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Monarchs Sign Former Royals Prospect

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A former Royals prospect with a live arm and high-level experience is coming to the Kansas City Monarchs.

The American Association club signed right-hander Yefri Del Rosario to a contract for the 2024 season, the team announced Friday.

“This is an exciting signing,” Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra said. “Yefri had great numbers in Double-A, he has strikeout potential, he should be a high-velocity guy. When you put all that together it can really add up to something great”

Rosario is the sixth player the Monarchs have signed for 2024. Five are pitchers, including 2023 league All-Star and Parkville native Grant Gavin. See the team’s full roster here.

“We’re excited with our roster, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Calfapietra said.

Born in Miches, Dominican Republic, Del Rosario initially signed with the Atlanta Braves in July 2016. He made his pro debut the following season, pitching mostly in the Gulf Coast League.

The 24-year-old was one of 13 Atlanta prospects who became free agents in November 2017 after the Braves were penalized for violating international signing rules. The Royals signed him in December 2017.

Del Rosario impressed in his first year with his new organization, earning a 3.19 ERA with Class A Lexington over 15 starts. He struck out a career-high nine batters in his first career playoff start to finish off the season.

The right-hander missed the 2019 season with injury, though he did throw simulated games in that year’s fall instructional league. He did not play in 2020 due to the pandemic. He returned to action in 2021 with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Del Rosario’s Triple-A debut came in 2022. Moving to a relief role full-time, he earned a 2.70 ERA over 9 games at the Triple-A level that season, spending the rest of the campaign in Double-A.

Back in Double-A for 2023, Del Rosario delivered a 3.12 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 39 relief outings. He struck out 11.3 batters per nine innings over that span.

Del Rosario has pitched in his native Dominican Republic for three winter league seasons, suiting up for Gigantes Del Cibao in the 2020-21, 2022-23 and 2023-24 campaigns.

The Monarchs’ hope opener is May 16 at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. More information at MonarchsBaseball.com.

About the Kansas City Monarchs

The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. 2024 will be their 21st season at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2020, the team partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and changed their name from the T-Bones to the Monarchs in honor of the legendary Negro League franchise that played from 1920 to 1965. This year, the Monarchs and the museum are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Negro League World Series, won by the Monarchs in 1924.

About the American Association

The American Association of Professional Baseball is an MLB Partner League that began play in 2006. Teams in the league are not affiliated with any one MLB organization. The league consists of 12 teams located primarily in the Midwest and the Great Lakes regions of the United States. Its season runs from May to September and features players who are looking to showcase their talents for a chance to be signed by a major-league team.

Hometown All-Star Gavin Returns To Monarchs

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – One of the Kansas City Monarchs’ All-Star pitchers is coming back to his hometown team.

Grant Gavin, a graduate of St. Pius X in Kansas City, has re-signed with the Monarchs for 2024.

Gavin was one of the top relief arms in the American Association last season. Pitching in multiple roles, the right-hander struck out 13.8 batters per nine innings. That mark led the AAPB among pitchers with at least 50 innings of work.

“Grant was key to our championship pitching staff last year,” Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra said. “He’s one of those guys who goes out there and competes at all times. He really was a stabilizer in our bullpen. He was an All-Star, I think that says it all.”

Gavin was Calfapietra’s biggest workhorse out of the ‘pen in 2023, leading the Monarchs with 37 appearances. He earned a 3.88 ERA and 78/25 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He threw a scoreless inning in the 2023 AAPB All-Star Game in Milwaukee.

The Monarchs are defending the American Association title in 2024. The club’s home opener is May 16 at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. The Monarchs are also hosting the AAPB All-Star Game on July 23.

 

Originally from Parkville Missouri, Gavin was a Royals draft pick in 2016 out of the University of Central Missouri. He played in the Division II College World Series with the Mules in 2016, earning the MIAA’s Relief Pitcher of the Year award that season.

The right-hander posted a 1.65 ERA in his first full year of pro ball between High-A and Class-A in 2017. He was called up to Double-A in the 2019 season.

Gavin made his Triple-A debut with Omaha in 2021, posting a 4.36 ERA in a career-high 48 games. He moved to the Padres organization in the Rule 5 Draft ahead of the 2022 season, striking out just over 10 per nine between Double-A and Triple-A that year.

Find more information on the Monarchs, including tickets, schedule, and event details, at MonarchsBaseball.com.

About the Kansas City Monarchs

The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. 2024 will be their 21st season at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2020, the team partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and changed their name from the T-Bones to the Monarchs in honor of the legendary Negro League franchise that played from 1920 to 1965. This year, the Monarchs and the museum are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Negro League World Series, won by the Monarchs in 1924.

