Rosters for the Arizona Fall League were announced today. Kansas City places players on the Surprise roster, along with prospects from the Brewers, Cardinals, Rangers and Tigers. Seven KC players were named to the roster today, with the final spot to be announced.
Kansas City will send left-handed starters Danny Duffy and Mike Montgomery, reliever Patrick Keating, catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Derrick Robinson.
Yesterday, Ned Yost mentioned that he would talk to GM Dayton Moore today about September call-ups. Naturally, that was the first question in today’s media session. Yost said that Moore is having conversations with minor league coaches and scouts about potential call-ups. Yost and Moore had a brief chat on the topic that centered around three immediate possible roster additions: reliever Gil Meche, infielder Josh Fields and catcher Lucas May.
Meche is here in KC already and will be activated tomorrow to fill a bullpen role. Fields also will likely be here after his rehab stint with NW Arkansas. He is healthy once again and swinging a hot bat for the Double-A Naturals (.429 entering today). Yost has heard the reports about Fields but wants to see it for his own eyes. As for May, Yost is not sure that it will happen tomorrow since May was hit by a pitch in last night’s game with Omaha. He believes in having three catchers and it would be a chance to evaluate May, who joined the organization in the Scott Podsednik trade last month. However, Yost hinted that duty would be limited for May as he also sees more playing time for Brayan Pena in September.
Yost does not expect a large number of call-ups. He doesn’t want to fill the bench with guys who are unlikely to play. Reporters asked about several prospects, including outfielder Jarrod Dyson and left-handed reliever Tim Collins. Yost said that Dyson wasn’t talked about in his brief conversation with Moore. While Yost would like to add a left-hander or two and stressed championship clubs have at least two in their bullpen, he downplayed talk of a Collins call-up as the lefty just turned 21 and is in his first month at Triple-A.
Wilson Betemit’s emergence has been a regular topic among reporters. Yost said that everybody is at a similar heightened skill level in the Majors and that the mental aspect is what separates most players. He does believe that players can have something click – he has seen it in his time with Atlanta and Milwaukee. Yost believes that something has clicked with Betemit, who did not have the right chance with his previous organizations. He sees Betemit’s eventual role as a super-utility player, similar to that of Willie Bloomquist.
Congratulations to the Burlington Royals, Kansas City’s affiliate in the Appalachian League! The B-Royals won at Danville last night to overtake the Braves in the standings. Burlington, which joined the Kansas City organization in 2007, will go to the playoffs for the first time since 1993 when they were affiliated with the Indians.
Burlington finishes the regular season on Tuesday. They host the Johnson City Cardinals on Wednesday night in a first-round playoff. Game two, and if necessary, game three will be held at Johnson City.
Read more about Monday in the minors here: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100831&content_id=14136506&vkey=news_kc&fext=.jsp&c_id=kc
Manager Ned Yost was asked about his 500th career win, which he achieved yesterday in Cleveland. Yost was modest about the accomplishment. He said that the fact that his 500th loss was two years ago puts it into context. He does see 1,000 wins as a goal.
The Butler is back in
Billy Butler started at DH yesterday and is back at first base tonight. Yost said that Butler’s right hand has not been 100 percent since the All-Star Break. Butler was held out of batting practice during the Cleveland series.
Blake Wood made his first appearance in 10 days yesterday. He fanned all three batters he faced in the eighth inning. Yost said that Wood will be available tonight, if needed.
Robinson Tejeda was activated before yesterday’s game. While Yost would like to ease Tejeda back into action, he knows it probably won’t be possible. He’ll put the righty in during a seventh or eighth inning situation.
Injury updates: Meche back on Wednesday
Gil Meche had a side session today at Kauffman Stadium. The plan is for him to be back with the club as a reliever on Wednesday when the rosters are able to be expanded.
Brian Bannister and Luke Hochevar will make rehab appearances with Omaha. They will ‘piggyback’ once they come back to KC in September, meaning that one will throw about four innings and then the other will throw four frames. Yost expects both of the pitchers to be back in early September.
When asked about additional call-ups beyond the three rehabbing pitchers, Yost said that he hasn’t had a chance to discuss that with GM Dayton Moore to this point, but his best guess is they will talk tomorrow.
Texas in town
Yost is impressed with the Rangers, who hold first-place in the A.L. West. He sees them as a club that is solid in all phases and has a chance to go deep in the playoffs.
Kansas City prospect Mike Moustakas has been named the Texas League Player of the Year for the 2010 season. In addition, Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ skipper Brian Poldberg was honored as the league’s Manager of the Year. Both awards were announced Monday by Texas League President Tom Kayser.
Moustakas played with the Naturals from April 22-July 17 prior to his promotion to Triple-A Omaha. Prior to shifting to the Pacific Coast League, the third baseman led the Texas League in all three “Triple Crown” categories, batting .347 with 21 home runs and 76 RBI. He also paced the circuit in slugging percentage (.687) as the Naturals ran away with the North Division first-half title.
The 21-year old Northridge, Calif., resident also was selected to represent the Royals in the All-Star Futures Game, has brought home several weekly awards, was Texas League Player of the Month in May, and was named to the mid-season and post-season Texas League All-Star teams. Moustakas was recently honored as one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year. That award will be announced on September 8.
Poldberg has guided the Naturals to a franchise-record 80 wins with eight games remaining in the regular season. The Carter Lake, Iowa, resident has led the Naturals to a 42-20 mark at Arvest Ballpark this season, one of the best home records in the minors. The only manager the franchise has ever known, Poldberg has led the club into the playoffs in each of his three seasons at the helm.
The voting process for the awards included the circuit’s managers, beat writers, broadcasters, and league personnel.
Let’s take a look at the lineup: (Blanco – CF), (Kendall – C), (Butler – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Betancourt – SS), (Pena – DH), (Aviles – 2B), (Bloomquist – RF), (Miller – LF), (Davies – P)
The Royals finish the road trip today in Cleveland. The 12:05 start is on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network. Kansas City made a roster move today, placing reliever Kanekoa Texeira on the 15-day D.L. Robinson Tejeda has been activated from the D.L. and will be available for today’s game.
Here’s the lineup: (Blanco – CF), (Aviles – 2B), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Gordon – LF), (Pena – C), (Maier – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Chen – P)
Tonight’s game starts at 6:05 Central on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network. Let’s take a look at the lineup:
(Blanco – CF), (Kendall – C), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Betemit – DH), (Gordon – LF), (Bloomquist – 3B), (Maier – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Greinke – P)
The Royals open a series at Progressive Field tonight. The first pitch is at 6:05 Central. Let’s take a look at the lineup as Bryan Bullington faces his former club:
(Blanco – CF), (Kendall – C), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Betemit – DH), (Gordon – LF), (Bloomquist – 3B), (Maier – RF), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Bullington – P)