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Storm Chaser Lopez under a cycle watch

Royals No. 8 prospect notches third straight three-hit game
April 17, 2019

Nicky Lopez probably doesn't welcome his annual slow start to the season. But the 24-year-old's ability to get equally hot at the plate certainly makes it easier to bear.Kansas City's No. 8 prospect amassed three hits for the third straight game while falling a homer shy of completing the second

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 16

Dodgers' May deals and hits; Royals' Singer records first win
April 17, 2019

Dodgers RHP Dustin May, Double-A Tulsa: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K; 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, R -- May dazzled both on the mound and at the plate, tossing five scoreless frames and driving in two runs with a second-inning single against Springfield. With runners on second

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 14

Phils' Bohm belts first pro homer, Royals' Matias goes deep twice
April 15, 2019

Phillies 3B Alec Bohm, Class A Lakewood: 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBIs -- It took awhile, but Bohm finally has his first professional home run. Last year's No. 3 overall pick sent a two-run shot to left field in the third inning against Delmarva in his 175th career at-bat. The Phils' top

Matias, Melendez portend Royal future

'18 Draft picks Eaton, Isbel also earn Organization All-Star nods
November 7, 2018

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.The Royals' streak of five seasons with at least 80 wins ended as they

High-five for Storm Chasers' Lopez

Royals No. 7 prospect ties career high with five-hit night
July 28, 2018

When you get five hits in a game, it doesn't matter who the fifth hit came against.That's how Nicky Lopez felt Friday.The Royals' seventh-ranked prospect tied his career high with five hits -- the fifth coming against infielder Antonio Nunez -- to lead Triple-A Omaha to a 15-4 thumping of

Lopez has smashing PCL homecoming

Royals No. 6 prospect raps four hits, homers in PCL debut
June 29, 2018

Even though it was his first game at a new level, Nicky Lopez felt right at home.The Creighton product had a smashing Triple-A debut in Omaha on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a homer, double and three runs scored in the Storm Chasers' 10-1 rout of Nashville at Werner Park."I'm familiar

Naturals' Lopez delivers a natural cycle

Royals No. 6 prospect sparks offense with career-high five hits
June 21, 2018

Nicky Lopez did everything a leadoff man could be asked to do for his team Thursday. And he notched a couple of personal milestones in the process.Kansas City's No. 6 prospect hit for his first cycle on the first five-hit night of his career, finishing 5-for-6 with four runs scored

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 13

Royals' Lopez collects four hits; Cards' Hudson tosses another gem
June 14, 2018

Theme of the dayPiling it on:Randy César picks up hits. Taylor Widener racks up strikeouts. Tyler O'Neill hits homers. Those have been the themes for each of those players in 2018, which they reiterated Wednesday. Cesar extended his hitting streak to a Minors-best 35 games for Double-A Corpus Christi. Widener

Texas notes: Lopez looking to stay hot

Royals prospect building on Fall League success with Naturals
June 1, 2018

A little familiarity and a boost of confidence can go a long way.They've taken Northwest Arkansas infielder Nicky Lopez to the start of what likely could be his best season since being drafted by Kansas City in the fifth round two years ago.

Lopez stays scorching hot for Naturals

Royals No. 6 prospect collects four hits, sparks walk-off win
May 12, 2018

As elated as Naturals hitting coach Leon Roberts is to see his pupil, Nicky Lopez, continually notching multiple hits night after night, there's some admittedly selfish trepidation from seeing him flourish. "The tough thing is if he keeps swinging the bat like this, he'll be in Triple-A here pretty quick and

Fall League honors 23 on Top Prospects Team

Circuit managers and coaches tab best players from 2017 season
December 11, 2017

The Arizona Fall League season wrapped up nearly a month ago, but accolades are still rolling in for the circuit's best.The showcase league's top players were honored Monday with the announcement of the official 2017 Top Prospects Team, voted on by AFL managers and coaches. The group is comprised of

Lopez, Needy honored by Fall League

Royals shortstop, Marlins right-hander take weekly AFL awards
November 14, 2017

With the Arizona Fall League season ending Saturday, there are only a few days left for players to make an impact. Just under the wire, two notable prospects made sure they won't enter the offseason empty-handed.The league announced Tuesday that Royals No. 11 prospectNicky Lopez and Marlins right-hander James Needy

Toolshed: Lopez gives Royals plenty to ponder

Shortstop taking off with bat in AFL after proving defensive skills
November 10, 2017

This should be one of the more interesting offseasons for the Royals. Franchise mainstays Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas -- all of whom helped Kansas City win the 2015 World Series and have combined for five All-Star appearances during their time with the club -- are

Royals Prospect Primer: Arms in focus

Strahm, Staumont rising quickly; Zimmer, Russell hoping to rebound
March 23, 2017

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2017 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Major League-ready: Matt Strahm: LHPStrahm