November 1 - Khalil Lee was named to Kansas City’s Organizational All-Star Team by MiLB.com after the Flint Hill graduate turned in a big campaign at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Lee hit .264 with a .363 on-base percentage, 32 extra-base hits, 51 RBI and 53 stolen bases in 129 games in his fourth professional season since the Royals took him in the third round in 2016.
"He spent a lot of time in the offseason addressing running form and doing things that would allow him one to stay healthy, but two to maximize his speed and three how to apply it," Kansas City’s assistant general manager, J.J. Picollo, told MiLB.com. "But he did all of those things. He worked hard in the offseason. He went in with a goal of 50 bags and he got it. ... He's a pretty dynamic player and can affect the game offensively in the batter's box, on the basepaths, and then defensively in the outfield.”
Lee, 21, is currently rated by MLBPipeline as the Royals’ No. 4 prospect.
FredNats’ Home Opener Scheduled for April 23
The Fredericksburg Nationals, who are scheduled to open their new $35 million ballpark in time for the 2020 season after relocating from Woodbridge, will begin their Carolina League season on Apr. 9 and have their home opener two weeks later.
The club announced its 2020 schedule last week.
After a 14-game road trip to begin the season, Fredericksburg will host the Frederick Keys on Thursday, Apr. 23 to begin a four-game homestand. The Nationals will have 70 home games against their nine league opponents.
Angels’ Bour Outrighted, Elects free Agency
Justin Bour (Westfield) was among five players the Los Angeles Angels outrighted from their 40-man roster earlier this week, and the first baseman chose to become a free agent rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A.
Bour had the least-productive of his six Major League seasons in 2019, but at just 31 and two years removed from three consecutive 20-homer seasons, he is expected to draw plenty of interest on the free agent market this winter.
Other former Major Leaguers from the area who are entering free agency include outfielders Brandon Guyer (Herndon), Brandon Snyder (Westfield) and Jarrett Parker (Colonial Forge).
Despite 5th Straight Successful Campaign, Pirates Part With Toregas
Wherever Pittsburgh sent Wyatt Toregas (South Lakes) to manage, the former Indians and Pirates catcher won. So it was a surprise when the club parted ways with the former Seahawks and Virginia Tech backstop in September.
Toregas, 36, led High-A Bradenton of the Florida State League to a 73-62 campaign in his first season as the club’s manager in 2019. He previously guided the short-season West Virginia Black Bears to successful campaigns in 2015-16 - winning the New York/Penn League championship in 2015 - before leading the Single-A West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League to back-to-back winning seasons in 2017-18.
Toregas is expected to draw interest from other Major League organizations as they fill organizational coaching vacancies this winter. He has a 293-263 record in his five seasons as a manager in the minor leagues.
Lescher Pitches Well in Arizona Fall League Stint
Billy Lescher (West Potomac) made four relief appearances in the Arizona Fall League, striking out six while allowing two unearned runs for the Mesa Solar Sox.
His AFL stint came after the former Wolverines and University of Pennsylvania standout went 4-2 with two saves, a 2.91 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 65 innings between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. Lescher was a 17th round pick by Detroit in 2017.
Meanwhile, catcher Logan Driscoll (Lake Braddock) was 6-for-19 with two homers and three RBI in his six games with Peoria. Driscoll was the No. 73 overall selected by San Diego in June’s draft.
Photos of, clockwise from left, Khalil Lee courtesy of MiLB.com, logo courtesy of Fredericksburg Nationals, Justin Bour courtesy of Orange County Register, Billy Lescher courtesy of MiLB.com, and Wyatt Toregas courtesy of Charleston Gazette.