About the American Association

The American Association of Professional Baseball is an MLB Partner League that began play in 2006. Teams in the league are not affiliated with any one MLB organization. The league consists of 12 teams located primarily in the Midwest and the Great Lakes regions of the United States. Its season runs from May to September and features players who are looking to showcase their talents for a chance to be signed by a major-league team.

Former Mizzou Tiger, Strikeout Artist Joins Monarchs

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jacob Cantleberry has struck out batters everywhere he’s been, from the Missouri Tigers to the Dodgers system. His next stop is with the Kansas City Monarchs.

The Monarchs have signed Cantleberry for the 2024 season, the club announced Friday.

Cantleberry, 26, is entering his fifth pro season in 2024. A former Dodgers prospect, he pitched with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers in 2022 and 2023.

The Greenwood, Indiana native sports an impressive 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings in his professional career.

“Jacob definitely has swing-and-miss material,” Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra said. “We feel that he has the potential to be a high-strikeout guy. We’re looking forward to getting him into camp and seeing his stuff.”

The Monarchs open their 2024 season May 10 on the road. Their home opener is May 16 at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.

Cantleberry was Missouri’s primary Friday night starter in 2019, posting a 4.73 ERA and striking out 97 batters, which ranked 13th in the SEC. He earned NJCAA All-American honors at San Jacinto College before heading to Mizzou.

The Dodgers drafted Cantleberry in the 13th round in 2019, moving him to the bullpen. He impressed in his debut season that year, earning a 1.03 ERA in 19 games in the Arizona and Pioneer leagues.

After sitting out 2020 due to the pandemic, Cantleberry made his Class A and High-A debuts in 2021. He was part of a combined no-hitter in July 2021 while with High-A Great Lakes.

Cantleberry cracked Double-A for the first time in 2022, with Tulsa. He began the 2023 season with the Drillers, making two appearances before being released.

Find more information on the Monarchs, including tickets, schedule, and event details, at MonarchsBaseball.com.

About the Kansas City Monarchs

The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. 2024 will be their 21st season at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2020, the team partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and changed their name from the T-Bones to the Monarchs in honor of the legendary Negro League franchise that played from 1920 to 1965. This year, the Monarchs and the museum are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Negro League World Series, won by the Monarchs in 1924.

About the American Association

The American Association of Professional Baseball is an MLB Partner League that began play in 2006. Teams in the league are not affiliated with any one MLB organization. The league consists of 12 teams located primarily in the Midwest and the Great Lakes regions of the United States. Its season runs from May to September and features players who are looking to showcase their talents for a chance to be signed by a major-league team.

Monarchs Champion Yerzy Signs With Brewers

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Andy Yerzy celebrated a league championship with the Kansas City Monarchs in 2023. Now he’s celebrating a move to an MLB organization.

Yerzy has signed a minor-league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. The 25-year-old has been assigned to the Brewers’ Double-A team in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Yerzy, a catcher and first baseman, is the second 2023 Monarch to sign with a major league organization in the 2023-24 offseason. Catcher and infielder Gavin Collins inked a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals in late December.

The Monarchs begin their American Association title defense in May 2024. Their home opener is scheduled for Thursday, May 16. 6 and 12-game ticket packages are available at MonarchsBaseball.com.

Yerzy, a Toronto area native, joined the Monarchs for the final two weeks of the 2023 regular season. He batted .286 with an impressive .457 on-base percentage in 12 games with the team.

“It was great being able to catch every day and play every day and remind myself and anyone watching that I could still play at a high level,” Yerzy said.

Yerzy backed up AAPB Player of the Year Chris Herrmann during the Monarchs’ run to the 2023 league championship.

“It’s nice to play to win, and that was the vibe I got from the team,” Yerzy said. “We were in it to win the entire thing.”

“Andy’s a phenomenal player,” Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra said. “Everything impressed me about him: his catching ability, his throwing arm, his communication with the pitchers. Right away he blended with all the guys immediately.”

“We could tell he was someone who deserved a shot in affiliated ball, and we’re incredibly excited for him.”

Yerzy, who played in Triple-A earlier in the 2023 season, is a second-round draft pick. The Toronto native won a Northwest League title with the Hillsboro Hops in 2019.

The lefty batter posted a .900 OPS between Double-A and Triple-A in the Reds organization in 2023, playing 17 games. It was his first Triple-A action after making it as high as Double-A with the Diamondbacks.

