November 2010

Royals and pitcher Bryan Bullington reach agreement with Hiroshima Toyo Carp

The Royals have announced today that the club has requested Unconditional Release Waivers on right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington for the purpose of allowing him to sign a professional baseball contract with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Central League in Japan.

Bullington, 30, was designated for assignment by the Royals on November 19.  The 6-foot-6 right hander was 1-4 with a 6.12 ERA in 13 appearances, including five starts, for Kansas City in 2010.  He was also named Omaha (AAA) Pitcher of the Year after compiling an 8-2 mark with a 2.82 ERA in 20 games (15 starts).

 

Royals add special preview event for season ticket holders to FanFest lineup

Scarf_002.jpgThe Royals have announced a special addition to the 2011 FanFest lineup – a complimentary preview event presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience exclusively for season ticket holders – on Thursday, January 20. 

The preview event, set for 5-9 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan., will feature a Royals 2011 Season Ticket Holder scarf giveaway for the first 3,500, exclusive autograph sessions with Royals players and coaches, main stage programming with club executives, an exclusive Majestic Team Store merchandise sale, and more.  Season ticket holders will also have the first opportunity to enjoy the new interactive games being added for 2011.

Following the preview event, Royals FanFest will open to the general public on Friday, January 21 at 1 p.m.  Doors will close that evening at 9 p.m.  FanFest hours for Saturday, January 22 are set for 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Information on pricing and how to purchase tickets will be announced soon.

Season ticket holders may redeem the same number of complimentary tickets to the FanFest preview event as seats on their 2011 season ticket account (six ticket maximum).  Details on how to redeem the complimentary admission tickets will be emailed directly to full and partial season ticket holders in the near future.

For more information on Royals FanFest, please visit www.royals.com/fanfest.  Season ticket holders may also contact the club’s Ticket Services staff at (816) 504-4040, option 3, or ticketservices@royals.com.

To become a Royals season ticket holder, please call (816) 504-4040, option 2, or email seasonsales@royals.com.  All full-season and half-season ticket holders will receive priority for the 2012 All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium and be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase the same number of 2012 All-Star Game strips as seats on their account.

 

Giving thanks this holiday season

Frank_White-02.JPGHappy Thanksgiving from Around the Horn in KC!  The Royals are involved in several community events this holiday season.  Last week, associates from the office joined Alex Gordon, Frank White and Frank’s wife Teresa to serve a Thanksgiving feast at the Men’s Center of KC’s City Union Mission.  Kristin and Mack Norman, wife and son of alum Les Norman, led a second group at City Union Mission’s Family Center.

Today, a contingent will help serve a Thanksgiving lunch at the Guadalupe Center.  Next week, another team will be assisting shoppers at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Holiday Shop.  Here are a few pictures from the City Union Mission meal and links to these local organizations, where you can find out more about volunteer opportunities.

City Union Mission: http://www.cumission.org/

Guadalupe Centers, Inc: http://www.guadalupecenters.org/

Johnson County Christmas Bureau: http://jccb.org/

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Royals set 40-man roster, select contracts of four players

The Royals today announced their 40-man Major League roster with the addition of four new players.

The Royals have selected the contracts of left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford, first baseman Clint Robinson, and outfielders David Lough and Derrick Robinson.

To create room on the roster, the Royals designated four players for assignment: right-handed pitchers Bryan Bullington, Gaby Hernandez and Victor Marte, and outfielder Jordan Parraz

Teaford, 26, posted a breakthrough 2010 campaign that culminated in a pair of appearances for Team USA at the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October.  The Alpharetta, Ga., resident was 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two starts as Team USA finished tied for third and qualified for the 2011 Pan Am Games.  The 6-footer went 14-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 27 games, including 12 starts, and was named the Northwest Arkansas (AA) Pitcher of the Year in 2010, pacing the Texas League in victories.  The Royals’ 12th-round selection in 2006 out of Georgia Southern University was a perfect 8-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 12 outings (seven starts) for the Texas League champion Naturals following the All-Star break.  The inaugural recipient of the Mike Sweeney Award in 2008, awarded to a Royals’ minor leaguer who best represents the organization on and off the field, Teaford also made one start with Omaha (AAA) in 2010. 

25-year-old Clint Robinson won the Triple Crown in the Texas League in 2010, pacing the circuit with a .335 average, 29 home runs and 98 RBI.  In addition, the left-handed slugger also led the league in doubles (41), total bases (298), slugging pct. (.625) and OPS (1.035).  Drafted by the Royals in the 25th round in 2007 out of Troy University, Robinson was honored as the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year.  Born in Jefferson City, Mo., Robinson was raised and still resides in Dothan, Ala.  He followed Teaford in being named the 2009 Mike Sweeney Award winner.

