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Five Storm Chasers who could be promoted to the Kansas City Royals this summer

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Five Storm Chasers who could be promoted to the Kansas City Royals this summer

Former Creighton standout Nicky Lopez has risen rapidly through the Royals system and could earn a promotion to the majors with a strong showing in Omaha.

The World-Herald's Tony Boone compiled five Omaha Storm Chasers to watch heading into the 2019 season.

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Nicky Lopez

The former Creighton infielder begins his third full professional season with an everyday spot in Triple-A. Lopez, who just turned 24, has risen rapidly through the Royals system and could earn a promotion to the majors with a strong showing in Omaha. He’s a top-notch defender who has hit well.

Humberto Arteaga

Known during the early part of his pro career as the best defensive infielder in the Royals system, Arteaga has become a complete player. He had a career-best offensive year last summer in Omaha and, though not considered a prospect, nearly made the big league club out of spring training.

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Brett Phillips

Once a top prospect in the Houston system, the outfielder made his way to the big leagues with Milwaukee during a stellar season in 2017. Phillips joined the Royals last season in the Mike Moustakas trade and played 36 games with Kansas City toward the end of the year. He may be back there soon.

Richard Lovelady

The 23-year-old left-hander spent his second full professional season in Triple-A and excelled as a go-to reliever for the Chasers. Now with another year under his belt, Lovelady should be ready to help Kansas City out in the bullpen in the near future. His stuff is that good.

Bubba Starling

Considered a first-round bust not long ago, Kyle Zimmer made his big league debut with the Royals last week. Kansas City is hoping for the same for Starling, an elite defensive outfielder who has struggled at the plate most of his career. He appeared to break through in 2017, but spent all of last year injured.

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