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Royals sign first-round pick Frank Mozzicato

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 17, 2021) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher Frank Mozzicato, their first-round pick (7th overall) in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft.

Mozzicato, 18, recorded 30.1 consecutive innings without allowing a hit during his senior season at East Catholic High School in Connecticut, including four straight no-hitters. He led his school to the 2021 Class M State Championship this season and recorded 17 strikeouts in the title game. Mozzicato is the fifth Connecticut high school player to be selected in the first round of the Draft, and he was the second-highest pick among that group, following Bobby Valentine, who went fifth overall to the Dodgers in 1968.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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