Royals claim 2019 Dominican Summer League crown

Kansas City prospects combine for 14 strikeouts to edge D-backs

Luis Cepeda struck out eight of the 17 batters he faced in the championship-clinching game. (DSL)

September 16, 2019 2:50 PM ET

Luis Cepeda was dominant into the fifth inning and Jaswel De Los Santos' based-loaded walk forced home the game's only run as the DSL Royals 1 edged the DSL D-backs 2, 1-0, to win the Dominican Summer League Championship on Sept. 6.

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Tolbert, Henry lift Chukars to Pioneer title

Royals prospects total five hits, five runs scored in clincher

The Chukars join Lexington, Wilmington and the Dominican League Royals in winning championships this year. (Kevin Johnson/Ogden Raptors)

By Katie Woo | September 15, 2019 11:08 PM ET

Royals prospects Tyler Tolbert and Isaiah Henry combined for five hits and five runs scored as Idaho Falls won the Pioneer League Championship, beating Ogden, 10-8, in Game 3 of the Finals.

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Aplin's timely hitting keeps Chukars alive

Royals prospect plates clutch runs in Game 2 of Pioneer Finals

Rhett Aplin posted a .310/.410/.502 regular-season slash line with 10 home runs in the Pioneer League. (Idaho Falls Chukars)

By Shlomo Sprung | September 15, 2019 12:18 AM ET

Kansas City Royals prospect Rhett Aplin plated two clutch runs as Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls defeated Ogden, 6-2, to force a decisive Game 3 in the Pioneer League Finals.

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Legends walk off with another SAL title

On Friday the 13th, Rohlman wins it with two-run shot in 13th

Lexington is the first team to win back-to-back South Atlantic League championships since 2009-10. (Lexington Legends)

By Chris Bumbaca | September 13, 2019 11:15 PM ET

Reid Rohlman hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning as Lexington won its second straight South Atlantic League championship with a 3-1 victory over Hickory.

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Cox hurls gem, keeps Blue Rocks alive

Royals No. 21 prospect throws six one-hit innings in Game 4

Austin Cox has recorded 14 strikeouts in 12 innings during the Carolina League playoffs. (Wilmington Blue Rocks)

By Andrew Battifarano | September 13, 2019 9:36 PM ET

Royals No. 21 prospect Austin Cox allowed one hit over six innings as Wilmington blanked Fayetteville, 2-0, to force a decisive fifth game in the Mills Cup Finals on Friday.

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Toolshed: Hicklen more than raw talent

No. 15 Royals prospect adding power to impressive speed

A seventh-round pick in 2017, Brewer Hicklen smacked eight of his 14 home runs this season in August. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 13, 2019 10:15 AM ET

No. 15 Royals prospect Brewer Hicklen wants to be known as more than simply a well-rounded athlete, and in pursuit of his second title in two full seasons, he's begun to look like a late-blooming baseball star.

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Dungan, Chukars flying high into Finals

Royals ninth-rounder makes difference in Pioneer semifinals

Clay Dungan had not homered in 43 games since July 17 against Orem. (Stephen Smith/Four Seam Images)

By Chris Tripodi | September 12, 2019 7:05 PM ET

In a game that started Tuesday and ended Thursday, Clay Dungan hit a go-ahead three-run homer as Idaho Falls advanced to the Pioneer League Finals with a 6-4 victory over Billings.

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Melendez delivers in clutch for Blue Rocks

Royals No. 9 prospect's RBI single helps even Mills Cup Finals

MJ Melendez collected 34 extra-base hits and 54 RBIs for Wilmington during the regular season. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Michael Avallone | September 11, 2019 11:20 PM ET

Kansas City Royals No. 9 prospect MJ Melendez delivered a tiebreaking single as Class A Advanced Wilmington rallied past Fayetteville, 5-4, to even the Mills Cup Finals at a game apiece.

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Hernandez puts Legends on brink of title

Royals No. 13 prospect fans six over five scoreless innings

Carlos Hernandez pitched at three levels during the regular season, going 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA for Lexington. (Lexington Legends)

By Shlomo Sprung | September 10, 2019 10:51 PM ET

Royals No. 13 prospect Carlos Hernandez gave up two hits over five innings as Lexington moved within one win of their second straight South Atlantic League championship with a 4-0 blanking of Hickory.

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Blue Rocks cap comeback, advance

Wilmington to play for Mills Cup after Lugo strikes out 10

Wilmington celebrates after securing its first Mills Cup Finals berth since 2015. (Brad Glazier/Wilmington Blue Rocks)

By Dan Stokes | September 8, 2019 6:19 PM ET

Royals prospect Rito Lugo struck out 10 over six innings as Wilmington reeled off its third straight win, 6-3 over Salem to advance to the Carolina League Championship Series.

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