Moline graduate Dakota Bacus and Rockridge graduate Tyson Blaser officially learned their minor-league baseball assignments for this season on Saturday.
Bacus, an Oakland Athletics prospect, will pitch for the Midwest League Beloit Snappers. A ninth-round pick in last June's draft, Bacus pitched compiled a 1.20 ERA with 35 strikeouts and five walks for the rookie-level Arizona League Athletics.
He appeared in 18 games and made one start. Bacus said he will be a starter for the Class A Snappers.
"I was anxious to go play," Bacus said. "I had a feeling this is where I was going to end up. I'm not bummed about it. I've got to take every opportunity I can get and do my thing."
Blaser was assigned to the Eastern League Trenton Thunder. This is Blaser's first appearance at the Double-A level.
In two professional seasons, Blaser, who was signed as a catcher by the New York Yankees in 2011, has a .296 batting average in 267 plate appearances.
"I'm excited to be heading to Double-A," Blaser said. "That was my goal heading into spring training this year and it's great to have that come to fruition."
Both Bacus and Blaser will have their season openers on Thursday.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A new passenger car has been placed on the Coal Valley railroad, and R.R. Cable is running the trains at present. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue preached a convincing sermon on the need of a new First Methodist Church in Rock Island 1913 -- 100 years ago: Dr. W.S. Marquis preached his farewell sermon at Broadway Presbyterian Church to the combined congregations from First Methodist, First Baptist, United Presbyterian and South Park Presbyterian churches. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's mayor is seeking to enforce the rules governing PWA projects in the city which state that local men are to be hired for the work. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus requests that the names of needy Rock Island boys and girls through 12 years of age be registered by parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11or Dec. 14. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Alcoa and its employee union have reached tentative agreement on a 43-month labor contract covering about 7,500 workers at six plants, including 1,900 employees at Alcoa's Davenport Works, company and union officials said today.