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 Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu. 1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."