The Kansas City Royals have been named the Organization of the Year by Baseball America the publication announced today. It marked the second time the Royals have earned the honor, also garnering the award following the 1994 season.
With a roster made up of predominately players that came up through the minor league system, the Royals stormed to 89 victories in 2014 and reached the World Series for the first time in 29 years, falling to the San Francisco Giants in seven games. The club set a Major League record by winning its first eight postseason contests, beginning with a thrilling 9-8 triumph in 12 innings over Oakland in the Wild Card Game and included a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels in the Division Series and a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series.
Of the 26 players the American League champions used during the postseason, 13 of them were either drafted by the club or signed as international free agents, while nine others came over via trades.
"We are thrilled to receive this great honor," Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. "I'm extremely proud of our entire organization."
While the Major League club enjoyed historic success, the Royals' Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers, also captured their second-straight Triple-A title and were Pacific Coast League champions for the third time in the last four seasons.
A link to the story which was posted to Baseball America's website is below: