Baseball Briefs: Cubs & Royals Make Draft Picks; Local Legion Baseball Hits the Road


Tonight, the First State Bank American Legion junior and senior baseball teams return to action, on the road in Lincoln. First State will play Lincoln North Star at Den Hartog Field.  The juniors play at 5:30 and the senior play at 8:00.

The Blair junior and senior legion baseball teams play at Vet’s Field, tonight, versus Omaha Roncalli.  The juniors game is at 5:30 with the seniors game at 8:00.

MLB on Walnut Radio

LAA- 9, KCR- 6; @ LAA- 9:07 tonight on KBLR – Real Country 97.3

The Kansas City Royals have selected Brady Singer, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Florida, with their top selection in the First-Year Player Draft, 18th overall in the first round.

Singer, 21, a 6-foot-5, 180-pounder, went 11-1 with a 2.27 ERA (24 ER in 95.0 IP) and 98 strikeouts in 14 starts as a junior this season. He recorded at least 7.0 innings in 11 of 14 starts, including his first career shutout on May 4 at Texas A&M. He was the No. 2 ranked prospect in the Draft, according to, and No. 4 according to Baseball America.

CHC vs. PHI- 7:05 tonight on Boomer 1490/104.1

Stanford shortstop Nico Hoerner fit all the criteria the Cubs were looking for and may be another position player on the fast track to the big leagues.

The Cubs selected Hoerner 24th overall in the MLB Draft, the first of four picks by the team on Monday. In the second round, they picked outfielder Brennen Davis of Basha High School (Chandler, Ariz); and with back-to-back compensation picks at No. 77 and 78, the Cubs chose outfielder Cole Roederer out of Hart High School (Calif.) and University of San Diego pitcher Paul Richan.

Lincoln Saltdogs

The Lincoln Saltdogs blasted two home runs and Mike Tamburino notched a quality start as the Saltdogs beat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 4-1 on Monday night.

Lincoln’s (11-7) third straight win opens a six-game homestand the right way.  Tamburino earned the win after surrendering just one run over 6.2 innings pitched.  Jose Jose retired all four batters he faced and J.R. Bunda notched his third save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Game two of the series is set for 6:45 PM on Tuesday.  Tyler Herron starts for the Saltdogs.