Nicky Lopez

Nicky Lopez was batting .353 with the Triple-A Storm Chasers before getting called up Monday by the Kansas City Royals.

Former Bluejay Nicky Lopez is on his way to the majors after getting called up Monday by the Kansas City Royals.

He will join the Royals' active roster before Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers. A corresponding move to the 40-man roster will be made Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Lopez was a fifth-round draft pick of the Royals in 2016 and has rocketed through the team's farm system. He currently ranks as KC's No. 8 prospect, according to

In 31 games with the Triple-A Storm Chasers this season, Lopez is batting .353 with six doubles, a triple, three home runs, 27 runs scored and nine stolen bases. He ranks among the Pacific Coast League leaders in stolen bases (tied for fourth), on-base percentage (fifth) and batting average (eighth).

Lopez will likely be a utility infielder for the Royals, playing behind shortstop Adalberto Mondesi and second baseman Whit Merrifield. 

Lopez left Creighton after his junior season. He hit .306 that year and earned second-team All-Big East. He finished with 11 doubles, five triples and two homers and ranked as one of the top defensive players in the league.

Creighton has had two former players receive their first Major League call-up in the last week. Anthony Bemboom was promoted to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday and made his MLB debut Sunday.

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