Missouri Southern product Logan Moon is expected to play his first professional baseball game for the Burlington Royals at 7 p.m. today at Burlington Athletic Stadium in North Carolina.
Moon and the rookie league Burlington Royals will be facing the Kemersville Bulldogs in an exhibition.
An outfielder for the Missouri Southern Lions, Moon selected by the Kansas City Royals organization in the sixth round of the MLB Draft earlier this month.
Moon is among five of the top eight 2014 Kansas City Royals draft choices who have been assigned to begin their professional careers in Burlington. He will join pitcher Foster Griffin, catcher Chase Vallot, infielder D.J. Burt and pitcher Corey Ray.
Moon was the first Lion drafted since 2010 when Joe Lincoln went in the 34th round to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Danny Rogers is the former highest draft pick from the Lions when he was taken in the eighth round in 1990 by the Detroit Tigers.
Moon was the second NCAA Division II player taken in this year’s draft, going one round after Mercyhurst’s Dan Altavilla went No. 141 overall to the Seattle Mariners. Moon also is the seventh-highest MIAA player ever taken in the draft.
Moon, who prepped at Blue Springs South, batted .a team-high .386 this spring in his only season with the Lions after transferring from Central Arkansas. He led the MIAA and ranked fifth nationally in triples with seven, and he was fifth in the league in hits (71) and eighth in average. He also had nine doubles, one home run and 35 RBI. He was named third team all-MIAA.
Burlington’s regular season begins Thursday at Pulaski.