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 Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.