Royals for $579,700[46] rather than attended college. The Royals chose to assign him to the AZL Royals as an outfielder,[47] 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 where he posted a .237 batting average with 17 home runs, 61 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and a .344 OBP in 121 games.[48]

MLB.com ranked Lee as Kansas City's top prospect going into the 2018 season.[49] He began the season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks 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.[50]

Nicky Lopez

Nicky Lopez
Kansas City Royals
Shortstop
Born: March 13, 1995 (age 23)
Naperville, Illinois
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Nicholas Lopez (born March 13, 1995) is an American professional baseball shortstop in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Lopez attended Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois and played college baseball at Creighton University.[51] He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the fifth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.[52][53]

Lopez made his professional debut with the Burlington Royals[54] and spent the whole 2016 season there, posting a .281 batting average with six home runs, 29 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 62 games. In 2017, he spent time with both the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, batting a combined .279 with two home runs, 38 RBIs, 24 stolen bases and a .704 OPS in 129 games.[55][56] After the season, the Royals assigned Lopez to the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.[57] He began 2018 with Northwest Arkansas and was promoted to the Omaha Storm Chasers in June. In 130 total games between the two clubs, Lopez batted .308/.382/.417 with nine home runs and 53 RBIs.[58]

Richard Lovelady

Richard Lovelady
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: July 7, 1995 (age 23)
Hinesville, Georgia
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Richard Tyler Lovelady (born July 7, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Lovelady attended First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, Georgia and played college baseball at East Georgia State College and Kennesaw State University.[59] He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 10th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.[60]

Lovelady made his professional debut with the Arizona League Royals and was promoted to the Idaho Falls Chukars during the season; in 25 total relief innings pitched between both teams, he posted a 2-1 record, 1.80 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP[61] In 2017, he spent time with both the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, pitching to a combined 4-2 record and 1.62 ERA in 66.2 total relief innings pitched.[62][63] Lovelady spent 2018 with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, going 3-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 46 relief appearances.[64]

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, and for the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team.[65] 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.[66]

The Kansas City Royals selected Lynch with the 34th overall pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.[67] He signed with the Royals on June 10, 2018 for $1.7 million.[68] He made his professional debut with the Burlington Royals of the Rookie-level Appalachian League[69] 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.[70]

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.[71] 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,[72] and in 2018 he played with the Lexington Legends[73][74][75] where he batted .231 with 31 home runs and 63 RBIs in 94 games.[76]

Erick Mejia

Erick Mejia
Erick Mejia 002
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.[77]

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.[78] His father, Mervyl Melendez, is the head coach of the Florida International Panthers baseball team, and he had signed to play college baseball there.[79] The Kansas City Royals selected him in the second round, 52nd overall, of the 2017 MLB Draft.[80]

Melendez signed with Kansas City for $2.1 million[81] and spent 2017 with the AZL Royals where he posted a .262 batting average with four home runs, 30 RBIs, and a .790 OPS in 47 games.[82] He spent 2018 with the Lexington Legends, slashing .251/.322/.492 with 19 home runs and 73 RBIs in 111 games.[83]

MLB.com ranked Melendez as Kansas City's fourth ranked prospect going into the 2018 season.[84]

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.[85] Although an Arizona State University Sun Devils commit, Perkins chose to sign with the Nationals for an $800,000 bonus.[86]

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.[87] 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.[88]

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.[89] After batting .234 with one home run, 21 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases through 65 games at the new level,[90] 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.[91] 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.[92]

Jon Perrin

Jon Perrin
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: May 23, 1993 (age 25)
Olathe, Kansas
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Jonathan Wade Perrin (born May 23, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals organization.

Perrin attended Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kansas. He enrolled at Oklahoma State University and played college baseball for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He graduated from Oklahoma State, he took the Law School Admission Test and was accepted into the University of Kansas School of Law.[93] The Brewers selected Perrin in the 27th round of the 2015 MLB draft.[94] During the 2018 season, the Brewers traded Perrin to the Royals for Sal Biasi.[95]

In the 2017-18 offseason, Perrin passed the Uniform Investment Adviser Law Exam, becoming a Registered Investment Adviser.[93]

Chris Rabago

Chris Rabago
Colorado Rockies – No. 37
Catcher
Born: April 22, 1993 (age 25)
Riverside, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Christopher Daniel Rabago (born April 22, 1993) is an American professional baseball catcher in the Colorado Rockies organization.

Rabago played college baseball at the University of California, Irvine. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 13th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft[96] and signed.

After signing, Rabago made his professional debut with the Tri-City Dust Devils and spent the whole season there, batting .225 with 12 RBIs in 47 games. He spent 2015 with the Grand Junction Rockies where he slashed .306/.353/.441 with three home runs and 28 RBIs in 45 games. He played in the Arizona Fall League after the season. In 2016, he played with the Asheville Tourists where he compiled a .272 batting average with 32 RBIs in 77 games, and in 2017, he played for the Lancaster JetHawks where he batted .272 with one home run, 43 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases in 89 games.[97]

The Rockies added Rabago to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[98] He began 2018 with the Hartford Yard Goats.

