KANSAS CITY, MO (July 12, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has extended its Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Wilmington Blue Rocks through the 2014 season.  Wilmington has been affiliated with the Royals organization from 1993, with the exception of a two-year period from 2005-2006 when the Boston Red Sox served as the club’s parent organization.

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with the Wilmington Blue Rocks an additional two years,” said Scott Sharp, Royals Director of Minor League Operations.  “We have been partners with the Blue Rocks for all but two years of their existence and take great pride in this.  The ownership group, management team and the community are great supporters of the Kansas City Royals and our minor league players.  The facility and city are second to none in minor league baseball.”

“We are thrilled to once again renew our affiliation agreement with the Kansas City Royals,” said Wilmington General Manager Chris Kemple.  “They have been a first-class organization to work with and we look forward to the next two seasons.  With this agreement, we will have partnered with the Royals in 20 of our 22 seasons.  The Blue Rocks and Royals have almost become synonymous with each other.”