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Blue Rocks, Royals extend PDC

Wilmington Blue RocksThe Wilmington Blue Rocks (High Class A; Carolina League) and the Kansas City Royals extended their player-development contract (PDC) through the 2014 season.

“We are thrilled to once again renew our affiliation agreement with the Kansas City Royals,” said Blue Rocks general manager Chris Kemple. “They have been a first-class organization to work with and we look forward to the next two seasons. With this agreement, we will have partnered with the Royals in 20 of our 22 seasons. The Blue Rocks and Royals have almost become synonymous with each other.”

The Blue Rocks have enjoyed great success as a member of the Royals’ chain, posting a combined mark of 1432-1209 (.542) through 2011 as a Kansas City affiliate. During that time, the Rocks have earned 14 postseason appearances and won four Carolina League Mills Cup championships (1994, 1996, 1998, 1999).

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with the Wilmington Blue Rocks an additional two years,” said Scott Sharp, Royals director of minor league operations. “We have been partners with the Blue Rocks for all but two years of their existence and take great pride in this. The ownership group, management team and the community are great supporters of the Kansas City Royals and our minor league players. The facility and city are second to none in minor league baseball.”

Here’s a look at the current affiliate status.


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