Royals add minor leaguers

Baseball America released their latest minor league transaction list on Monday with the KC Royals making a few moves.

As expected, the Dillon Gee signing was listed.

Benino Pruneda

Reliever Benino Pruneda with the Blue Rocks on April 28, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

The Royals also re-signed reliever Benino Pruneda, who spent his first season with the Royals in 2015. He started the year with High-A Wilmington (back in the Carolina League for the fourth year of his seven year career). He may be best known for being a part of the back-to-back no-hitters thrown by Lynchburg pitchers against the Blue Rocks in 2014.

Pruneda didn’t last long back in the CL. He pitched in just five games, allowing just one hit over 7.1 scoreless innings. Though he walked four, he struck out seven. In 31 games with Double-A NW Arkansas, he allowed a .254 batting average, walked 19, and struck out 34 in 38.1 innings.

The Royals signed veteran John Lannan, who will bring some leadership and depth to Triple-A Omaha. He spent the entire 2015 season with Colorado in Triple-A and allowed a .329 average over 152 innings, walked 40, and struck out 83.

They also signed Adriam Castillo and Jeisson Fana, who I cannot find information on.

The Royals lost lefty Troy Patton to free agency, as he signed with the Miami Marlins (with a big league spring training invite). Patton joined Triple-A Omaha in July after signing with the Royals last offseason (and serving his drug suspension). Patton pitched in 20 games with the Storm Chasers and allowed a .216 batting average, walked nine, and struck out 25.

Former Blue Rock Dexter Kjerstad, who was released during the 2015 season, also signed with the Marlins. He hit .247 in 50 games with Wilmington and then went on to play for Amarillo in independent baseball (where he hit .300 in 45 games with 11 home runs).

Best of luck to both with Miami!

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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