Royals Call Up Stout to Majors

Waterloo, IA – Former Waterloo Bucks left-handed pitcher Eric Stout was called up to the big leagues Tuesday by the Kansas City Royals.  Stout becomes the 14th former Buck to make it to the show and joins Kansas City infielder Ryan Goins and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Dan Jennings as former Bucks who are active Major Leaguers.

Stout, who played with Waterloo in 2013, started this season in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League with the Omaha Storm Chasers, compiling a 1-0 record, a 4.70 ERA, and 6 strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched.  Last season for Omaha, Stout finished with a 5-2 record and 2.99 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched.

A product of Butler University, Stout appeared in 10 games for the Bucks in 2013, starting nine.  Stout went 2-1 with a 3.97 ERA and 41 strikeouts.  The following season, Stout was taken in the 13th round with the 393rd pick of the 2014 Major League Baseball Amateur Entry Draft by the Royals.

Stout is the first former Buck to be called up to the Majors since Cameron Perkins was given the nod by the Philadelphia Phillies last June.   Below is a list of former Bucks who have made it to the Majors.


Matt Cepicky 7/31/2002 Montreal Expos 1997
Wes Obermueller 9/20/2002 Kansas City Royals 1996
Jeff Duncan 5/20/2003 New York Mets 1998
Jimmy Journell 6/29/2003 St. Louis Cardinals 1997
Clint Barmes 9/5/2003 Colorado Rockies 1999-2000
Tim Gradoville None** Philadelphia Phillies 2001
Curtis Thigpen 6/6/2007 Toronto Blue Jays 2002
Willie Collazo 9/5/2007 New York Mets 1999
Dan Jennings* 4/30/2012 Miami Marlins 2006-07
Evan Reed 5/16/2013 Detroit Tigers 2005
Ryan Goins* 8/23/2013 Toronto Blue Jays 2008
James Jones 4/18/2014 Seattle Mariners 2008
Cameron Perkins 6/20/2017 Philadelphia Phillies 2011
Eric Stout* Kansas City Royals 2013
* denotes active Major Leaguer
** denotes called up to MLB, but never played


The Bucks open the 2018 season at home on May 29 versus the La Crosse Loggers at Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium where the team welcomed a new state of the art video board in 2016 thanks to a matching grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.  Team ownership has invested more than $170,000 in improvements since the end of the 2014 season including painted bleachers, public Wi-Fi, sound system, group outing areas, kids zone inflatables, and concessions equipment.  Fans are encouraged to stay in touch during the off-season with the Bucks by utilizing their website at or utilizing the Northwoods League Mobile App.


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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bucks as your favorite team.