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.

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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.