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Royals Call Up Top Prospect for MLB Debut on Monday

Devon Platana
The Kansas City Royals have called up top prospect Drew Waters to make his MLB debut on Monday.
The Kansas City Royals have called up top prospect Drew Waters to make his MLB debut on Monday. / (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Losers in eight of their last 10 games, the Kansas City Royals look to turn things around when they host the Chicago White Sox at 2:10 p.m. ET. While wins have been hard to come by for the Royals lately, they'll have some extra help in the form of one of their top prospects.

Royals insider Anne Rogers reports that the club has called up outfielder Drew Waters from Triple-A Omaha. Rogers also confirmed that Kansas City also optioned fellow OF Nate Eaton to make room for Baseball America's No. 32-ranked prospect from the 2021 season.

Royals Roster News

A 2017 second-round pick by the Atlanta Braves, Waters was traded to the Royals — along with two other players — back in July in exchange for the 2022 MLB Draft's 35th overall selection. While some thought he may need more time to be MLB-ready, his play with the Storm Chasers was good enough to warrant a call-up.

Meanwhile, Eaton's demotion comes after tallying just one homer and a trio of RBIs while slashing .182/.255/.318 over 19 games in a Royals jersey.

Waters has recorded 122 at-bats over 31 games with Omaha thus far. He's made the most of his opportunities, recording 14 extra-base hits (five doubles, two triples, seven home runs) and 20 walks to 41 strikeouts while slashing .295/.399/.541.

Waters gets to face White Sox right-handed starting pitcher Michael Kopec (4-9, 3.25 ERA in 22 starts) in his MLB debut. The 23-year-old switch-hitter is batting .260 with 12 HRs and 31 RBIs against righties in 79 games across Triple-A and High-A this season.

White Sox vs Royals Odds (Aug. 22)

Waters must have a debut to remember if he's going to help his club beat the White Sox. For now, FanDuel Sportsbook lists the Royals as +130 moneyline underdogs at home, whereas Chicago is favored to win at -154 odds.

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