On August 22, 2018, Rabago was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees and immediately optioned to Double A.[99] During the 2018 Winter Meetings, the Kansas City Royals selected Rabago from the Yankees in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.[100]

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.[101][102] 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.[103]

Russell was selected by the Kansas City Royals as the 21st overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.[104] Russell signed with the Royals,[105] 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,[106] before deciding to take a leave of absence from the game.[107]

Edward Salcedo

Edward Salcedo
Kansas City Royals
Third baseman / Outfielder
Born: July 30, 1991 (age 27)
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.[108] 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.[109]

On January 13, 2014, he was invited to spring training. The Braves traded Salcedo to the Pirates for Bryton Trepagnier on February 5, 2015.[110] He was traded to the Kansas City Royals in August 2015.[111]

Frank Schwindel

Frank Schwindel
Kansas City Royals
First baseman
Born: June 29, 1992 (age 26)
Livingston, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Frank J. Schwindel (born June 29, 1992) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Kansas City Royals organization.

Schwindel attended Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey,[112] and St. John's University and played college baseball for the St. John's Red Storm. The Royals selected Schwindel in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB draft.[113][114] In 2018, Schwindel played for the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, and appeared in the Triple-A All-Star Game.[115][116]

Gabe Speier

Gabe Speier
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: April 12, 1995 (age 23)
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.[117]

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[118] 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.[119] 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.[120] 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.[121]

On June 6, 2018, the Diamondbacks traded Speier and Elvis Luciano to the Kansas City Royals for Jon Jay.[122]

Speier is the nephew of Chris Speier.[118]

Josh Staumont

Josh Staumont
Kansas City Royals
Pitcher
Born: December 21, 1993 (age 25)
La Habra, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Joshua Tyler Staumont (born December 21, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.

Staumont attended La Habra High School in La Habra, California and played college baseball at Azusa Pacific University. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft[123] and became one of the highest selected players from Asuzsa Pacific.[124] He made his professional debut that year with the Arizona League Royals and was later promoted to the Idaho Falls Chukars; in 18 combined games between both teams, he went 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA. In 2016, Staumont pitched for both the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Northwest Arkansas Naturals,[125][126] pitching to a combined 4-11 record and 4.23 ERA in 29 total games (26 total starts) between both teams. After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League. He spent 2017 with both Northwest Arkansas and the Omaha Storm Chasers where he went 6-12 with a 5.56 ERA with 138 strikeouts in 124.2 total innings pitched between the two clubs.[127] In 2018, Staumont pitched for Omaha, going 2-5 with a 3.51 ERA in 74.1 innings pitched, mainly in relief.[128]

The Royals added Staumont to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[129]

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.[130] He won numerous awards that year including Louisiana's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year and Farm Bureau-Louisiana Sports Writers Association Mr. Baseball.[131][132][133] He was also named the Louisville Slugger Player of the Year.[134] During his career he hit .456 with 25 home runs in 65 games.[135]

Vallot was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 40th overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.[136][137] 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.[138]

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.[139]

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. The Kansas City Royals drafted him 33rd overall in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. He attended Lawrence North High School.

At the time of the 2015 draft, Watson was 5–1 for Lawrence North, 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.[140] The Kansas City Royals selected Watson with the 33rd overall pick in the draft. He signed for $1,825,200[141] and was assigned to the Burlington Royals, and spent the whole season there, 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 in 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,[142] 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.[143]

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Class A-Advanced (Wilmington)

Wilmington Blue Rocks roster
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Pitchers

  • 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

Catchers

Infielders

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

Outfielders

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

Manager

Coaches

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Class A (Lexington)

Lexington Legends roster
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Pitchers

  • 11 Andrew Beckwith
  • 22 Sal Biasi
  • 26 Holden Capps
  • 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

Catchers

Infielders

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

Outfielders

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

Manager

Coaches

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Roster updated January 17, 2019
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Advanced Rookie (Burlington, Idaho Falls)

Burlington Royals roster
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Pitchers

  • 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
  • -- Ashe Russell ∞
  • 17 Malcolm Van Buren
  • 28 Marlin Willis

Catchers

  • 49 Freddy Fermin
  • 27 Chris Hudgins

Infielders

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

Outfielders

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

Manager

Coaches

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Idaho Falls Chukars roster
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Pitchers

  • -- 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

Catchers

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

Infielders

  •  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

Manager

  • -- Omar Ramirez

Coaches

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Roster updated June 29, 2018
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Rookie (Arizona)

Arizona League Royals roster
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Pitchers

  • 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

Manager

Coaches

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Roster updated May 1, 2018
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Foreign Rookie (Dominican)

Dominican Summer League Royals 1 roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 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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Dominican Summer League Royals 2 roster
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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


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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 (MiLB) team based in Springdale, Arkansas. The team is member of the Texas League, and serves as the Double-A affiliate to the Kansas City Royals. They relocated to Springdale from Wichita, Kansas, in 2008. They were previously known as the Wichita Wranglers. The team also had previous incarnations as the Amarillo Gold Sox and Beaumont Golden Gators.

The Naturals play at Arvest Ballpark. The facility is located at the intersection of 56th Street and Watkins, and was completed in early 2008.

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 disabled 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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