April 11, 2017 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Omaha Storm Chasers
PAPILLION - The Kansas City Royals announced a series of transactions that affects their Triple-A affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers roster prior to tonight's home opening matchup at Werner Park against the Round Rock Express.
Left-hander Matt Strahm, rated by Baseball America as the second-best prospect in the Royals organization prior to this season, has been optioned to Omaha from Kansas City. Strahm split last season between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Kansas City, including a 2-2 record and 1.23 ERA (3 ER/22.0 IP) in 21 appearances with the Royals. Over his 22 outings (18 starts) with the Naturals, he compiled a 3-8 clip and 3.43 ERA (39 ER/102.1 IP) with 107 strikeouts.
Strahm was selected by Kansas City I the 21st round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Neosho County Community College in Kansas. Before this season he was rated the second-best prospect in the Royals organization behind only current Storm Chasers starting pitcher Josh Staumont. Omaha now boasts four of the Kansas City system's top ten prospects in Staumont (#1) and Strahm (#2), in addition to infielder Ryan O'Hearn (#8) and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio (#9).
In addition, Parker Morin has been transferred to Omaha from Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He did not record a hit in five at-bats with the Naturals, though he did drive in a run on April 10. Morin spent the entire 2016 season with the Storm Chasers, batting .184 (43-234) with 21 runs, eight doubles, one triple, one homer and 22 RBI. He was selected by the Royals in the 14th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of the University of Utah.
In corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Andrew Edwards and catcher Brayan Pena have been placed on the Disabled List retroactive to April 9. Edwards yielded three earned runs over two-thirds of a frame on April 7 at Colorado Springs. Pena did not collect a hit in three at-bats in his lone game played on this year on April at Colorado Springs.
As a result of these moves, the Storm Chasers active roster stands at 25, in addition to four players on the Disabled List. A revised roster is attached. Omaha begins their 2017 home slate this evening at Werner Park against the Round Rock Express, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The first 1,500 fans through the gates, which open at 5:30pm tonight, will receive a Storm Chasers Magnet Schedule. LHP Jonathan Dziedzic (0-1, 3.60) is expected to toe the rubber for Omaha, while Round Rock is anticipated to give the nod to RHP Tyler Wagner (0-0, 0.00). Tickets for this evening and all 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.