AJ Puckett

AJ Puckett was Kansas City’s first selection in the 2016 June Amateur Draft (67th overall) and finished his initial summer of pro ball with a 3.68 ERA in 13 starts (58.2 IP) with the Lexington Legends. A 6-4 righty out of Pepperdine, Puckett has a fascinating past, including playing both football and baseball at the famed De La Salle High School (Concord, California), going through a three day medically induced coma, being drafted twice and lots more! He joined Dave O following his final start of 2016 to talk about all of that plus being a film major (lots of movie talk!), his 45.2 scoreless inning streak at Pepperdine (third longest in NCAA history), the striking sound of his Grandma’s voice and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Mary Lay/Lexington Legends)

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Andrew Edwards

Andrew Edwards enters August 8th with combined 2016 marks of 34 games, a 2.79 ERA and 65 K’s in 51.2 IP between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. A 6-6 righty, Edwards was KC’s 19th round selection in 2013 out of Western Kentucky and finds himself a key member of Omaha’s bullpen and a guy who’s firmly entrenched on Kansas City’s radar. Andrew caught up with Dave O to discuss his increase in velocity to the upper 90’s, a peak into the life of AAA travel, scouting reports on some of his Omaha teammates and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Minda Haas Kuhlmann)

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Chase Vallot

Selected by the Royals in the 1st round of the 2014 draft, Chase Vallot was just 17 years old when he embarked on his professional baseball career. Since then, the power hitting catcher has logged time with Burlington and Lexington, where he was named a 2016 All-Star with marks of .393/.531/.925 and 8 HR’s in 43 games. Still just 19 years old, the top prospect joined Dave O on Friday morning July 15th to talk about his recovery from being hit by a 93 MPH in the face last month, the role Mike Sweeney has played in his life, his progress both offensively and defensively, Pokemon Go and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Beth Mallard/Lexington Legends Booster Club)

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Matt Strahm

Matt Strahm continues to knock on the proverbial “Kansas City door,” as the 6-3 lefty currently sports a 3.17 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 87 K’s in 88 IP at AA Northwest Arkansas. Added to the Royals 40 man roster last winter, the Fargo, North Dakota native began 2016 as the 8th ranked prospect in the Royals organization according to Baseball America. He joined Dave O on Friday, July 8th from Midland, Texas to talk about the excitement of being added to the 40 man roster, the ongoing work on perfecting the changeup, an update on whether or not the 90’s movie Fargo has been viewed yet and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Alan Jamison/NWA Naturals)

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Ryan O’Hearn

Ryan O’Hearn checks in for the third time with Clubhouse Conversation and continues to rise up through the Royals system and prospect ranks at a speedy rate (unanimous Top 10 mid-season Royals prospect). Selected in the 8th round of the 2014 draft out of Sam Houston State, O’Hearn was the Pioneer League MVP that summer after leading the league in runs, hits, OPS and slugging percentage. A year ago, O’Hearn cranked 27 home runs with an .817 OPS at Lexington/Wilmington and as of June 24th, the left handed slugger has a combined 14 home runs and .949 OPS between Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas, where he currently plays first base. He joined Dave O from Tulsa to discuss ping pong, continental breakfasts, weight lifting and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Alan Jamison/NWA Naturals)

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2016 Draft Pick Series: Travis Eckert

Travis Eckert was selected by the Royals in the 7th round (223rd overall) of Friday’s 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft. A 6-2 right handed pitcher, Eckert comes to the Royals via Oregon State, where he was the Beavers #1 starter during his senior campaign (6-4, 3.28 ERA). Travis was also drafted in 2015 by the San Francisco Giants (20th round) but elected to return for his senior season at Oregon State. He recently joined Dave O to talk about being drafted twice, why he returned to school, his surprise and excitement in the Royals being the team that selected him and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Oregon State University)

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2016 Draft Pick Series: Walker Sheller

Walker Sheller was selected by the Royals in the 9th round (283rd overall) of Friday’s 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft. A 6-3 right handed reliever, the Royals chose Sheller out of Stetson University, where he saved 12 games as a junior with a 1.38 ERA and 44 K’s in 45.2 IP. The Jacksonville, Florida native joined Dave O less than 72 hours after his selection to talk about the uniqueness of his TWO different deliveries, multiple past connections to the Royals, a claim to fame on the 17th hole at Sawgrass and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Stetson University)

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2016 Draft Pick Series: Nicky Lopez

Nicky Lopez was selected by the Royals in the 5th round (163rd overall) of Friday’s 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft. A 5-10 shortstop, Lopez comes to the Royals from Creighton University, where he was second team All-Big East in 2016 after hitting .306 (.387 on base) with 11 doubles, five triples and two home runs. Known as near big league ready with the glove, the Chicagoland native joined Dave O less than 72 hours after being drafted to talk about the best Chicago Style Pizza, coming back from a torn meniscus (and surgery) in just eight games, his pre-draft workout at “The K” and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Creighton University)

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2016 Draft Pick Series: Cal Jones

Cal Jones was selected by the Royals in the 6th round (193rd overall) of Friday’s 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft. A centerfielder and Alabama commit, Jones hails from Dadeville, Alabama, where his 2016 high school numbers look like a video game – an average of .516, .593 on-base percentage, 10 home runs, 41 RBI’s, 55 runs and 10 steals in 122 at bats. He joined Dave O less than 48 hours after his selection to talk about being the first player from his hometown of 3,000 drafted in 28 years, choosing pro baseball over college, Bo Jackson, the happiness of being a Royal and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Cal Jones)

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2016 Draft Pick Series: Richard Lovelady

Richard Lovelady was selected by the Royals in the 10th round (313th overall) of Friday’s 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft. A 6-0 left handed pitcher, Lovelady comes to the Royals via Kennesaw State University, where he was in the top three nationwide in 2016 appearances (37). Lovelady finished this past season with a 2.96 ERA, 45.2 IP, 52 K’s and an opponent’s batting average of just .186. He recently joined Dave O to give a full scouting report, his surprise on being drafted so early, his thoughts on having a legendary name and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Kennesaw State University)

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