June 2009

Royals sign four draft picks, including Razorbacks

The Royals have signed four more draft picks from the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including the double play combination from 2009 College World Series entrant the University of Arkansas. 

 

Razorbacks’ senior shortstop Scott Lyons, KC’s 15th round pick, and senior second baseman Benjamin Tschepikow, a 17th round selection, signed their contracts at Springdale’s Arvest Ballpark, home of KC’s Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  The duo will be separated as Lyons will begin his pro career for the Royals’ Arizona Rookie League team in Surprise, while Tschepikow will start at Idaho Falls (R) in the Pioneer League.  Also inking was left-handed pitcher Jonathon Keck, KC’s 42nd round pick from Bethel College in Tennessee, and 47th round selection Anthony Howard, a centerfielder from Quince Orchard High in Maryland.

 

In addition, the Royals have signed Scott Shimek, a right-handed pitcher from St. Mary’s University (TX), as an undrafted free agent.

 

The Royals have now signed 22 of their 49 selections and four undrafted free agents.  For a full list of 2009 draftees and signings, follow this link:

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=kc

Tuesday lineup: Greinke batting eighth

The Royals will play their fourth regular season series in Houston this week (the clubs also finished the preseason slate with exhibition games in Houston from 2004-2007).

The pitcher is required to bat in Interleague games played at National League parks.  Trey Hillman is taking a page out of Tony La Russa’s book by putting Zack Greinke in the eighth slot in the lineup tonight.  Zack loves to hit, and he belted his first Major League home run in 2005 at Arizona off of Russ Ortiz, who happens to be pitching for Houston tonight.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Greinke – P

Maier – CF 

June Birthdays




Gibbons_3653.jpgRoyals bench coach John Gibbons celebrated his 47th birthday on June 8.  Fellow Texan and former First Lady Barbara Bush turned 84 on June 8.  Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Ol’ Blue Eyes and the voice behind “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” celebrated her 69th birthday.

 


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Royals Radio Network engineer Don Free will celebrate his birthday in multiple states on Thursday.  His birthday starts in Texas as the Royals play an afternoon game in Houston.  The Royals will fly to Pittsburgh Thursday evening to begin a series on Friday.  Jimmie Walker, who played J.J. on “Good Times,” will turn 62.  As J.J would say, that’s Dy-no-mite!

 



Hernandez_Luis_5695.jpgShortstop Luis Hernandez will be 25 on June 26.  He shares his day with another shortstop, Derek Jeter, who turns 35.  Sports legend Babe Didrikson Zaharias was born on this date in 1914.

 


2008_st_mahay1_7098.jpgVeteran reliever Ron Mahay turns 38 on June 28.  NFL Hall of Famer and 1979 Royals draft pick John Elway will be 49.

 


9-26 Maier.jpgMitch Maier rounds out the month with his 27th birthday on June 30.  Fellow birthdays include Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (24) and former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson (43).

Sunday lineup: Meche looks to extend June dominance

The I-70 Series wraps up today, with Gil Meche taking the mound.  Gil has the best June ERA (2.82) among active MLB pitchers with at least 200.0 IP during the month.  He is 20-6 lifetime and 2-0 this year with a 0.41 ERA in 3 starts.

Here’s your Royals lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Hulett – 2B

Maier – CF

Meche – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 20

Kyle Davies optioned, Tejeda activated

The big news of the day was a roster move, with Kyle Davies going to Triple-A Omaha and Robinson Tejeda returning from right rotator cuff tendinitis. 

Hillman said that Davies would join the O-Royals in Memphis, where they start a series on Tuesday.  Tejeda is expected to be at the ballpark and available for today’s game.

Hillman said that Davies needs to command the ball better as he is centering pitches in dangerous locations.  Fatigue is not a factor in Hillman’s mind.  He believes that Davies will return strong as most guys with three “plus” pitches figure it out.

He noted that Tejeda gives the Royals another option in the bullpen and said that everything looks fine with his health.

