2024 ROSTER

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PITCHERS

#11 Kevin Milam

#11 Kevin Milam

Right-hander

- Joins Monarchs after parts of two seasons in Mexican League

- Former Yankees prospect, has made it as high as High-A

- Two-way player at St. Mary’s College, earned All-American honors

#13 Abiatal Avelino

#13 Abiatal Avelino

Right-hander

-Has played in the majors with the San Francisco Giants in 2018 and 2019, totaling 10 games of MLB action

- The right-hander has five career pitching appearances, all with Double-A Tulsa in the Dodgers’ system in 2022

- Avelino threw five innings in 2022 without allowing a run

#16 Gabriel Ponce

#16 Gabriel Ponce

Right-hander

- The 25-year-old has featured in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, featuring in Spring Training and reaching as high as Triple-A.

- Made waves in Minor League Baseball, holding a career 11.1 K/9 during his time in the Jays’ system.

- He struck out a career-most 82 batters in 2023 in 61 innings of work.

- Ponce is a former 29th-round draft pick out from his home state of Arizona, finishing his collegiate career at Arizona Western College.

#17 J.C. Keys

#17 J.C. Keys

Right-hander

- 27-year-old former Reds prospect entering his fourth pro season

- 10.3 K/9 as a pro (62 G, 9 S)

- Played for years at Southern Miss, posting a 14.2 K/9 and .189 BAA his senior season in 2019

- Known for his outstanding curveball

#19 Julian Garcia

#19 Julian Garcia

Right-hander

- Former Phillies prospect, has made it as high as Triple-A

- 10.1 K/9 in 6 MiLB seasons

- Starred in college at Metro State University of Denver, posting 2.90 ERA as a sophomore in 2016

#23 A.J. Alexy

#23 A.J. Alexy

Right-hander

- Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016

- Made 9 appearances with Texas

- Holds a 4-2 record over 30 major league innings

- Made his MLB debut at just 23 years old, starting his professional career with 11 consecutive scoreless innings

#26 Jackson Goddard

#26 Jackson Goddard

Right-Hander

- 3rd-round draft pick by Diamondbacks out of Kansas

- Played 3 years with Jayhawks, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors

- 3.76 ERA, 8.8 K/9 in four pro seasons

#27 Nate Tellier

#27 Nate Tellier

Right-hander

- 25-year-old former Red Sox prospect (his hometown team)

- 12.1 K/9 over 72 career MiLB appearances

- Two-way star at UMass Dartmouth in college

- Known for the life on his fastball, which can miss bats

#30 Jonathan Sprinkle

#30 Jonathan Sprinkle

Right-hander

- From Overland Park, Kansas, went to Blue Valley Northwest HS

- First-Team All-MIAA at Central Missouri in 2019

- 13.7 K/9 in three years as Astros prospect, in Double-A last season

#31 Connor Curlis

#31 Connor Curlis

Left-hander

- Spent the past three seasons with the Cincinnati Reds Double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts.

- The southpaw accumulated over 217 innings for the Lookouts with a 2.53 strikeouts-to-walk ratio.

- Teammates with fellow Kansas City pitcher, J.C. Keys, in Chattanooga. The two both spent the 2021 and 2022 MiLB seasons in Tennessee.

- Has made 55 career starts in MiLB, while also making 38 appearances in relief.

#32 Zack Leban

#32 Zack Leban

Right-hander

- Former Kansas closer, led the Big 12 in saves in 2018

- Has struck out 10 batters per nine innings in 4 seasons with Marlins system, reached as high as Triple-A

- Teammates with fellow Monarch Jackson Goddard at KU

- 2.38 ERA with Ponce in Puerto Rican winter league in 2023-24

#33 Jackson McClelland

#33 Jackson McClelland

Right-hander

- Former Blue Jays, Cubs and Royals prospect, has played as high as Triple-A

- Signed out of Monarchs camp by Royals in spring 2023

- 3.62 ERA, 9.4 K/9 across 7 MiLB seasons

- Has an impressive fastball-slider combination

#40 Duncan Snider

#40 Duncan Snider

Right-hander

- This is Snider’s third season in the AAPB after time with the Houston Apollos in 2021 and the DockHounds in part of 2022

