Burlington Royals

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Burlington Royals
Founded in 1986
Burlington, North Carolina
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Rookie
Minor league affiliations
League Appalachian League (1986–present)
Division East Division
Major league affiliations
Current Kansas City Royals (2007–present)
Previous Cleveland Indians (1986–2006)
Minor league titles
League titles 1993, 1987
Division titles 2012, 1993, 1991, 1988, 1987
Team data
Nickname Burlington Royals (2007–present)
Previous names
Burlington Indians (1986–2006)
Ballpark Burlington Athletic Stadium (1960–present)
Miles Wolff
Manager Nelson Liriano
General manager Ryan Keur

The Burlington Royals are a minor league baseball team in Burlington, North Carolina, United States. They are a Rookie-level team in the Appalachian League and have been a farm team of the Kansas City Royals since September 1, 2006. For the previous 21 years, the team had been affiliated with the Cleveland Indians as the Burlington Indians.[1] The Royals play home games at Burlington Athletic Stadium. Opened in 1960, Burlington Athletic Stadium seats 3,500 fans.[2]

Major League Baseball alumni of note are featured on the wall inside the men's restroom at the Burlington Athletic Stadium in the form of painted jerseys: Manny Ramirez (#22), Jim Thome (#25), Bartolo Colón (#40) and C. C. Sabathia (#52).


Burlington Royals roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 12 Torey Deshazier
  • 47 Cruz Guevara
  • -- Shane Halley
  • 43 Mike Jeffreys
  • 30 Sam Lewis
  • 28 Zach Lovvorn
  • 36 Andres Machado
  • 34 Jake Newberry
  • 55 Javier Reynoso
  • 41 Niklas Stephenson
  • -- Matthew Strahm


  • 13 Pedro Gonzalez
  • 23 Luis Villegas


  • -- Kevin Kuntz


  •  9 Jerrell Allen
  •  8 Desmond Henry
  • 24 Alex Newman



  • 40 Carlos Martinez (pitching)
  • 17 Abraham O. Nunez (hitting)
  • 26 Charles Thomas (coach)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Kansas City Royals 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 9, 2014
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Kansas City Royals minor league players

Burlington Indians (Carolina League)[edit]

In addition to the Appalachian League version of the Burlington Indians, from 1958-64 a team representing Burlington, N.C., of the same name competed in the Carolina League (Class B through 1962; thereafter Class A) as a Cleveland farm club. During its seven years of existence, the Carolina League Indians won one league championship. Its players included future major leaguers Luis Tiant and Duke Sims.

Burlington Indians (Central Association)[edit]

A third team called the Burlington Indians was based in Burlington, Iowa, and played in the Class C Central Association in the late 1940s.


  1. ^ Hill, Benjamin. Burlington makes Royal move, minorleaguebaseball.com. September 1, 2006.
  2. ^ There are differing figures on the capacity. Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues lists it at 3,000 while Ballpark Digest lists it at 3,500; the team's website does not make a distinction. A boxscore from Opening Night of the 2006 campaign shows a paid attendance of 3,622, so it seems more reasonable to side with the 3,500 capacity.

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