The Kansas City Royals extended player-development contracts (PDCs) with the Wilmington Blue Rocks (High Class A; Carolina League), Lexington Legends (Low Class A; Sally League), Idaho Falls Chukars (rookie; Pioneer League) and Burlington Royals (rookie; Appalachian League).
The Burlington, Idaho Falls and Wilmington PDCs are two-year extensions through 2016, and the Lexington extension is through 2018.
“We are excited to extend our contracts with Burlington, Idaho Falls, Lexington and Wilmington for an additional two years,” Royals Director of Player Development Scott Sharp said. “We feel these cities and facilities are some of the best in all of minor league baseball and provide us a great advantage in developing the Royals of the future. There is great history tied to each of these affiliates as many of our current Major League players have donned their uniforms; we want to continue these relationships for a long time.”
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Kansas City Royals by once again renewing our affiliation agreement,” said Blue Rocks general manager Chris Kemple. “They have been an absolute first-class organization to work with and we look forward to the next two seasons. With the signing of this agreement, we will have partnered with the Royals in 22 of our 24 seasons. The Blue Rocks and Royals have almost become synonymous with each other in the state of Delaware.”
The Idaho Falls Chukars have been a Royals’ affiliate since 2004, with the club winning the Pioneer League last season. The Burlington Royals have been a Kansas City affiliate since 2007, playing in the Appalachian League. The Lexington Legends are KC’s newest affiliate, having joined the Royals’ organization in 2013 as a member in the South Atlantic League. Wilmington is Kansas City’s longest-tenured minor league affiliate, having been with the organization from 1993-2004, and then returning on their current agreement in 2007. The Blue Rocks have won the Carolina League four times (1994, 1996, 1998, 1999) as a Royals affiliate.
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