GENEVA—With Major League camps opening in less than three weeks and baseball on the horizon, the Kane County Cougars organization received news on Tuesday afternoon that Baseball America has rated the Kansas City Royals farm system as the best in all of baseball in the soon-to-be-released 2011 Prospect Handbook.
The Cougars are the Class-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and announced a two-year player development contract with Kansas City last September, making for a “KC/KC” relationship and the most Midwest-centered affiliate the Cougars have held since the organization’s inception in 1991. The Cougars have held past affiliations with Baltimore, Florida and Oakland.
“The Royals have one of the deepest and most talented farm systems in recent memory,” said Jim Callis, Executive Editor at Baseball America. “It’s unusual to see a system with three stud hitters like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Wil Myers, or four quality lefties like John Lamb, Mike Montgomery, Danny Duffy and Chris Dwyer, and the Royals have both. To show how highly we regard the Royals system, we ranked it No. 1 before the Zack Greinke trade, which netted more top prospects.”
Seven of the Royals’ Top 10 prospects will be in Major League Spring Training camp next month in Surprise, Ariz. The group includes first baseman Hosmer (ranked No.1), third baseman Moustakas (No.3) and left-handed pitcher Lamb (No.4).
The Cougars’ home opener is set for April 11 and tickets for all 70 regular season games, including group outings, season tickets and packages are on sale now.
Royal events planned for next weekend:
The Cougars will host a pair of events next weekend as anticipation for the 2011 season grows and the organization prepares for its first year as an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Cougars will host a “Meet the Royals” event on Friday, Feb. 4, beginning at 6 p.m. inside Elfstrom Stadium’s Old Second Bank upper deck level. The event will provide fans a introduction to Kane County’s new affiliation with the Kansas City Royals, complete with a speakers series including Vance Wilson, first-year Cougars manager. Royals coaches are also expected to attend.
In addition to meeting members of the Royals family, fans can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet and complimentary draft beer. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $25 for season ticket and ticket package holders. Fans can purchase tables of 8 for $200. Space is limited and fans are encouraged to get their tickets by visiting www.kccougars.com or by calling the Cougars at (630) 232-8811.