Drafted 52nd overall by Arizona in 2016, Yerzy adjusted relatively quickly to the professional ranks. He delivered a .298 batting average and .834 OPS with Rookie-level Missoula in 2017.

He made the jump to the Northwest League the following season and maintained his production, earning midseason and postseason All-Star honors. The York Mills Collegiate Institute grad batted .297 with an .834 OPS and 8 home runs in 63 games over his first year with the Hops.

Yerzy made his Double-A debut in 2021. He posted an .813 OPS between Class A, High-A and Double-A that season.

Find the Monarchs’ schedule, news and ticket information at MonarchsBaseball.com.

Monarchs Ink ‘Competitive’ Righty Keys

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A competitive right-hander with a great curveball has joined the Kansas City Monarchs’ pitching staff.

Right-hander JC Keys has signed with the reigning American Association champions for the 2024 season, the Monarchs announced Monday.

Keys, a 27-year-old former Reds prospect, is the third player Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra has signed for the 2024 season. He joins returning infielder Cameron Cannon and pitcher Juan Mejia.

“JC’s a highly competitive guy. He has a plus curveball and an above-average fastball that goes with it,” Calfapietra said. “He was a highly-regarded player in the Reds system and we’re excited to welcome him to our organization.”

A 27-year-old with three seasons of professional experience, Keys has struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings in his professional career.

The Monarchs open their season on May 10 in Sioux City. The club’s home opener is set for Thursday, May 16 at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. Find the Monarchs’ full schedule at MonarchsBaseball.com/Schedule.

A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Keys played four years of college ball at Southern Miss, his hometown school.

He became one of the Eagles’ top relief arms, striking out 14.2 batters per nine innings his senior year in 2019. He held opponents to a .189 batting average that season.

Keys earned a 9.4 K/9 over his 63 career appearances (13 starts) at Southern Miss.

The Reds drafted Keys in the 23rd round in 2019; he’d make his pro debut in the Appalachian League that season.

After missing 2020 due to the pandemic, Keys spent 2021 between High-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga.

His last season of pro baseball came in 2022, where he spent the entire season in Chattanooga’s bullpen. All but nine of Keys’ 62 career Minor League appearances have come in relief.

Monarchs ticket packages are available now at MonarchsBaseball.com/Tickets.

Monarchs Sign First Two Players To 2024 Roster

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City Monarchs have completed the first step of their title defense. Manager Joe Calfapietra has signed his first two players to join the reigning champions of the American Association for 2024.

Infielder Cameron Cannon rejoins the Monarchs after suiting up for the club toward the end of the 2023 regular season. Pitcher Juan Mejia, a former Rangers prospect, will make his AAPB debut in 2024.

The Monarchs’ home opener is set for Thursday, May 16 at Legends Field. Fans can learn more about 2024 ticket packages at MonarchsBaseball.com/Tickets.

CANNON CAN BALL

A second-round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2019, Cannon was an All-American at the University of Arizona.

The Arizona native played eight games with the Monarchs in August 2023 before missing the end of the season and playoffs with injury.

“We feel Cameron’s going to be an impactful player for us,” Calfapietra said. “He’s a guy who can play well and show he can play at the next level, and we’re excited to give him that opportunity.”

Cannon, 26, made it as high as Triple-A in his affiliated career, with Boston’s organization in 2022. He began 2023 at the Double-A level in the Phillies system.

The righty hitter owns a .244 batting average, 22 home runs, and 15 steals over 243 Minor League games.

MEJIA THE MONARCH

Mejia, 25, is entering his seventh year of professional baseball and fourth in the United States, all with the Rangers organization.

The Dominican Republic native has made it as high as Triple-A in his affiliated career, though he spent most of 2023 at the High-A and Double-A levels. He posted a 4.94 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 25 games (five starts) across four MiLB levels in 2023.

“Juan’s a good young arm; he’s a strike thrower; he has some versatility,” Calfapietra said. “He’s a solid pitcher who we feel can help the ball club in a lot of different ways.”

Mejia was a starter in his two years with the Rangers’ Dominican Summer League affiliate, earning a 2.15 ERA over 12 starts in 2018. Most of his appearances in the U.S. have been out of the bullpen.

Mejia’s best season in the U.S. came in 2021, when he earned a 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 10.8 K/9 in 11 relief appearances between Rookie, High-A and Double-A ball.

Find the Monarchs’ full schedule at MonarchsBaseball.com/Schedule.

 

 

 

 

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Kansas City Event Guide

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KC Concerts

Located a short drive from downtown KCMO, you are in a great position to enjoy some of the world’s most talented musicians with The Midland, Azura Amphitheater or Uptown Theater tickets. T-Mobile Center is perhaps the most high-profile venue in Kansas City, hosting artists like AJR, Olivia Rodrigo and Zach Bryan throughout the year.