- Snider commanded the hill in his first season with Lake Country with 52 strikeouts to just 16 walks in 38.1 innings

- The Muscatine, Iowa native delivered a strong 6-1 record with a 4.31 ERA in his first season in affiliated ball

#46 Hunter McMahon

#46 Hunter McMahon

Right-hander

- Joined the Monarchs from Twins system, played in Triple-A last season

- Kansas City, MO native out of Staley HS, played college ball at Texas State

- Outstanding 2022 season: 0.90 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, promoted three times

- 9th-round pick by Nationals

#93 Damon Jones

#93 Damon Jones

Left-hander

- Made five appearances for the Phillies during the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

- Missed all of the 2023 season, beginning this season with Olmecas de Tabasco of the Mexican League

- The Twin Falls, Idaho native spent three separate seasons in Triple-A, holding a 2.25 ERA in 2022

- Recorded a career 3.61 ERA in five seasons in MiLB

POSITION PLAYERS

#1 Travis Swaggerty

#1 Travis Swaggerty

Outfielder

- 10th overall pick in 2018 MLB Draft by Pirates

- Made MLB debut with Pittsburgh in 2022, playing in 5 games

- 27 HR and 59 SB in 314 MiLB games

- Two-time All-Sun Belt at U. of South Alabama

#2 Frankie Tostado

#2 Frankie Tostado

First Baseman, Outfielder

- Former Giants and Nationals prospect; made his Triple-A debut in 2023

- A two-time MiLB.com Organization All-Star with the Giants

- Has 60 homers and 82 doubles over 5 MiLB seasons

- Outstanding defensive first baseman, can also play outfield

#3 Josh Bissonette

#3 Josh Bissonette

Infielder

- Came to Monarchs straight from Triple-A in the Pirates organization

- Played four years at Baylor, where he earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors

- Has played three infield positions as well as left field in MiLB

#4 Ross Adolph

#4 Ross Adolph

Outfielder

- Played in MLB spring training with Astros in 2024

- 12th-round draft pick by the Mets out of the University of Toledo in 2018

- MiLB.com Organization All-Star honoree

- In Triple-A with Astros in 2023

#6 Chavez Young

#6 Chavez Young

Outfielder

- Has 158 stolen bases in 8 seasons in the minor leagues

- Stole 44 bases in 2018 for Single-A Lansing, leading the Lugnuts to a MiLB-best 208 steals that season

- In Triple-A with Nashville Sounds

#10 Channy Ortiz

#10 Channy Ortiz

Infielder

- Former Diamondbacks prospect, played in High-A in 2023

- Played four games with Chihuahua in the Mexican League earlier in 2024

- 133 hits and 15 steals in 181 MiLB games

#12 Herbert Iser

#12 Herbert Iser

Catcher

- Former Phillies Triple-A catcher with four years of pro experience

- Played in two NJCAA World Series at San Jacinto College

- Ranked the No. 7 catcher in the nation as a senior in high school by Perfect Game

- Spent 2023 with Double-A Reading

#15 Hayden Jones

#15 Hayden Jones

Catcher

- Former Reds prospect, played college ball at Mississippi State and Illinois State

- Played with High-A Dayton in 2023

- Threw out 38% of potential base stealers last season

#18 Trent Giambrone

#18 Trent Giambrone

Infielder

- Former major leaguer with Chicago Cubs in 2021

- 22 home runs with York (Atlantic League) in 2023

- Versatile in the field, has played four different positions in 2024 alone

- ABCA/Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year Award winner at Delta State University

