KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A big-league All-Star is coming to the Kansas City Monarchs.
Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera has signed with the American Association club, the Monarchs announced Thursday.
Herrera has seven seasons of MLB experience from 2015 to 2022, all with the Phillies. He owns a career .271/.326/.419 slash line in the bigs.
— Philly Sports Today (@PHISportsToday) August 7, 2021
“We’re very excited to have such a great talent join our franchise,” Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra said. “We’re looking forward to the great things Odubel can do on and off the field for our organization, and we’re going to do our best to help him fulfill his goal of returning to the major leagues.”
The native of Venezuela earned his All-Star selection in 2016. He hit .286 with a .781 OPS that season for Philadelphia, hitting 15 home runs and stealing 25 bases.
Herrera joins the Monarchs after Kansas City lost center fielder Johneshwy Fargas and third baseman Edwin Diaz, both of whom had their contracts transferred to a Mexican League team on Monday.
Like Fargas, Herrera has his fair share of highlight-reel plays in a big-league outfield.
— The Liberty Line (@LibertyLinePHL) May 27, 2021
Originally a Rangers prospect, Herrera made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2009 at the age of 17. He was in Double-A three years later.
The Phillies selected Herrera in the Rule 5 draft ahead of the 2015 season. He made his MLB debut on Opening Day, April 6, 2015.
Odubel Herrera's second-career leadoff homer. pic.twitter.com/NgXpUV5wu5
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 19, 2021
Herrera stayed with the Phillies organization through August 2022. He played last winter in the Venezuelan winter league, his third season on the circuit. He was named the league’s most valuable player in 2015.
The Monarchs are 23-13 on the season after a come-from-behind win Wednesday against the Sioux City Explorers. They’re tied for first in the American Association West heading into Thursday’s action.
About the Kansas City Monarchs
The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. This year, they are celebrating their 20th year of baseball 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. The Monarchs won ten Negro American League championships and two Negro League World Series championships in their history. The team featured numerous notable players over the years, including Hall of Famers Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, and Buck O’Neil.
About the American Association
The American Association of Professional Baseball played its first season in 2006. It is a professional partner league that is affiliated with Major League Baseball but not specifically with any one team. The league consists of 12 teams located primarily in the Midwest and the South 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.