Cowtown Rundown: Kansas City Sports News 7/14

Your daily dose of Kansas City sports news...

Alex Gordon and Kila Ka'aihue waiting for the big leagues

Normally the average fan wouldn't have a lot of interest in the minor leagues but with the Royals there are two of the top players there in Omaha. For the Royals, a move at the trade deadline could mean Gordon or Ka'aihue could be called up.

“You never know,” Gordon said. “You don't know if anything will happen. They've been playing pretty well (in the majors), so you wonder if they will make any moves.”

“They've got business decisions up there with guys making (big) money,” Ka'aihue said. “There's nothing I can do about it, so there's no sense worrying about it. I look at it. I've talked to my agent about it. But there's nothing I can do.”

They need to do something to get these guys up. At 10.5 games out of first place in the division, they need to sell and they to bring them back up.

Jayhawks in the pros

KUAthletics.com is tracking all of the Jayhawk baseball players that are in the minor or major leagues. I gotta admit, I don't follow a lot of college baseball so a lot of these names are foreign to me.

Here's the lone KU player in MLB:

Left-handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny enters the All-Star break pitching well, having earned wins in his past two starts for the Chicago Cubs. Gorzelanny, who pitched at KU in 2002, earned a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 10, allowing one run on six hits over six innings with a walk and a season-high seven strikeouts. Gorzelanny is 4-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 18 games for the Cubs and has 76 strikeouts in 74 innings on the hill.

I think more fans are interested in the other three Jayhawks in the pros: Cole Aldrich, Xavier Henry and Sherron Collins.

Aaron O'Neal jersey going to LB Gooden

LB Zaviar Gooden will continue wearing no. 25 for Mizzou.

Why should this matter?

Because it's the Aaron O'Neal jersey.

Gooden also wears the honorary No. 25 jersey, given to a Missouri linebacker as a tribute to former Tiger Aaron O'Neal, who died during a voluntary workout in the July 2005. He'll pass it on to another linebacker when his career ends.

Pretty cool tradition there at Mizzou. I figured I'd pass that along for those that didn't know.

Still six unsigned Chiefs

It seems as if nothing is going on at One Arrowhead Drive but I can assure you the Chiefs front office is working through the six remaining rookie contract.

Rounds 2-5, five of the remaining six picks, won't be difficult. Those contracts are essentially slotted (though technically they're not).

There are no updates to negotiations with Eric Berry. Presumably other top ten picks will be signed before him and we'll have an idea of when his signing is coming. Last year, if I'm not mistaken, reports came out indicating Scott Pioli would prefer to get the second and fourth picks signed before the Chiefs signed Tyson Jackson with the third pick.

So we will continue to wait.

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