Professional Sports in KC

In addition to the Monarchs of the American Association, Kansas City is also home to several professional sports teams including our neighbors, Sporting KC. For a real adrenaline rush, the Kansas Speedway attracts NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Truck Series races throughout the year, bringing the world’s top drivers to KCK.

On the other side of the state line, you can find the MLB’s Kansas City Royals, and NFL’s Chiefs as well as the NWSL’s Kansas City Current. The Current, who used to play at Children’s Mercy Park, just built a new stadium in downtown KC that overlooks the Missouri River.

Additional Teams:

  • Missouri Mavericks – Central Hockey League
  • Kansas City Comets – Major Indoor Soccer League

Theatre in Kansas City

If you are looking for Broadway in Kansas City, then the Music Hall in downtown KC or Starlight Theatre in Swope Park are the places to be. For a symphony show or ballet, you will not want to miss an opportunity to enjoy the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This stunning building, which is inspired by the Sydney Opera House, is home to the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

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Monarchs All-Star Collins Signs With Cardinals

KANSAS CITY Kan. — Gavin Collins wowed Kansas City Monarchs fans with All-Star-level play in 2023. Next year, he’ll take another step in his baseball career.

Collins, part of the Monarchs’ 2023 squad that won the American Association title, has signed a contract with the Cardinals organization for 2024.

“This is the best Christmas gift I could’ve asked for!” Collins said. “The Monarchs welcomed me with open arms and let me compete every day with complete confidence in me. Without that and the incredible teammates I had I don’t think this opportunity would’ve been possible. Stoked for this chapter!”

“We’re super excited that another monarch got an opportunity with a big-league organization,” Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra said. “Gavin is a great teammate, and his work ethic is second to none. The will to win, the passion to compete is off the charts with him. His special journey hopefully completes with an opportunity to play in the major leagues.”

Since January 1, 2017 (the year Calfapietra arrived) 41 Kansas City players have been signed by MLB organizations, the most in the American Association. 18 different MLB teams have signed Monarchs/T-Bones players over that span.

The Monarchs will defend the Miles Wolff Cup in 2024. The team’s first game is Friday, May 10 on the road with the home opener set for Thursday, May 16. See the full schedule here.

Collins posted a .314 batting average over 62 games in 2023. That mark ranked second on the Monarchs, trailing only league Player of the Year Chris Herrmann. Collins earned a .382 on-base percentage and .515 slugging percentage, good for an .897 OPS that ranked third on the team.

He also showcased his versatility in the field, suiting up at catcher, third base and first base.

Collins was a 13th-round draft choice by Cleveland in 2016 after an impressive college career at Mississippi State. He hit .302 with a .922 OPS in his final year with the Bulldogs in 2016.

The California native has reached as high as Triple-A, suiting up for Columbus in 2021 and 2022 while with the Guardians. He played 16 MLB spring training games with the Tampa Bay Rays before the 2023 season, hitting one home run.

Monarchs season ticket packages, including six-game and 12-game flex plans, are available now at MonarchsBaseball.com/tickets.

MVS Charity Softball Game Returns June 6, 2024

The must-see summer event for Kansas City football fans is back!

The 2nd Annual Marquez Valdes-Scantling Charity Softball Game benefiting his Humble Beginnings Foundation will be held at Legends Field, home of the Kansas City Monarchs, on Thursday, June 6th at 6:30pm. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 10am CST at MonarchsBaseball.com or MVSCharitySoftball.com. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Super Bowl LVII Champion, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS) kicked off his Humble Beginnings Foundation with the 2023 charity softball game where he and over 50 of his Kansas City Chiefs teammates battled it out on the diamond for a good cause. The game featured a Homerun Derby won by Patrick Mahomes and a seven inning Chiefs offense vs. defense softball game with offense pulling out a win. MVS’s Humble Beginnings Foundation raised over $200,000 in year one donating a portion of the proceeds back to four Kansas City organizations he feels strongly about: KC Common Good, KC Mother’s in Charge, Cornerstones of Care and Community Linc. This year the event will be amplified with a pre-game tailgate in the parking lot. We are hopeful for a sellout crowd and even more impactful funds raised for the Greater Kansas City area.

MVS stated: “Growing up on the south side of St. Petersburg, FL, I saw children in economically disadvantaged areas and a large population of homeless individuals. Personally, I was fortunate enough to have a tremendous family who sacrificed everything to provide for me. My family instilled in me the importance of volunteering and giving back to my community. Kansas City has welcomed me with open arms and I am excited to continue making an impact here on and off the field and showing the fans who I really am.”

