Royals Will Select Nicky Lopez From Omaha; Option Jake Newberry


Courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 13, 2019) – The Kansas City Royals announced that they will select infielder Nicky Lopez from Omaha (AAA) prior to Tuesday’s game. Right-handed pitcher Jake Newberry was optioned to Triple-A following Sunday’s game. A corresponding 40-man roster move will be announced on Tuesday.

Lopez, 24, was Kansas City’s fifth-round selection in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. In 31 games with the Storm Chasers this season, he’s batting .353/.457/.500 (41-for-116) with six doubles, a triple, three homers, nine stolen bases and 27 runs scored. He ranks among the Pacific Coast League leaders in stolen bases (tied for 4th), on-base percentage (5th) and batting average (8th). Last season, he split the year between Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha, batting .308/.382/.417 (155-for-504) between his two stops. He led all Royals minor league players in hits and walks (60) to earn the organization’s George Brett Hitter of the Year Award in 2018.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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