August 2009

Royals extend General Manager Dayton Moore through 2014

2008_st_trey_and_dayton_dsc_9139_3.jpgThe Kansas City Royals today announced they have extended the contract of General Manager Dayton Moore through the 2014 season.  Moore has exercised his option for 2011 with the Royals extending the deal to cover the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the extension were not disclosed.


Around the Horn will be sitting in on a media session with G.M. Dayton Moore today.  We’ll bring you a summary of that event.


Next week, you can ask the questions as Moore will participate in a Royals Relay chat next Tuesday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m. CT on  Be sure to stop by next Tuesday!

Zack Greinke named A.L. Player of the Week (again!)

6-25 Greinke.jpgZack Greinke
has been named the American League Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The 25-year-old went 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA and a Major League-leading 20 strikeouts for the week.

He fanned 15 batters on Tuesday, besting Mark Gubicza’s club record from 1988.  Greinke’s 10th ‘K’ was the 700th of this career.  It marked the eighth time in his career that he has reached 10 or more strikeouts in a game.

Greinke’s encore performance on Sunday was equally impressive.  He became the first Royal since Gubicza in 1995 to record a one-hitter as he limited the Mariners to a walk and a single, both in the second inning.  Greinke followed that by retiring 22 straight batters as he joined Vida Blue, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers since 1900 to have a 15-strikeout game followed by a one-hitter.

Congratulations to Zack on another great achievement!

Zack Greinke retires 22 in a row, tosses one-hitter vs. M's

7-29 Greinke.jpgLast Tuesday, Zack Greinke surpassed Mark Gubicza’s club record by recording 15 strikeouts in a game.  Today, Gubie’s name came up again as Zack became the first Royals pitcher to throw a one-hitter since Gubicza in 1995.  Only two Mariners reached base today, both in the second inning (Bill Hall on a walk and Kenji Johjima with a single), as the Royals won, 3-0.

This is the 19th time that a Royals pitcher has thrown a one-hitter (to go along with four no-hitters).  Congratulations to Zack on another amazing outing!

Zack also became the fourth pitcher in Royals history to record 200 or more strikeouts in a season.  He has 202 strikeouts on the year.

August Birthdays

Gubicza.jpgNewcomer Josh Anderson was born on August 10, 1982.  He shares his birthday with Antonio Banderas (49), sausage proprietor Jimmy Dean (81) and former Cleveland slugger and Royals coach Rocky Colavito (76).

Roman Colon turned 30 on August 13.  People born on the same day include Don Ho (79), Fidel Castro (83), Alfred Hitchcock (1899) and Annie Oakley (1860).

Royals Hall of Famer Mark Gubicza turned 47 on August 14.  Yes, the man with 14 strikeouts in a game was born on the 14th!  Fellow birthdays include comedian Steve Martin (64), Magic Johnson (50) and Halle Berry (43).

Last but certainly not least, Royals video coordinator Mark Topping celebrated his birthday on August 21.  Topper shares his birthday with the world’s fastest man, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt (23), and singer/gambler Kenny Rogers (71).  The late Wilt Chamberlain, a University of Kansas product, was born on that date as well in 1936.

Hulett named to World Cup team roster

Hulett.jpgTug Hulett
, infielder for the Omaha Royals, will represent the United States at the 2009 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Baseball World Cup in Europe from September 9-27.

Hulett is batting .292 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI in 92 games with Omaha this season.  He played in 12 games in a pair of stints this year with Kansas City.  Tug joined the Royals from the Seattle Mariners in February.  He is the son of former Major League infielder Tim Hulett.

Tug will see a few familiar faces on the coaching staff.  Last week, USA Baseball announced that Royals special assignment coach Eddie Rodriguez will serve as manager.  Former Royal Jamie Quirk will be the third base coach and bench coach.

Congratulations to Tug on this honor!

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: Maier, Jacobs, Yuni

Power surge

Mitch Maier hit his first Major League home run last night and is batting .328 since the All-Star Break.  Reporters asked whether Trey sees him gaining more power as he continues in the Majors.  Trey explained that power is the last piece of the puzzle for Major League hitters and that Maier is just on the cusp of developing his pull swing.  Maier has been coming in early to work off of a batting tee with Kevin Seitzer.  Hillman believes that Maier has learned a lot this year and commended him on his hard work and improved hitting.

