South Atlantic baseball
What: Three-game series
When: Monday through Wednesday (7:05 Monday and Tuesday nights, 12:05 Wednesday afternoon)
Where: CMC-Northeast Stadium (Kannapolis, N.C.)
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Chicago White Sox (Intimidators)
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, LH Crawford Simmons (1-1, 3.65) vs. LH Jefferson Olacio (4-10, 4.83); Tuesday, RH Greg Billo (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Mike Recchia (4-0, 1.72); Wednesday, RH Miguel Almonte (4-8, 3.38) vs. RH Tony Bucciferro (1-3, 3.60).
Legend to watch: CF Bubba Starling (6-foot-4, 210 pounds, will turn 21 on Saturday, bats and throws right, from Gardner, Kansas) is 10-for-29 (.345) over his last eight games, raising his season average to .224. Over 95 games, he has nine homers, 48 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 43 runs. He was selected in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2011 draft out of Gardner-Edgerton (Kan.) High School, where he hit 17 homers over his final two years and batted .481 as a senior. Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Royals system, he was a three-sport star in high school. He earned all-state basketball honors and passed on a football scholarship to Nebraska after a senior season in which, as quarterback, he rushed for 2,471 yards and 31 touchdowns. He was the Burlington Royals’ Player of the Year and an Appalachian League all-star last season, finishing tied for fourth in the league with 10 homers, sixth with an .856 OPS and ninth with 28 walks.
Intimidator to watch: OF Jason Coats (6-2, 200, 23, right-right, from Allen, Texas) leads Kannapolis with 11 homers, 25 doubles, 61 RBI and 169 total bases. Batting .275, he has scored 50 runs, with a .328 on-base percentage and .442 slugging. Selected in the 29th round of the 2012 draft, out of Texas Christian University, Coats is batting .313 versus left-handers and .266 against righties, .319 in day games and .268 at night. In six games against the Legends, he is 4-for-234 (.167) with two RBI, two runs and a homer. About two-thirds of his playing time has come in right field. The other third has been split among left, center and DH.
Radio: WLXG-AM 1300