Royals announce minor league awards for July

The Royals today announced their minor league Player and Pitcher of the Month awards for July.  The winners are as follows:

 Omaha (AAA) – Kila Ka’aihue (1B/DH) and Greg Holland (RHP):  Ka’aihue, 26, batted .343 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI.  He was promoted to Kansas City on August 1.  Holland, 24, limited opponents to a 0.59 ERA while recording 28 strikeouts in 15.1 innings of bullpen work before receiving his first call to the Majors on July 29.

Northwest Arkansas (AA) Johnny Giavotella (2B) and Chris Dwyer (LHP):  Giavotella, 23, hit .361 with three home runs and 13 RBI.  The University of New Orleans product went 5-for-5 with a home run and four runs scored on July 22.  Dwyer, 22, won the award in his first month at the Double-A level after picking up the Pitcher of the Month honors with Wilmington in June.  He compiled a 2-1 record and a 3.06 ERA in four starts.

Wilmington (A) Nick Francis (OF) and John Lamb (LHP):  Francis, 24, batted .278 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 25 games.  He hit a game-winning home run on July 7 at Lynchburg and produced a walk-off single on July 11 against Myrtle Beach.  Lamb, who turned 20 on July 10, dominated hitters to the tune of a 0.93 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 29.0 innings.  He was promoted to Northwest Arkansas after just two months with the Blue Rocks.

Burlington, Ia. (A)Carlo Testa (OF) and Tyler Sample (RHP):  Testa, 23, earned his second straight award after batting .311 with three home runs, 10 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  Sample, 21, was 2-3 with a 4.07 ERA.  A third-round selection in 2008, Sample allowed just one hit and three walks over seven shutout innings in a July 17 win.

Idaho Falls (Rookie) – Murray Watts (1B) and Greg Billo (RHP):  Watts, 22, hit .330 with three home runs and 23 RBI.  The Arkansas State product is currently second in the Pioneer League with 33 RBI on the year.  Billo, 20, was 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA in July.  He limited Ogden to one hit over six shutout innings on July 30.

Burlington, N.C. (Rookie) – Ryan Stovall (3B) and Leonel Santiago (RHP):  Stovall, 23, recorded a .330 average (36-for-109) in 26 games.  He is currently on a 10-game hitting streak.  Santiago, 20, posted a 3-1 record and a 1.51 ERA.  He recorded 33 strikeouts while yielding just seven walks in 35.2 innings of work.

Surprise (Rookie)Michael Antonio (SS) and Rudy Brown (LHP):  Antonio, 18, batted .261 in his first month as a professional.  Kansas City’s third-round pick hit safely in his first eight contests.  Brown, 22, was 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21.2 innings of relief.

Dominican Summer LeagueJorge Bonifacio (OF) and Jose Brazoban (RHP):  Bonifacio, 17, batted .422 (27-for-64) with 15 RBI in 18 contests.  Brazoban, also 17, posted a 1-0 mark and a 1.29 ERA in 14.0 innings of work.


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