Ryan Eigsti returns for his second season as the Royals' bullpen catcher. In his role, Eigsti assists the coaching staff, throwing batting practice and catching bullpen sessions before and during the games. He also works directly with Pitching Coach Cal Eldred and Bullpen Coach Vance Wilson.
Eigsti served as a coach with the Royals' Rookie affiliate, Surprise, in the Arizona League between 2014-16. Prior to that, he played in Kansas City's minor league system for six seasons, reaching Omaha (AAA) in 2011. He split the 2012 season between Omaha and Las Vegas, Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, before retiring as a player.
The catcher was originally selected by the Royals in the 15th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, after playing three seasons at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
A native of Eureka, Ill., Eigsti resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the offseason with his wife, Kelli, and children, Colby, Kylie, Chase and Kinley.