KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City Monarchs are welcoming a key new member of their infield.
Former Red Sox second-round pick Cameron Cannon has signed with Kansas City, the American Association club announced Friday.
Cannon joins the Monarchs from Double-A Reading in the Phillies organization, where he played 46 games and hit 11 doubles earlier this year.
Cam Cannon ignites the offense with a solo shot! pic.twitter.com/SAe4x4Oi5U
— Reading Fightin Phils (@ReadingFightins) August 6, 2023
The 25-year-old has played as high as Triple-A with the Red Sox organization. Boston picked him 43rd overall in 2019 out of the University of Arizona.
Cannon was a Baseball America first-team All-American with the Wildcats his junior year in 2019, when he was teammates with fellow Monarchs infielder Justin Wylie.
The righty hitter earned Pac-12 All-Conference honors that year, hitting .397 with a 1.129 OPS, 29 doubles, eight home runs and 56 RBIs in 56 games.
The Glendale, Arizona native also teamed up with current Monarch Cody Deason with the Wildcats in 2017 and 2018.
— Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) April 8, 2018
Cannon’s breakout year at the pros came in 2021, when he produced an .808 OPS in 74 games with High-A Greeville and earned a promotion to Double-A. He hit 30 doubles over 98 games between the two levels.
Cannon made his Triple-A debut with Worcester in 2022. The Phillies claimed him in the Rule 5 Draft the following offseason.
Cam Cannon starts a sweet double play from the hot corner! pic.twitter.com/yziF8bcTBD
— Reading Fightin Phils (@ReadingFightins) August 9, 2023
The Monarchs enter Friday with the best record in the American Association at 47-35. They face the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Friday at 7 p.m., with additional games Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m.