Royals sign first professional baseball player with autism

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.

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