Improvement for Jacobs

Mike Jacobs is in the lineup today with a lefty on the mound.  Jacobs had a pair of RBI singles on Tuesday night.  Trey Hillman says that Jacobs is doing a better job of staying on the ball and recognizing pitches.

Yuni assessment

The Royals are at Seattle this weekend.  It will be the first games in the Emerald City for Yuniesky Betancourt since he joined the Royals on July 10.  Reporters were asking Trey Hillman for his assessment of Betancourt.  Trey noted recent hot streaks for Betancourt, then mentioned Yuni lacks separation on his swing at the moment.  Trey believes that Betancourt’s swing will improve as he is a teachable player that learns quickly.  He described Yuni as a good self-evaluator who knows what he needs to do to improve.  Trey likes what he’s seen defensively from Betancourt.

Wednesday matinee lineup

The Royals finish their series with Cleveland today, with the first pitch slated for 1:10 at Kauffman Stadium.  Here’s your lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Olivo – C)

(Teahen – 3B)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Maier – CF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Hochevar – P)

Congratulations to Zack and Mitch!

9-3 Greinke.jpgZack Greinke’s
record-setting season continued tonight in a 6-2 Kansas City win as he set a franchise mark with 15 strikeouts, breaking Mark Gubicza’s record of 14 from August 27, 1988.  Zack moved all the way from 14th on the single-season franchise list with 182 to fifth with 197.  He is one K shy of fourth place (Steve Busby, 198 in 1974) and three strikeouts away from being the fourth pitcher in franchise history to record 200 strikeouts in a season.

Mitch Maier hit his first Major League home run in the seventh inning (304th at-bat).  The Michigan native has batted .333 (21-for-63) over his last 22 games.

Congratulations to Zack on the franchise record and to Mitch for hitting his first home run!

Trey Hillman Media Session: Greinke, Anderson

Rain or Shine

Zack Greinke has one win in his last nine starts, so you think he’d be pretty uptight and difficult to be around, right?  According to manager Trey Hillman, his star pitcher is the exact same today as he was in April when he was attempting to rewrite the record books.  “Zack is exactly the same person right now as he was early in the season, same temperament, demeanor, attitude, work ethic, character.  Whether we are winning or losing, you know what you are going to get from Zack.  He’s a professional who comes to win every time he takes the mound, no matter what his record indicates,” Hillman stated.

Anderson in Center 

Royals outfielder and newcomer to the team Josh Anderson will take over in centerfield tonight. “We want to see him in center tonight, he’s been doing really well in practice and we think he is familiar enough now with the dimensions that it will translate onto the field.  It’s the right time to see what Josh can do out there in centerfield,” Hillman said.

Moustakas among five players named to Arizona Fall League roster

The Royals have announced that five minor leaguers have committed to play for the Surprise Rafters in the 2009 Arizona Fall League.  Shortstop Jeff Bianchi, third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder David Lough, right-handed pitcher Danny Gutierrez and left-hander Ben Swaggerty will play for Surprise manager Brian Rupp, the current manager for the Royals’ Class A Advanced club in Wilmington.  Kansas City will fill two additional spots on the roster by September 10.

bianchi jeff_825.jpgBianchi, 22, has split the 2009 season with Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas (AA), batting a combined .307 with 25 doubles, seven home runs, 59 RBI, 66 runs scored and 22 stolen bases.  The 6-foot, 175-pounder from Lancaster, Pa. was the Royals’ second-round selection in the 2005 draft.






Moustakas.jpgMoustakas, KC’s first-round pick (2nd overall) in the 2007 draft, has hit .252 with 27 doubles, 15 home runs and 79 RBI as a 20-year old for Wilmington.  His RBI total places him tied for third in the Carolina League while his homers are tied for sixth.

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The 23-year old Lough, like Bianchi, has split his time this season between Wilmington and NW Arkansas, and is currently batting .331 with 10 doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI, 34 runs and 11 steals in 47 games for the Naturals.  He was the Royals 11th round pick from the 2007 draft.

gutierrez dan_1035.jpgGutierrez is 0-0 with a 2.11 ERA in seven games (three starts) for Wilmington, walking five and striking out 21 in 21.1 innings.  The 22-year old right-hander was a 33rd round pick for the Royals in the 2005 draft.


swaggerty ben_1606.jpgSwaggerty is a left-handed reliever who was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 16 appearances for Wilmington before posting a 3-1 mark with a 3.57 ERA in 22 outings at NW Arkansas.  The 27-year old signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in 2007.

The Arizona Fall League season begins on October 13.


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