Yost summarizes the season, looks ahead to 2011 and beyond



Yost_2247.jpgManager Ned Yost held a final summary press conference for 2010 on Monday.

We’ll look at several of the topics discussed, starting with…you, the fans!

Fan-tastic

Yost has the utmost respect for the fans in Kansas City and described them as a classy group.  He knows that they are dying for a winner and that they deserve one.  He’s never been in a stadium where the fans chant “Let’s go (team name)” as well as at Kauffman Stadium.  He knows that the fans want to see a good baseball game and like him, expect a team that plays hard and never gives up.  Yost believes that nearly every time that he left the dugout, his players had left it all on the field.  He was impressed that the fans acknowledged opposing players for a milestone (example – their first Major League hit).

Are the Rays a realistic comparison?

Is it realistic to compare the Royals to the Rays?  (Tampa Bay built their farm system and now they are headed to the postseason for the second time in three years).  Yost believes that it is a fair comparison because of the depth of talent in Kansas City’s minor league system.  He believes that the Royals are bringing players along at a similar pace to Tampa Bay.  Due to the mental and physical demands of the Major Leagues, a majority of the group that was in Double-A this year needs to continue their development at Triple-A in Yost’s opinion.

Royal reports

On the coaching side of things, Yost is looking at ways to improve the information flow to the players through advance reports.  He knows that errors will happen on the field, but believes in minimizing the opportunity to make errors.  

Coaching staff

As reported yesterday, all of the coaches will be back in 2011.  Yost does have one position to fill as Rusty Kuntz will be working as a roving coach and special assistant in 2011.  Yost knows who that person will be and expects an announcement to be made in the next few days, once the “I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed”. 

Mike Aviles

Yost expects Aviles to be much stronger heading into 2011 as he continues his way back from “Tommy John” surgery.  He would like to see Aviles at third base but needs to see more of him there to make a proper evaluation.  Yost believes that Aviles is up to the challenge. 


Yuni_6.8.jpgYuniesky Betancourt

Yost said that the shortstop did a great job of staying focused this year and that Betancourt knows what he needs to work on.  Betancourt lives in Miami, as does third base coach and fellow native Cuban Eddie Rodriguez.  The pair will work regularly this offseason.  Yost gave credit to Rodriguez for helping Yuni during the season.  Betancourt is a clutch hitter and not an on-base percentage player, so Yost feels comfortable with Betancourt driving in runs from the seventh or eighth place in the order.

Billy Butler

Yost believes that Butler will eventually become a 25-30 home run player who consistently drives in 100+ runs.  The fact that his walks are up and his strikeouts are down is a sign that he is turning the corner.  Yost sees Butler as a #3 hitter more than a cleanup hitter.

Zack Greinke

Yost believes that Greinke has the ability to be a Cy Young-caliber pitcher on a yearly basis.  He said that 2010 was difficult for Greinke due to the notoriety that goes along with the award.


Pena_7.26.jpgCatchers

Both Brayan Pena and Lucas May were sent home with “prescriptions” on what they need to do to improve in 2011.  Yost believes that Pena, an offensive catcher, did a fair job on game calling toward the end of the year.  Bruce Chen’s shutout on Friday was a great example of Pena’s improvement. 

Manny Pina, who played in a combined 91 games with Northwest Arkansas and Omaha, will get a good look in Spring Training.  Pina is a defensive-oriented catcher and Yost believes that Pina’s offensive game will improve.

Moose on track

Yost will be traveling to Puerto Rico later this week to watch six of Kansas City’s prospects play on Team USA.  He will see Mike Moustakas for the first time since early in the year, when he watched Moose at Northwest Arkansas. 

Yost made it clear that it is important not to rush Moustakas.  In his opinion, he would want to see the third baseman put up his Double-A numbers for a consistent period of time at Triple-A. 

1 Comment

What I really want to know is, WHO in the WORLD did we trade Guillen and Bloomquist for??!! It was said that they were for players later to be determined, but how much later?? The season is now over, so lets hear it!

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