#45 Danny Amaral

#45 Danny Amaral

Outfielder

- Led the American Association with 48 stolen bases in 2022 with Sioux City

- Former Pirates and Rockies prospect, has played as high as Double-A

- From California, played in college at UCLA

- Joins Monarchs on loan from Monclova (Mexican League)

#77 Chris Lanzilli

#77 Chris Lanzilli

Outfielder

- Recorded 53 home runs in the NCAA’s highest level

- Led the ACC in doubles, hit .371 in conference play, and was named All-ACC First Team and was an All-American by four outlets

- Lanzilli made a big first impression in the White Sox system, batting .302 with 40 RBI in 56 games for the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers

- Earned the call-up to High-A Winston-Salem on June 27, 2023, and remained with the Dash until this season

STAFF

Joe Calfapietra

Joe Calfapietra

Field Manager

One of the most successful managers in baseball, Joe Calfapietra returns for his seventh season with the Monarchs in 2024. The Philadelphia native has won three Miles Wolff Cup titles in Kansas City, in 2018, 2021 and 2023. He won the American Association’s Manager of the Year award in 2018 and 2021.

Before arriving in KC, Calfapietra managed the New Jersey Jackals, making six finals appearances and winning two CanAm League Manager of the Year awards. Calfapietra is currently under contract with the Monarchs through 2027.

Bill Sobbe

Bill Sobbe

Hitting Coach, Third Base Coach

Bill Sobbe joined the Monarchs coaching staff in 2012. He became the club’s pitching coach in 2014, and moved to hitting coach for the 2021 season.

A native of Gladstone, Missouri, Sobbe played college ball at Northwest Missouri State. A catcher, he played three years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization from 1979 to 1981.

He became an educator in the Kansas City area in 1982, including serving over 15 years as an administrator in the Park Hill School District from 1998 to 2013. Sobbe is currently in his sixth season as an assistant baseball coach at Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

Justin Shafer

Justin Shafer

Pitching Coach

The 31-year-old Shafer played in the major leagues for parts of three seasons. He suited up for the Blue Jays in 2018 and 2019 and played briefly for the Marlins in 2020. He owns 46 MLB strikeouts in 53.2 innings of work, all as a reliever.

Shafer was a starting pitcher with the Monarchs’ championship team in 2021. The right-hander took the ball for Game 2 of the league finals that season, which the Monarchs won 7-5 over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks as part of an undefeated postseason.

The Blue Jays drafted Shafer in the eighth round out of Florida, where he played for three seasons. He played in the prestigious Arizona Fall League in 2015 and 2016. In 2019, Shafer earned International League Mid-Season All-Star honors while with Triple-A Buffalo.

Frank White

Frank White

First Base Coach

One of the greatest players to ever don a Kansas City Royals uniform, Frank White joined the Monarchs’ coaching staff in 2012.

A five-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove award winner, White is one of two Royals players to have his number (20) retired by the club. White compiled 2,006 hits over 18 MLB seasons, all with the Royals.

White also has a seat on the national advisory board of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

John West

John West

Clubhouse & Equipment Manager, Bench Coach

West enters his 12th season with the Monarchs organization in 2024. He joined the club in 2013 as clubhouse manager, equipment manager and first base coach.

West is the reigning American Association Clubhouse Manager of the Year.

West retired from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in 2012 after 27 years of service. West has also coaches a variety of sports at North Kansas City High School, his alma mater, including a state champion girls’ basketball team in 2019.

West’s time in a baseball dugout started when he was a bat boy for the Kansas City Royals from 1977 to 1984. West and his wife Carolyn have been married for 35 years. They have three children and one grandson.

Jared Bashaw

Jared Bashaw

Athletic Trainer

2024 will be Bashaw‘s fifth season as the Monarchs’ primary athletic trainer. A native of Udall, Kansas, he received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Emporia State University.

In the offseason Bashaw works at Sano Orthopedics. He also provides coverage for multiple club teams in the area in a variety of sports. He enjoys spending time with friends, his fiancée and her son and loves disc golf.