As for the rotation, the Royals do not need a fifth starter until next Saturday in Pittsburgh.  Hillman believes that the Royals have a few options.  Reporters asked about Sidney Ponson, who is recovering from a right elbow strain, and Bruce Chen, who pitched a complete-game shutout last night at Albuquerque.  Ponson is scheduled to start tomorrow.  He will make 40-45 pitches and the goal is for him to build his pitch count.  Hillman indicated that both had been mentioned but stressed that the decision would be made a few days before the game in Pittsburgh.

Position players

Willie Bloomquist has the day off today.  Hillman wanted to give him a day off so he does not become overextended.

Mike Aviles (right forearm strain) will not have any activity for the next four days.

Alex Gordon has been hitting on the field and running out of the batter’s box to first base.  He is doing regular agility drills and taking ground balls.

John Buck is doing some light blocking drills and easy catching.  He also caught some bullpen sessions today.

Saturday lineup: 3:10 start on FOX

Today’s game is at 3:10 – not the original 6:10 start as on the early schedules.  Also, it is on FOX, not FSKC. 

Here’s your Royals lineup:

DeJesus – LF

Hernandez – SS

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Callaspo – 2B

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Bannister – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 19

I-70 series!

 

Royals manager Trey Hillman is oh so excited about the upcoming cross-state battle with the St. Louis Cardinals.  “I love when teams come to the “New” Kauffman Stadium for the first time, everyone I have talked to has had nothing but great things to say about it,” said Hillman.  “Obviously it’s exciting for the fans, but to let everyone know, it’s exciting for the players and us coaches also.”  Hillman went on to say that weekends like this can really catapult a team in the right direction, you just need to take advantage of it and play solid baseball.

 

What do you do with this guy?

 

Royals manager Trey Hillman was asked about how he is going to approach pitching to the Cardinals first basemen, Albert Pujols.  “Well, it’s this simple, you either pitch smart to Albert Pujols, or you don’t pitch to him at all,” said Hillman.  “He quite possibly could be the best right handed hitter I have ever seen, but I will pitch to him, to an extent,” says Hillman. 

Friday lineups: I-70 Series Opener

It’s a Show Me State showdown at Kauffman Stadium! 

Gates will open at normal times all weekend. 

Please note that Saturday’s game was changed to a 3:10 start and will be on the FOX Network, not FSKC.

Here’s your Royals lineup for Friday:

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Callaspo – 2B

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

Maier – CF

Davies – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: June 18

Does anyone actually like this weather?

 

Could some baseball players possibly like playing in this hot, sticky weather?  According to manager Trey Hillman, he’s got some players on his team that relish playing under these types of conditions.  “You bet man, Jose Guillen and the rest of the Latin players grew up playing in this kind of weather, they can’t wait for it every year,” said Hillman.  “There is a comfort level there for some of the guys, you like what you know, even if it is weather that feels like 120 degrees.” 

 

Hey, a little something for the effort

 

Hillman was raving about the new-found power in Jose Guillen’s legs allowing him to seemingly give more of an effort on the basepaths and in the field.  “He just seems to be playing harder, I don’t know what else to say, he looks like he is enjoying what he’s doing out there,” said Hillman.  Again, Trey said there is something to playing in warmer weather for most of the Latin guys.  Whatever the case, the manager is excited about the effort he is seeing from his starting right fielder.   

 

Coco Crisp

 

The Royals centerfielder is continuing to work on the lower half of his body, keeping in shape the only part of him that can move without obvious pain.  His upper body with his bum right shoulder is unable to do much of anything, making him incapable of throwing a ball, or swinging a bat.  “Another evaluation will be made in the near future, but at the moment and for the time being, we are shutting him down,” stated Hillman.

Thursday lineup

DeJesus – LF

Bloomquist – SS

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Callaspo – 2B

Teahen – 3B

B. Pena – C

Maier – CF

Hochevar – P

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