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Christian Binford | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/20/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 217
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Royals right-handed pitching prospect Christian Binford has been promoted to Triple-A Omaha, and threw two shutout innings in his debut on Monday, striking out three batters.
The Royals promoted Binford to Triple-A and put him in the bullpen to give them another late-inning option for their run to the playoffs. Binford is not on the 40-man roster, so it is unlikely that he will be promoted before September, and the Royals will need to make a corresponding move in order to call him up. He profiles as a solid No. 3 pitcher, but could be a dynamite late-inning option in September and October. Aug 19 - 9:45 AM

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Royals right-handed pitching prospect Christian Binford struck out eight over six innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday, scattering three hits while allowing one run.

The only run that Binford gave up was on a solo homer off the bat of light-hitting shortstop Carlos Perdomo. Binford has done well since his promotion to Double-A, holding opposing batters to a .247/.277/.385 line with a 7.1 K/9 and a 1.062 WHIP. He has allowed seven home runs in eight starts since his promotion and will need to work on keeping the ball in the park if he is to reach his potential, which is a solid No. 3 starting pitcher.
Aug 14 - 12:12 PM

Royals prospect RHP Christian Binford was shelled for seven runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings on Thursday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

He struck out four batters and walked two in the outing, which was easily his worst of the season. Previously, Binford hadn’t allowed more than four runs or eight hits in a start. Still, the 21-year-old has put together an impressive season overall, with a 2.74 ERA and outstanding 122-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 124 2/3 innings (21 starts) between the High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. However, success hasn’t come as easily for Binford since moving up to Double-A, as he’s already allowed six home runs in 42 innings after yielding just two in 82 2/3 with Wilmington.
Aug 8 - 12:17 PM

Royals right-handed pitching prospect Christian Binford struck out six in seven shutout innings, scattering seven singles and one hit batsman for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Saturday.

Binford threw 69 of his 96 pitches for strikes (71.9 percent), showcasing his solid command. He has pitched very well in Double-A, holding opposing batters to a .245/.276/.345 line while putting up a 7.1 K/9. Binford has the potential to be a No. 3 pitcher in his peak, and could make his major league debut in mid-2015.
Jul 27 - 12:01 PM

Royals prospect Christian Binford struck out eight batters in seven innings on Wednesday at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, scattering seven hits and one hit batsman.

Binford threw 66 of his 92 pitches for strikes (71.7 percent) while allowing only one extra-base hit -- a fourth inning home run by Trevor Story. Binford has pitched well in Double-A, holding opposing batters to a .233/.266/.367 line. The 21-year old was a 30th-round pick in 2011 and projects to be a solid back-end starter who could be a No. 3 at his peak. He could see time in Kansas City by mid-2015, and might even be an option coming out of spring training.
Jul 17 - 10:39 AM

Royals right-handed pitching prospect Christian Binford threw seven innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Saturday, allowing five hits, one walk, and three runs while striking out two batters.

Binford had a no-hitter going through five innings, including getting Joey Gallo to ground out ground out and fly out, before allowing two hits in the sixth inning. Binford tired in the seventh inning, but was still able to finish out the inning. He threw 64 of his 90 pitches for strikes (71.1 percent).
Jul 6 - 10:04 AM

Royals right-handed pitching prospect Christian Binford has been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas of the Texas League.

Binford dominated Carolina League hitters, holding them to a .231/.260/.317 slash line with a 10.0 K/9, a 2.40 ERA, and a 1.004 WHIP. The 21-year old Binford has the potential to be a solid No. 3 starter for the Royals, and could be up as soon as late-2015.
Jul 3 - 10:38 AM

Royals prospect right-hander Christian Binford struck out five in six shutout innings on Friday for High-A Wilmington.

After a rough outing to end May, Binford has sparkled in June, holding opposing batters to a .174/.191/.196 line while allowing one unearned run, eight hits, and one hit batsman in 13 innings in two June starts. The 21-year old Binford has pitched well in the High-A Carolina League and could be in line for a promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas in a few weeks.
Jun 14 - 11:52 AM

Royals right-handed pitching prospect Christian Binford struck out eight in seven innings on Friday for High-A Wilmington.

Binford allowed three hits, two hits, and two runs, putting his season ERA at 2.04 with a 0.934 WHIP. He lacks the upside to be a front of the rotation pitcher, but he could be a solid #3/#4 pitcher.
May 10 - 11:55 AM

Royals right-handed pitching prospect struck out eight as part of seven shutout innings, allowing three hits on Saturday for High-A Wilmington.

The towering right-hander sports a 1.91 ERA and 0.988 WHIP for the season, and has struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings. He lacks the pitching repertoire to be much more than a back of the rotation innings-eater, but he has the size and pitchability to have a high floor. He could see a promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas soon if he keeps dominating the Carolina League.
May 4 - 10:46 AM

Royals right-handed pitching prospect Christian Binford threw his second shutout of the season on Saturday, striking out ten while allowing two hits and no walks across seven innings.

Binford has yet to allow an earned run in 2014, striking out 16 in 12 innings while allowing eight hits without issuing a walk. He lacks the stuff to become a front of the rotation stalwart, but the 6'6" 217 pound righty has the potential to become a back of the rotation workhorse.
Apr 13 - 11:55 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
3Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
4Paulo Orlando
5Reymond Fuentes
RF1Alex Rios
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
5Yohan Pino
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Tim Collins
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Michael Mariot
10Jandel Gustave
11Joe Paterson