Christian Binford ’11 Promoted to Kansas City Royals’ Class AA Affiliate

Lee Owen
The next step toward the major leagues has arrived for Christian Binford ’11, who is the No. 10-ranked prospect in the Kansas City Royals’ organization by Baseball America.
Binford, who was chosen for the U.S. team in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, has been promoted to the Class AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League. The Naturals, like the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class A Carolina League (where Binford was the league leader in strikeouts with 92 in 82 2/3 innings of work this season), are a minor-league affiliate of the Royals, who drafted Binford in 2011 out of Mercersburg.

Binford’s first outing for the Naturals was a good one; he tossed seven innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out two to earn the win in a 7-3 win over visiting Frisco July 5 in Springdale, Ark.

In addition to his selection for the U.S. squad at the All-Star Futures Game (which features many of the game’s top prospects and will be played Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis), Binford has been a league All-Star in each of his two previous leagues: the Carolina League (2014) and the South Atlantic League (where he was chosen for the 2013 game as a representative of the Lexington Legends).

This season for Wilmington, Binford has a 5-4 overall record with a 2.40 earned-run average, which is third-best in the league. He is averaging a league-leading 10.02 strikeouts per nine innings and has allowed just 11 walks, good for a whopping 8.36 strikeout-per-walk ratio.

The Naturals are based in Springdale, Ark., near Fayetteville, and play their home games at 7,300-seat Arvest Ballpark. (Springdale is home to Tyson Foods, which produces more meat than any other company in the world.)

The 6-foot-6, 217-pound Binford, a righthanded pitcher and native of Hagerstown, Md., pitched twice in nearby Frederick this season as a member of the Blue Rocks, including an outing June 23 where he earned the victory in a 9-3 win. At Northwest Arkansas, he is now just two stops from the majors. He turned down a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia to sign with the Royals’ organization.

Click here for Binford’s updated professional stats and click here to see the  rosters for the upcoming All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at 5 p.m. (EDT) July 13 and televised live on MLB Network.
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