Every year, the like most organizations, the Royals fill out their minor league rosters with indy league signings, as they did earlier in the offseason with pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan. They have now added outfielder Tarik El-Abour, who is believed to be the first pro baseball player with autism.
El-Abour played 38 games with the Plattsburgh Redbirds of the Empire League last year, batting .240 with a .347 OBP. A 25-year-old native of Los Angeles, CA, he played his college ball at Pasadena City College.
This isn’t the first time El-Abour has been involved with the Royals organization, as last April he helped the club host Autism Night at Kauffman Stadium, even throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.