The Kansas City Royals announced a series of transactions on Thursday that affects their Triple-A affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers roster prior to this evening's doubleheader against the Tacoma Rainiers at Werner Park.
Infielder Frank Schwindel has been transferred to Omaha from Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The 24-year-old in 34 games with the Naturals has posted a .350 average (48-137), adding 17 runs, 13 doubles, six homers and 25 RBI.
At the time of the promotion to the Storm Chasers he ranks first in the Texas League in extra-base hits (19) and slugging percentage (.577), as well as second in total bases (79) and batting average, tied for second in doubles and fourth in hits. He was selected by the Royals in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of St. John's University.
In a corresponding move, outfielder Logan Moon has been transferred to Double-A Northwest Arkansas from Omaha. Moon was hitless in three at-bats with the Storm Chasers in the first game of Omaha's doubleheader on Wednesday. In 24 games with the Naturals this year he has compiled a .280 mark (21-75) with 11 runs, one double, one triple, three homers and 12 RBI.
As a result of these roster moves, Omaha's active roster now stands at 24, in addition to six on the Disabled List.
The Storm Chasers are set to face Tacoma in a doubleheader this evening, with the opening contest scheduled for a 5:05 p.m. CT first pitch. Royals top prospect Josh Staumont (3-2, 3.62) is expected to toe the rubber for Omaha, while University of Omaha-Mavericks alum Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 0.00) is set to pitch for the Rainiers. RHP Christian Binford is anticipated to get the nod for the Storm Chasers in game two and be opposed by LHP Paul Paez (0-0, 0.00).
Both games are scheduled to last seven innings, with the second contest starting approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first tilt. Tickets to tonight's regularly scheduled contest will be good for both games this evening.
Tickets for tonight's matchup and all remaining 2017 Storm Chasers games are still available and can be purchased online at www.omahastormchasers.com/tickets, or by calling the Werner Park Ticket Office at (402) 738-5100. Werner Park Ticket Office hours can be viewed by clicking here.
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