Teahen a Hutch nominee, Arizona Fall League starts
Royals outfielder Mark Teahen is one of 10 finalists for the 2008 Hutch Award. The honor is given to the MLB player who best exemplifies the spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson, a baseball player who passed away from cancer in 1964 at the age of 45.
The other nominees are Rocco Baldelli, Lance Berkman, Doug Davis, Ken Griffey, Jr., Raul Ibanez, Cliff Lee, Jon Lester, Aaron Rowand, and Vernon Wells. The Royals have had three Hutch winners (George Brett, 1980, Dennis Leonard, 1986 and Mike Sweeney, 2007). Other recipients include Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, Willie McCovey and Lou Brock.
Top MLB prospects have descended to the desert southwest for the start of the Arizona Fall League. The Royals have seven prospects and two coaches on the Surprise Rafters. The club is made up of players from the Royals, Rangers, Dodgers, Indians and Orioles farm systems.
The participating Royals farmhands are right-handed pitchers Dan Cortes (right) and Chris Hayes, left-handed pitchers Gilbert de la Vara and Rowdy Hardy, shortstop Chris McConnell, and outfielders Joe Dickerson and Brian McFall. The four pitchers and McFall helped the 2008 Northwest Arkansas Naturals clinch the second half title in the Texas League’s North Division. Dickerson and McConnell were members of another playoff team, the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Omaha hitting coach Terry Bradshaw is in the same role with the Rafters. The pitchers will be working with a familiar face, Wilmington pitching coach Steve Luebber. Games started yesterday. You can follow all of the play on MLB.com!