Ticket Information – On Sale Wednesday, November 15th at 10am CST

Tickets for the softball game will start at $25 for bleacher seats and general admission, reserved seating at $50 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $150 for the best seats in the house that include a MVS autographed Kansas City Chiefs mini-helmet. There will be 50 available on-field meet & greets available for an additional $1,000 to your ticket where fans get to watch the homerun derby on-field and meet & greet with MVS and a select number of players. All tickets and parking passes can be purchased at MonarchsBaseball.com or in person at Legends Field Box Office, the add-on meet & greet can be purchased at MVSCharitySoftball.com.

If you are interested in suites, party deck or sponsorship donation opportunities, please contact Carley Sanfilippo at Team Lammi Sports Management at csanfilippo@team-lammi.com.

For more information on the 2nd Annual Marquez Valdes-Scantling Charity Softball Game please visit www.mvscharitysoftball.com or follow us at @mvscharitysoftball on Instagram

The Humble Beginnings Foundation:

The Humble Beginnings Foundation was started in 2023 to help individuals in economically disadvantaged areas receive aid and resources to better themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. Our mission is to help children and adults achieve a sustainable and functional lifestyle.

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About MaxFun Live

MaxFun Live is a fan-focused Kansas City based producer of live sports and entertainment events. We are passionate about creating experiences that are entertaining, engaging and memorable. We are also the proud owners of the 2021 American Association Kansas City Monarchs Baseball Team. We manage Legend’s Field – a 5,600+ seat stadium (capacity up to 20,000 with the field) located in Kansas City, Kansas adjacent to Kansas Speedway and Children’s Mercy Park (home to Sporting Kansas City).

Reigning Champion Monarchs Announce 2024 Schedule

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas City Monarchs fans can mark their calendars. They know exactly when their team will start their defense of the American Association championship.

The Monarchs will play their 2024 home opener on May 16, part of a 100-game regular-season schedule released Tuesday by the American Association of Professional Baseball.

Read the full schedule here.

The reigning league champion Monarchs open the 2024 season in Sioux City on May 10, finishing the season on Labor Day. Their final regular-season home game is August 29.

Legends Field will also host the 2024 American Association Home Run Derby on July 22 and American Association All-Star Game on July 23.

The 2024 season carries special significance for the Monarchs. It’s the 100th anniversary of the historical Monarchs’ triumph over Hilldale in the first ever Negro League World Series.

Fans can get in on the action right now by purchasing the Monarchs’ Holiday Pack. The deal includes four tickets each to four games, including the home opener on May 16, plus a Monty bobblehead, all for $299. Fans can purchase the Holiday Pack and other offers at tickets.monarchsbaseball.com.

Exciting promotions, giveaways and theme nights for Monarchs games will be announced at a later date.

A few highlights of the Monarchs’ 2024 schedule:

– The Monarchs’ Monday through Saturday home games will start at 6:35 p.m. in 2024. This is a change from 2023, when Monday through Friday games started at 7 p.m. and Saturday games started at 6 p.m.  The change makes game times more straightforward and allows fans to head home sooner when attending weeknight games.

– Kansas City’s first game of the year is May 10 in Sioux City. The Explorers will be out for revenge after the Monarchs defeated them 2-1 in the 2023 West Division Championship Series.

– Sunday matinees are back for 2024, with all nine of the Monarchs’ Sunday home games starting at 1:05 p.m.

– The Monarchs have two additional day games on Wednesday, June 12 and Tuesday, July 16. Both games start at 11:05 a.m.

– The Chicago Dogs come to Legends Field August 13-15 in a rematch of the 2023 Wolff Cup Finals. The Monarchs won the series 3-1 last September to claim the American Association title. The teams’ only other matchup of the regular season is June 21-23 from Impact Field outside of Chicago.

– The Monarchs’ longest homestand of the season runs from August 5-18. The stretch features 12 games over 14 days, capped off by the Monarchs’ home matchup with Milwaukee, who won the East Division in the regular season.

– August is a jam-packed month for Monarchs baseball. Kansas City plays 18 home games that month, including matchups with division rivals Sioux City, Lincoln and Fargo-Moorhead.

– Kansas City’s longest road trip of 2024 is set for May 27 through June 6. The Monarchs will visit Lake Country, Gary SouthShore and Sioux Falls before returning home June 7.

– The Monarchs’ final regular-season home game is scheduled for Labor Day, September 2, on the road against the Sioux Falls Canaries.