Good bye, Marc Maddox; Hello, Jeff Bianchi

Over the weekend, Marc Maddox became the first member of the 2007 Bees to receive a promotion. The Royals sent the third baseman to the High-A Wilmington (Delaware) Blue Rocks in the Carolina League.

Maddox joins a Wilmington team whose entire infield is comprised of former Bees: first basemen Kila Kaaihue and Miguel Vega; second baseman Wilver Perez; shortstops Valentino Arce and Josh Johnson; and third baseman “Super” Mario Lisson. In fact, Maddox is the 18th former Bee to suit up for the Blue Rocks this season.

Maddox’s departure is a hit to the Bees offense, as he was the team’s only .300 hitter. The good news is that the Royals have sent us another hot infield prospect with a potent bat. We welcome to Burlington Jeff Bianchi, who was selected by KC in the second round of the 2005 draft.

A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Bianchi has hit an eye-popping .414 in two seasons of rookie ball. He batted .429 in a 2006 season that was limited to just 12 games due to a shoulder injury.

We’re excited to have Bianchi on board, as the Bees try to snap a three-game losing skid. It started on Fireworks Friday in front of the season’s largest crowd here at The Hive, then continued with two more tough losses in Davenport.

The Bees welcome the Lansing Lugnuts for a four-game series. For the second-straight Dollar Monday, we’ve got sunshine and warm weather. Hopefully, we’ll also have another great crowd and another Bees win.

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