FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A former Arkansas outfielder has signed a professional baseball contract.
Arkansas officials announced Tuesday that Sam Bates has signed a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals selected Bates in the 28th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He is scheduled to begin playing in the Royals' rookie league affiliate in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
He is the second former Razorbacks player to sign a professional contract, joining Matt Reynolds, who signed with the Mets on Monday.
Bates played in 45 games in the 2012 season and hit .240 with six homers and 25 RBIs.
In his two seasons with the Razorbacks, Bates played in 70 games and had a .239 batting average with six homers and 32 RBIs.
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