PRESS RELEASE – The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club’s Triple-A and Double-A affiliates, the Omaha Storm Chasers and Northwest Arkansas Naturals, will compete in an exhibition game following the Kansas City Royals-Los Angeles Angels 12:10 p.m. contest on Saturday, April 2nd at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
The Storm Chasers and Naturals will face off approximately 30 minutes after the Major League game, with admission free to all fans with a ticket to the Royals-Angels contest. In addition, the Storm Chasers will be offering an exclusive bus trip from the Omaha metro area, with details yet to be announced.
“This will be a tremendous opportunity for fans across the region to see the amazing talent that we’ll have at Werner Park over the next few seasons,” said Martie Cordaro, Storm Chasers Vice President and General Manager. “It will also be the first time the Storm Chasers take the field in our new uniforms, which should be exciting to see.”
Though rosters will not be set until the close of Spring Training, the intra-organizational matchup could include as many as seven of Kansas City’s Top-10 prospects according to Baseball America, including 1B Eric Hosmer (No. 1), 3B Mike Moustakas (No. 3), LHP John Lamb (No. 4), LHP Mike Montgomery (No. 5), LHP Danny Duffy (No. 7), LHP Chris Dwyer (No. 8) and RHP Aaron Crow (No. 9).
Moustakas is coming off a monster 2010 season in which he batted .322 with 36 home runs and 124 RBI between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. In an August 30 game at Rosenblatt Stadium, “Moose” clubbed three home runs and drove in a modern-PCL record 11 runs, capping a remarkable campaign that earned him Minor League Baseball’s Joe Bauman Home Run Award. Moustakas was one of nine All-Stars representing the Texas League Champion Naturals, many of which could see time in Omaha this season.
The announcement comes on the same day as the Kansas City Royals Caravan trip to Omaha, with current players and past stars visiting Children’s Hospital & Medical Center from 4-5 p.m., followed by a public event at Ultimate Baseball Academy, located at 120th and I street, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.