Royals acquire Catcher Santiago Nessy from Toronto for Pitcher Liam Hendriks

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 30, 2014) - The Kansas City Royals announced that they have acquired minor league catcher Santiago Nessy from the Toronto Blue Jays organization in exchange for right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks

Nessy, 21, appeared in 69 games this season with Lansing (A) and Dunedin (A-Advanced), batting .231 with 17 doubles, 2 triples, a homer and 28 RBI. He also drew 25 walks and scored 29 runs between his two clubs last season. He's spent the last four years in the Blue Jays' minor league system, after signing as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009 out of Caracas, Venezuela. He was named a mid-season All-Star in the Dominican Summer League in his first full professional season, 2010 and the Jays' No. 11 prospect heading into the 2013 season.

Hendriks, 25, came to the Royals along with catcher Erik Kratz in the July 29 trade that sent third baseman Danny Valencia to Toronto. He was designated for assignment on October 25.