Royals trade left-hander Justin Marks to A’s for cash

Royals pitcher Justin Marks during 2013 spring training in Surprise, Ariz.
Royals pitcher Justin Marks during 2013 spring training in Surprise, Ariz. THE KANSAS CITY STAR

The Royals have traded left-handed pitcher Justin Marks to the A’s for cash.

Marks appeared in one game for the Royals. On April 20, he made his major-league debut and surrendered three runs in two innings in a loss at Minnesota.

Earlier this week, the Royals designated Marks for assignment in order to clear space on the 40-man roster after selecting the contract of right-handed pitcher Wilking Rodriguez.

Marks returns to the organization that drafted him. He was selected by Oakland in the third round of the 2009 draft. He was acquired by the Royals in 2010 in the trade that sent David DeJesus to Oakland.

More draftees

The Royals’ run on pitching continued on the second day of the draft.

After selecting pitchers with three of their first four selections Thursday, the Royals selected Eric Skoglund, a 6-6 left-hander from Central Florida, with their third-round pick Friday.

Skoglund, who stands 6-7, was the American Athletic Conference pitcher of the year after posting a 9-3 record with a 2.54 ERA with 94 strikeouts and 27 walks.

He was the third left-handed pitcher taken among the first five choices, following TCU’s Brandon Finnegan (No. 17 overall) and Orlando high school product Foster Griffin.

“The draft is full of depth at pitching and we tried to attack it early,” Royals scouting director Lonnie Goldberg said.

The Royals went local with their sixth-round selection, picking Missouri Southern outfielder Logan Moon.

Moon, who attended Blue Springs South, hit .386 and led the MIAA with seven triples. Moon, a senior, spent his first three seasons at Central Arkansas. He impressed the Royals at a predraft work out at Kauffman Stadium last Saturday.

“After the workout we shook his hand and told him, ‘We’re going to make sure you’re a Royal,’ ” Goldberg said.

Ten rounds of the draft have been completed. Rounds 11-40 begin Saturday at noon.

Bubba slam

Bubba Starling smacked the first grand slam of his professional career Friday in the third inning of Wilmington’s Carolina League game at Potomac. The blast was Starling’s third homer of the season. He entered the game hitting .190 in 244 plate appearances.

First-pitch strike

The last time a Chiefs quarterback made a public appearance at a Royals game he was booed. That wasn’t the case Friday, when Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, while holding his son Hudson, threw out the first pitch to cheers.

At the All-Star Game festivities at Kauffman Stadium in 2012, then-Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was booed during the celebrity softball game.

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