Brian Goodman is a contributing writer originally from Kansas City. He is all too accustomed to the ups and downs (mostly downs) that the pro teams in the area bring. Brian is also an avid college basketball junkie and just can't get enough come March.
The departure of Royals outfielder David DeJesus to Oakland brin
Fans in Kansas City have embraced the pro game in exhibition matchups, but several hurdles remain for permanent prospects.
The NBA is flooded with talent from Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri as the 2010-11 season approaches.
Heating Up: While the Royals stare down a possible last-place finish, second baseman Mike Aviles is making his case for a starting spot in 2011 with a hot September at the plate.
Xavier Henry is expected to sign with Memphis Grizzlies this week after coming to terms on rookie contract.
Five prospects make Baseball America's final Prospect Hot Sheet, a feature detailing the best prospects at each position across the minor leagues.
Brayan Pena and rookie Lucas May will split catching duties, while Ned Yost is hopeful that Kendall will be ready to return in the early part of the 2011 season.
Gil Meche, Josh Fields and Lucas May will join the Royals for September as major league rosters expand to 40 players.
Mike Moustakas has a monstrous night at the dish for Omaha, clubbing three home runs and totaling a league-record 11 RBI.
With rosters set to expand on September 1, the Royals could use the extra spots to give touted prospects some early seasoning at the big-league level.