Idaho Falls, ID (MILB.com) - The Kansas City Royals have signed 2010 second round pick Brett Eibner and have assigned him to the Idaho Falls Chukars. Eibner joins the Chukars Tuesday in Missoula.
Brett Eibner signed with the Kansas City Royals before the deadline on Sunday. A pitcher and center fielder at the University of Arkansas, Eibner begins his professional career after finishing his junior year this spring. With the Razorbacks, Eibner hit .333 with 22 home runs and 71 RBIs in 60 games, while also going 3-5 with a 4.34 ERA in 11 starts and 15 total appearances on the mound. The six-foot-four, 210-pounder was named to the 2010 watch list for the Golden Spikes Award and the Olerud Award, which recognizes college baseball's best two-way player. Eibner passed on signing with his hometown Houston Astros when they selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 draft after completing a stellar career at The Woodlands High School.
Eibner was lauded by scouts for his pitching ability, but he will start his professional career as a position player. The right-handed slugger will take a few days to acclimate himself once he joins the Chukars and then will act as a designated hitter to start. No definitive date has been given for his first appearance in the Chukars' lineup, but it is expected to come before the team finishes the current seven-game road trip, which began Monday.