Buddy Baumann

Buddy Baumann has been a consistent performer in the Royals minor league system since signing with KC in 2009, as the 5-10 left hander owns a career ERA of 2.97 and 9.6 K/9 in 146 minor league appearances. Baumann has been especially impressive since joining Omaha last season, as the former 7th round draft pick has a combined 2.10 ERA at the AAA level to go along with 9.9 K/9. Baumann recently joined Dave O to talk about pitching for a loaded Missouri State club, baseball movies, all of his Royal minor league stops, being an underdog and much more! (Photo Courtesy Minda Haas)

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Eric Skoglund

The Royals selected Eric Skoglund in the 3rd round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Central Florida. While with the Golden Knights, Skoglund was named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year during the 2014 season, finishing 9-3 with a 2.54 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 110 innings. Skoglund, a 6-7 lefty, recently joined Dave O within hours of arriving in Surprise, Arizona to begin his professional career. Topics covered included how Skoglund had ZERO idea the Royals would select him, a detailed scouting report on himself, his TRUE height and weight, the excitement of becoming a Royal and lots more! (Photo Courtesy University Of Central Florida Athletic Department)

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Chase Vallot

The Royals chose Chase Vallot with the 40th selection in Competitive Balance Round A of the 2014 draft and with that, received one of the most advanced high school bats in the country. Vallot, who played at St. Thomas More High School (La.), hit .545 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs in 36 games this spring and with that, helped lead the Cougars to the state championship while being named the Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year. Vallot joined Dave O from The Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City, just hours after officially signing, to discuss his trip to Kansas City, what he knew about the Royals prior to the draft, what Royals fans can expect and much more! (Photo Courtesy Perfect Game)

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Ryan O’Hearn

The Royals selected lefty slugger Ryan O’Hearn with their 8th round selection in the 2014 Draft and when you look at his numbers, it’s easy to see why. O’Hearn, a former second team High School All-American by Baseball America, finished his junior season at Sam Houston State with a mark of .292/.348/.451/.799 to go along with 8 home runs, and it’s widely believed within baseball circles that the best power is yet to come. O’Hearn was one of two Bearkats KC selected in this year’s draft (Corey Toups being the other, and also interviewed here on Clubhouse Conversation) and recently joined Dave O to discuss his amateur prowess with the guitar, where he spent draft day, the excitement of becoming a Royal and much more! (Photo Courtesy Sam Houston State Athletic Department)

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Robert Pehl

Robert Pehl was selected by the Royals in the 11th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Washington. A former Cape Cod League All-Star and Summer Baseball All-American, Pehl gives the Royals upside with his bat and power in the corner outfield. Pehl recently joined Dave O the day after being selected to talk Cape Cod League baseball, the amazing movie Summer Catch, becoming a Kansas City Royal and gobs more! (Photo Courtesy University Of Washington Athletic Department)

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Eric Stout

Eric Stout was taken by the Royals in the 13th round of the 2014 Draft out of Butler University. As a junior this past spring, the 6-3 left hander finished 4th in the Big East in strikeouts and 7th in games started. Stout recently joined Dave O to talk about the struggles of being a lifelong Cubs fan, watching the Kane County Cougars, what it means to become a Royal, being a pretty good basketball player and much more. (Photo Courtesy Butler University Athletic Department)

 

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Corey Toups

Corey Toups was the 15th round selection of the Royals in the 2014 draft and a shortstop out of Sam Houston State. Toups, a college teammate of KC’s 8th round selection Ryan O’Hearn (also interviewed here on Clubhouse Conversation), is known for his spectacular defense and steady bat, hitting .300/.386/.494/.880 as a junior. Toups recently joined Dave O to talk about the amazing feeling of being drafted, what he knew about the Royals, info about Ryan O’Hearn and much more! (Photo Courtesy Sam Houston State Athletic Department)

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Brennan Henry

Brennan Henry was taken by the Royals in the 17th round of the 2014 draft after previously being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 25th round of 2012. Henry, a 6-4 left hander, earned 2nd team all-conference (MCAC) honors at Bellevue (Neb.) University in 2014 after going 9-2 with 101 strikeouts in 77.2 innings pitched. Henry joined Dave O the day after being drafted to talk about the first time he got taken by Philadelphia, the sheer excitement of becoming a Royal, where he spent this Draft Day and much more. (Photo Courtesy Bellevue University Athletic Department)

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Spencer Patton

Spencer Patton might be a name that the casual Royals fan isn’t familiar with, but it probably won’t stay that way for long. That’s because Patton, who currently serves as Omaha’s closer, has eye popping numbers, including 10 saves, a 1.07 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. That follows up a 2013 season when the right hander had a combined 1.86 ERA between Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas, including a 1.02 WHIP to go along with 11.3 K/9. The former 24th round selection of the Royals out of SIU-Edwardsville recently joined Dave O to talk about his journey from repeating rookie ball twice in Idaho Falls to arguably becoming the top relief pitching prospect in the entire system. (Photo Courtesy Northwest Arkansas Naturals)

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Justin Trapp

Justin Trapp was selected by the Royals in the 34th round of the 2009 draft out of Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro, South Carolina and turned down a chance to play both football and baseball at Coastal Carolina to sign with Kansas City. Trapp, a 5’10” second baseman, currently plays for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals after spending last off-season playing winter ball in Australia. He is considered one of the biggest “sleeper prospects” in the Royals system, and recently took time out from his busy season to join Dave O and talk about his time “down under,” what it’s like being around MLB guys like Mitch Maier and Vance Wilson, his thoughts on several of his teammates and lots more! (Photo Courtesy John Owen/Northwest Arkansas Naturals)

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