Kansas City Royals purchase contract of Skeeters pitcher

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SUGAR LAND — The Sugar Land Skeeters announced that the contract of right-hander Dallas Beeler was purchased by the Kansas City Royals, who’ve assigned Beeler to Double-A North Arkansas.

Beeler, 29, becomes the ninth player from the 2018 Skeeters to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization, which leads the Atlantic League. The nine contracts purchased from Major League organizations also matches the franchise record originally set in 2013. Since the Skeeters joined the Atlantic League in 2012, the most contracts purchased by Major League organizations was 13 from the Somerset Patriots in 2017.

Beeler won the Atlantic League’s June Pitcher of the Month after going 5-0 with a 1.61 ERA through six starts in the month. At the time his contract was purchased, Beeler was second in the league with a 1.99 ERA, tied for first with six wins, first with a .165 opponents’ batting average and fifth with 54 strikeouts. In a June 3 start against the York Revolution at Constellation Field, Beeler struck out 10 batters, which was a single-game high for a Skeeters pitcher this season and were tied for the second-most single-game strikeouts in franchise history. In his final start with the Skeeters, which came on June 30 at Constellation Field against the Lancaster Barnstormers, Beeler tossed eight no-hit innings, which marked the longest no-hit bid by a Skeeters pitcher this season.

The Chicago Cubs drafted Beeler in the 41st round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Oral Roberts University. The Toronto Blue Jays also selected Beeler in the 37th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Jenks High School (Jenks, Okla.). Beeler made his Major League debut with the Cubs on June 28, 2014, and also appeared with the Cubs at the Major League level in 2015. In two Major League seasons, Beeler has gone 0-3 with a 6.05 ERA through five starts, spanning 19 1/3 innings pitched.

Beeler has spent all seven of his seasons at the affiliated level with the Cubs and last appeared at the affiliated level in 2016 with Triple-A Iowa. He missed a majority of the 2016 season and all of the 2017 season after undergoing flexor tendon surgery and ulnar nerve transposition surgery. Through 115 career appearances (99 starts) at the affiliated level, Beeler has gone 31-29 with a 3.68 ERA, striking out 360 batters to 151 walks over 547 2/3 innings pitched.

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