Mike Moustakas, John Lamb named Royals organization Player, Pitcher of the Year
The Royals have named third baseman Mike Moustakas and left-handed pitcher John Lamb as the George Brett Hitter of the Year and Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year, respectively. In addition the Royals have named their Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Year for their respective affiliates.
A majority of the players are expected to be at Kauffman Stadium for Futures Night on Friday, October 1, where they will take part in an autograph session at Gate A from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., as well as be honored in an on-field presentation prior to the Royals game against the Rays.
GEORGE BRETT HITTER OF THE YEAR
Mike Moustakas, who will turn 22 on September 11, has hit a combined .326 this season with 39 doubles, a minor league-leading 34 home runs, 120 RBI and 91 runs scored in 112 games with Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AA). Prior to his promotion to Omaha in mid-July, the Royals first selection (second overall) in the 2007 Draft was leading the Texas League in most offensive categories, including batting, home runs and RBI. Moustakas recently was named the Texas League Player of the Year and one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.
PAUL SPLITTORFF PITCHER OF THE YEAR
20-year-old John Lamb has pitched at three levels of the Royals system in 2010, starting at Class A Burlington and now competing for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The six-foot-three lefty from Laguna Hills, Calif., is a combined 10-7 with a 2.33 ERA in 27 starts this season, allowing 117 hits in 143.0 innings, striking out 152 and walking just 44. Lamb was a fifth round pick of the Royals in 2008.
Right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington has been named the Omaha Pitcher of the Year. The 29-year-old emerged as the staff ace for the O-Royals, going 8-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 20 appearances, including 15 starts. Currently in the Kansas City rotation, Bullington led the Pacific Coast League in ERA at the time of his promotion. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Bullington was signed by the Royals as a minor league free agent on November 30, 2009.
26-year-old first baseman/DH Kila Ka’aihue is the Omaha Player of the Year. Ka’aihue hit .319 (103-for-323) with 24 home runs and 78 RBI for Omaha before being recalled by the Royals on August 1. The left-handed hitter led the PCL in walks (88) and on-base pct. (.463) while ranking third in slugging pct. (.598) when he was recalled. Born and raised in Hawaii, Ka’aihue, the Royals’ Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year in 2008, was the Royals’ 15th-round selection in 2002.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (AA)
Left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford, 26, has been named the Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year. The swingman has split his campaign as both a starter and reliever, compiling a league-high 13 wins against just three defeats and posting a 3.50 ERA in 26 appearances (11 starts). He also made one start for Omaha. The Royals’ 12th-round pick in 2006, Teaford was born and still resides in Alpharetta, Ga.
25-year-old Clint Robinson is the Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year. The first baseman/DH’s .328 batting average currently leads the Texas League. Robinson also paces the league in doubles (39), homers (27), RBI (92), total bases (280), slugging pct. (.613) and OPS (1.020). In addition, Robinson is second in the league to teammate Johnny Giavotella in runs (84) and hits (146). Born in Jefferson City, Mo., KC’s 25th-round selection in 2007 now lives in Dothan, Ala.
Left-handed starter Chris Dwyer was named Wilmington Pitcher of the Year. The Royals’ fourth-round pick in the 2009 Draft out of Clemson University, Dwyer went 6-3 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 starts for the Blue Rocks. The 22-year-old was promoted in early July to Northwest Arkansas where he compiled a 2-1 record and a 3.06 ERA in four starts. The Swampscott, Mass., resident struck out 93 in 84.1 innings with Wilmington and 113 in 102.0 combined frames in 2010.
Eric Hosmer, who will turn 21 on October 24, is the Wilmington Player of the Year. The first baseman batted .354 (115-for-325) with 29 doubles, six triples, seven home runs and 51 RBI for Wilmington before his promotion to Northwest Arkansas. The Florida native has since hit .313 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 45 games for the Royals’ Double-A club. The third-overall pick in the draft by Kansas City in 2008, Hosmer went 4-for-5 at the Futures All-Star Game on July 11 in Anaheim.
23-year-old Bryan Paukovits was named the Burlington Pitcher of the Year. The six-foot-six hurler from Lakeside, Calif., went 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 games, including nine starts, for the Bees. He has spent the second half of the 2010 campaign with Wilmington, posting a 3-5 record and 5.51 ERA in 13 games (12 starts). The Royals’ 44th-round pick in 2006, Paukovits struck out 65 and walked just 16 in 62.1 innings for Burlington, holding Midwest League hitters to a .189 mark.
19-year-old catcher Wil Myers was named the Burlington Player of the Year. As one of the youngest players in the Midwest League, Myers hit .289 with 19 doubles, 10 homers and 45 RBI in 68 games for the Bees. The native of Thomasville, N.C., was promoted to Wilmington on July 1 and is batting .339 for the Blue Rocks in 53 games. Selected in the third round in 2009, Myers has combined to hit .311 with 34 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 79 RBI and walk 80 times in 2010, his first full professional season.
IDAHO FALLS (ROOKIE-ADVANCED)
Right-handed pitcher Michael Mariot, the club’s eighth-round pick in June out of the University of Nebraska, is the Idaho Falls Pitcher of the Year. The 21-year-old from Southlake, Texas, is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 52.0 innings in 13 games (seven starts) for the Chukars.
First baseman Murray Watts, 22, has been named the Idaho Falls Player of the Year. Drafted in June in the 28th round from Arkansas State University, the Arkansas native is batting .275 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 60 games for Idaho Falls. The six-foot-seven, 270-pounder currently leads the Pioneer League in homers.
19-year-old left-handed pitcher Crawford Simmons has been named the Burlington Pitcher of the Year. Selected out of Statesboro (Ga.) High in the 14th round in 2009, the six-foot-two hurler is 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 14 starts for the playoff-bound Royals. Opponents are batting just .220 against the southpaw, who is in his first professional season.
Third baseman Ryan Stovall is the Burlington Player of the Year. Stovall, 23, is hitting .303 with 15 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 61 games for Burlington. The Florida native was selected by Kansas City in the 19th round in 2009 out of Thomas University.
Robinson Yambati, a 19-year-old right-hander from Sabana Grande de Boya, Dominican Republic, has been named the Surprise Royals Pitcher of the Year. The six-foot-three Yambati led the league in wins, compiling an 8-2 record while finishing sixth with a 2.71 ERA in 14 outings, including six starts, for Surprise. In 66.1 innings, he struck out 64 while issuing just 12 walks. Yambati was signed by Kansas City as a non-drafted free agent on February 4, 2008.
Catcher Henry Moreno of Santiago, Dominican Republic, has been named the Surprise Royals Player of the Year. The 21-year-old finished the campaign leading the league in doubles (22) and slugging pct. (599), while finishing second in total bases (97), tied for fifth in RBI (32), sixth in on-base pct. (.396), eighth in hitting (.327), ninth in runs (32) and tied for 10th in hits (53). Moreno signed with the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on May 29, 2008.
DOMINICAN ROYALS (ROOKIE)
Right-handed pitcher Jose Brazoban is the Dominican Royals Pitcher of the Year. The five-foot-11 hurler was 4-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 14 starts, allowing just 45 hits and 10 earned runs in 69.0 innings. The 17-year-old was signed as a non-drafted free agent on February 15, 2010. Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Brazoban ranks seventh in the league in ERA.
Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, signed by KC as a non-drafted free agent on December 9, 2009, is the Dominican Royals Player of the Year. The 17-year-old is seventh in the Dominican Summer League with a .335 batting average, collecting 16 doubles and stealing 13 bases. Bonifacio also made his debut in the United States this season, hitting .211 in limited action with the Surprise Royals.