Outfielder Anderson Miller, the first Lexington native to play for the Legends, has been promoted to advanced-Class A Wilmington of the Carolina League. The Legends’ parent club, the Kansas City Royals, announced the move Wednesday.
Lexington Legends pitcher Emilio Ogando pitched a scoreless fourth inning for the Southern Division in a 2-1 loss to the Northern Division in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark will offer fans a chance to take an early look at several young players who could become household names in Major League Baseball. But MLB fans attending the festivities will likely already be familiar with several of the names on the Northern and Southern Division rosters.
The Lexington Legends will host the South Atlantic League All-Star game for the second time on Tuesday night, and some familiar faces will represent the hometown squad in the game between the Southern and Northern Divisions.
As the Kansas City Royals’ lowest tier, full-season minor league affiliate, Lexington Legends games are always about developing the players. With so much invested in the potential of such young players, Manager Omar Ramirez said the Royals’ front-office preaches patience and process. “It’s hard, but you get used to it, because it’s a process,” Ramirez said. “They’ve got to trust the process and we’ve got to trust the process, too. These kids are going to help us in the big leagues one day.”
Outfielder Anderson Miller has returned to the Lexington Legends following his recovery from surgery to remove the hamate bone from his right wrist. He will be on the active roster as the Legends open a three-game series Monday night at Lakewood.
The Kansas City Royals’ 2015 World Series trophy makes an appearance in Lexington this weekend with the club’s minor-league affiliate Lexington Legends at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Commissioner’s Trophy will be on display for fans from 6:15 p.m. until the end of the fifth inning on Friday and Saturday as the Legends play the Rome Braves.
Xavier Fernandez capped a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-out, two-run single as the Lexington Legends defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 8-7 in front of 5,521 fans Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Kansas City Royals prospect Raul Mondesi was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for Clenbuterol, a banned steroid. A positive test for a performance-enhancing drug usually results in an 80-game suspension, but Major League Baseball and the players union agreed to the reduced term for Mondesi after he showed that the steroid came from cold medicine he took.
Signed by the Kansas City Royals three years ago for $1.3 million out of Ruda, Italy, Lexington Legends shortstop Marten Gasparini was ranked the No. 7 prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization by Baseball America in 2016
Spring baseball on a cold, 38-degree night paid off for the Lexington Legends and the hearty fans in attendance at Whitaker Bank Ballpark as they won their opener 7-4 against the Lakewood BlueClaws Thursday night. The announced crowd of 3,311 and 27 dogs got a chance to see Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress and a competitive if a little sloppy South Atlantic League game that saw both of the Legends’ native Kentuckians figure in the outcome.
The Lexington Legends bring back a few familiar faces, new food, promotions and fireworks, the South Atlantic League All-Star Game and thousands of dollars of improvements to Whitaker Bank Ballpark and as they open the season Thursday night. Kentucky basketball star Alex Poythress will sign autographs after the gates open at 5 p.m. leading up to his ceremonial first pitch. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.