Vance Wilson

Vance Wilson currently serves as manager of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals after playing parts of eight seasons at the major league level. Wilson, a former catcher, logged big league stints with the Mets and Tigers, finishing with 403 MLB games played. The fourth year Royals minor league manager recently joined Dave O to discuss both his playing and managing career; topics covered include undergoing two Tommy John surgeries; playing for Jim Leyland; retiring a Royal in his year round home of Springdale; the art of ejection; a typical day as manager; and some very detailed looks at prospects like Hunter Dozier, Christian Binford, Lane Adams, Whit Merrifield, Cheslor Cuthbert and Jason Adam. 30 minutes of pure awesomeness. (Photo Courtesy John Owen/Northwest Arkansas Naturals)

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Nik Stephenson

Nik Stephenson has turned heads all over the Royals organization in 2014, as in his third season of pro ball, the former undrafted pitcher has added 10 MPH to his pitching repertoire. Stephenson, a 6-2 right hander out of Encitas, California, currently anchors the Burlington Royals pitching staff and profiles as one of the favorites among minor league pundits to be the “sleeper of the system.” Nik recently joined Dave O to discuss the almost miracle turnaround, from fearing release in baseball to the weighted ball workouts that turned it all around. (Photo Courtesy Burlington Royals)

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Jeremy Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie is in his third season with the Royals, and was involved in perhaps the best trade in recent Royals memory, as KC sent Jonathan Sanchez to Colorado in exchange for Guthrie. Since coming over, Guthrie is 25-21 with a 3.77 ERA, including a 2013 season that saw him win a career high 15 games and toss a career high 211.2 innings. Guthrie joined Dave O ahead of the team’s nine game road trip which begins in Minnesota. Topics covered, in true A-D-D style, include Guthrie’s favorite MLB umpire, why he’s striking out more guys, climate change, quoting song lyrics and much more! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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Logan Moon

Logan Moon was KC’s 6th round selection in the 2014 draft and a local kid, as the 6-2 centerfielder went to Blue Springs South High School and Missouri Southern University. Moon finished up his collegiate career on fire, hitting .386/.460/.527/.987 with 17 stolen bases for the Lions in his senior campaign. Moon, who will begin his professional career in the Appy League with Burlington, recently joined Dave O the night before his first professional game to talk about growing up a Royals fan, how exciting it is to be drafted by the hometown team and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Logan Moon)

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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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