The Omaha Storm Chasers' 2018 Opening Day roster has begun to take shape after the Kansas City Royals announced several roster moves late Monday evening. In total, six players, including pitchers Scott Barlow , Heath Fillmyer , Andres Machado , Eric Stout and Kyle Zimmer , along with infielder Hunter Dozier , were optioned to Omaha's roster. Seven other players, some of whom could wear a Storm Chasers uniform this season, were also reassigned to minor league camp.
Video: Tulsa's Barlow chases down swinging bunt
Barlow, 25, in three Cactus League outings with Kansas City compiled no record and 3.18 ERA (2 ER/5.2 IP), adding six punchouts with no walks. Prior to signing with the Royals as a Major League free agent on December 7, 2017, Barlow pitched for six seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He split the 2017 campaign between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, combining for a 7-6 mark and 3.29 ERA (51 ER/139.2 IP) with 160 strikeouts. The right-hander was selected by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Golden Valley High School in California.
Video: 'Hounds' Fillmyer picks up seventh K
Fillmyer, 23, made four relief appearances with the Royals during 2018 Spring Training, posting a 7.71 ERA (4 ER/4.2 IP) with one save, along with four strikeouts. He was acquired by Kansas City in a January 29, 2018 trade from the Oakland Athletics along with right-hander Jesse Hahn in exchange for INF/OF Brandon Moss , LHP Ryan Buchter and cash considerations. Fillmyer pitched the entire 2017 season with Double-A Midland, accumulating an 11-5 record and 3.49 ERA (58 ER/149.2 IP) in 29 starts, adding 115 strikeouts. He was selected by Oakland in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft outof Mercer Community College in New Jersey.
Machado, 24, tallied a 1-1 clip and 6.75 ERA (4 ER/5.1 IP) with six strikeouts compared to two walks in four Cactus League relief outings. The right-hander shot through the Royals minor league system in 2017 with stops in High-A Wilmington, Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Omaha prior to making his Major League debut on September 2 against the Minnesota Twins. He combined for an 8-9 record and 4.54 ERA (56 ER/111.0 IP) with 111 strikeouts in 29 appearances (16 starts) in the minor leagues last year, including a 2-2 clip and 3.63 ERA (14 ER/34.2 IP) in seven Omaha starts. He was signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela on November 17, 2010.
Stout, 24, recorded an 0-1 mark and 12.60 ERA (7 ER/5.0 IP) with five punchouts in four Spring Training outings with Kansas City. He enjoyed an outstanding 2017 campaign in Omaha, posting a 5-2 record and 2.99 ERA (23 ER/69.1 IP) with 56 strikeouts, adding five saves. The southpaw also ranked third among Pacific Coast League relievers with a .227 (58-225) batting average against. He was selected by the Royals in the 13th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Butler University in Indiana.
Zimmer, 26, pitched once for Kansas City in Cactus League action, yielding an earned run in two-thirds of an inning on one hit while walking two. All but one of his 21 appearances in 2017 were with Omaha, combining for no record and 5.40 ERA (22 ER/36.2 IP) with 40 strikeouts compared to 16 walks, adding three saves in as many attempts. The right-hander was selected by the Royals in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of the University of San Francisco.
Video: Omaha's Dozier drills second dinger
Dozier, 26, over 11 Cactus League contests compiled a .235 average (4-17) along with one run, one double and one RBI. He missed most of the 2017 season due to injuries, appearing in just 33 games between High-A Wilmington, Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. The 2016 Omaha Player of the Year accrued a .226 average (19-84) with 11 runs, six doubles, one triple, four homers and 12 RBI in 24 tilts with the Storm Chasers last year. He was selected by the Royals in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.
Among the seven players reassigned to minor league camp were pitchers Scott Blewett and 2017 Royals Paul Splittorff Minor League Pitcher of the Year Foster Griffin , as well as infielders Jack Lopez and Nicky Lopez , and outfielders Donnie Dewees and Terrance Gore . Gore and Jack Lopez both played with Omaha during the 2017 campaign, while the others, could perhaps play in Omaha at some point during the upcoming season.
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