The Kansas City Royals have developed their share of impressive prospects in recent years, and it looks like they have another potential star brewing down on the farm.
Brewer Hicklen joined some impressive company over the weekend with his 20th double of the year for the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers, becoming just the fourth Royals minor leaguer since 2005 with at least 20 home runs, 20 doubles, and 20 stolen bases in the same season. The most two recent players before him were Bobby Witt Jr. (one of the most productive rookies in baseball this year) and Alex Gordon, who enjoyed a distinguished 14-year career with Kansas City.
That bodes well for Hicklen's MLB future. He's already earned a pair of brief call-ups to the big leagues this season, getting into a pair of games in late May and four more games in mid-July. He's only gotten four at-bats so far, however, and is still searching for his first major-league hit.
With MLB rosters expanding on Thursday, Hicklen could get a longer look in September if he's promoted again. The 26-year-old outfielder is on the older side for a prospect, so Kansas City may want to see if he has what it takes to stick in the big leagues.
With the Royals 25 games below .500, they don't have anything to lose by giving Hicklen a shot. Based on his stellar performance at Triple-A this year, he's earned it.