Lough, 24, batted .280 with 15 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs, 58 RBI and 65 runs in 120 games for Omaha in 2010.  The left-handed hitter and thrower added 14 stolen bases while playing all three outfield positions.  He overcame a slow start to hit .316 with a .403 on-base pct. and .462 slugging mark following the All-Star break.  The 2009 George Brett Hitter of the Year was drafted in the 11th round by Kansas City out of Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., in 2007.  Lough was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and now resides in Clinton, Ohio.

23-year-old Derrick Robinson patrolled center field for the Texas League champion Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010, hitting .286 with a league-leading 50 stolen bases in 67 attempts.  The switch-hitter also finished among the league leaders with eight triples (T-2nd) and 146 hits (3rd).  The speedster, drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2006, has swiped 236 bases in his professional career, including 181 in his last three campaigns.  The Archer, Fla., native recently completed a stint with the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .260 with seven RBI and 11 runs scored in 14 games.

The entire 40-man roster is located on royals.com: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=kc

 

Royals sign eight to minor league contracts for 2011

The Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Steven Shell and outfielder Brett Carroll to minor league contracts for the 2011 season.  In addition, the Royals have re-signed right-handed pitchers Luis Mendoza and Julio Pimentel, catcher Cody Clark, and infielders Irving Falu, Mario Lisson and Jamie Romak to 2011 minor league contracts.  The club plans to announce invitations to Major League Spring Training at a later date.

Shell, 27, pitched in the Majors with the Washington Nationals in 2008 and 2009, compiling a 2-2 record and two saves with a 2.45 ERA in 43 relief appearances.  In 55.0 career innings, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder allowed just 39 hits, walking 22 and striking out 46.  Originally a third-round pick by the Angels in 2001 out of El Reno (Okla.) High, Shell pitched for Tacoma (AAA) in the Seattle organization in 2010, going 3-2 with a 3.59 ERA in 21 games (nine starts).

The 28-year-old Carroll has made appearances at the big league level with the Florida Marlins in each of the past four seasons, breaking camp with the club in both 2008 and 2009.  The right-handed hitter and thrower is a career .205 hitter at the Major League level with 13 doubles, five home runs and 28 RBI in 283 at bats.  The Marlins’ 10th-round pick in 2004 out of Middle Tennessee State University spent a majority of 2010 with New Orleans (AAA), also playing in 32 games with the Marlins and hitting .197 with four doubles, two home runs and seven RBI.  Carroll made his Major League debut on June 17, 2007 at Kauffman Stadium.

Mendoza, 27, was acquired by the Royals on April 2, 2010 from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations.  He opened the season in the Royals bullpen, going 0-1 with a 22.50 ERA in four relief stints before posting a 10-9 record with a 4.10 ERA in 24 games (22 starts) for Omaha (AAA).

Pimentel, 24, returned to the mound in June after missing the entire 2009 campaign with ligament damage in his right elbow.  Originally acquired by the Royals from the Dodgers on July 25, 2006, Pimentel was 0-0 with a 4.00 ERA in seven games (six starts) for the Surprise Royals (R) this season.

Clark, 29, hit .255 with 13 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 25 RBI in 72 games for Omaha in 2010.

Falu, 27, batted .272 with 14 doubles, one home run, 46 RBI, 75 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 19 attempts for Omaha last season.  The switch-hitter appeared for his native Puerto Rico in the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament in October.

Lisson, 26, missed the entire 2010 season with a right shoulder injury.

Romak, 25, split 2010 between Wilmington (A Advanced) and NW Arkansas (AA).  Signed as a minor league free agent on January 16, 2010, Romak combined to hit .296 with 29 doubles, 13 home runs, 64 RBI and 64 runs scored in 127 games.

 

Three Naturals among 10 players on Topps Double-A All-Star Team

Robinson_Giavotella_Moustakas.JPGA total of ten players at the Double-A level were chosen on Tuesday for the Topps Double-A All-Star Team.

Out of the 30 teams, the Royals were the lone franchise with more than one player to be honored…they had three!  First baseman Clint Robinson, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and third baseman Mike Moustakas made up 75 percent of the infield on the squad.

Robinson, 25, hit .335 with 29 homers and 98 RBIs to capture the Triple Crown in the Texas League.  He also led the league with 41 doubles and his 1.035 OPS was tops in Double-A.  The Royals drafted Robinson in the 25th round out of Troy University in 2007.

Giavotella, 23, led the Texas League with 168 hits and 92 runs.  He finished second behind Robinson with a .322 average.  Giavotella was K.C.’s second round pick in 2008 out of the University of New Orleans.

Moustakas, 22, was named the Player of the Year in the Texas League for hitting .347 with 76 RBIs in just 66 games. He finished the year with a combined 36 home runs at Northwest Arkansas and Omaha.  Moustakas was the second overall pick in 2007.

New stadium, new name for Omaha affiliate

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Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate will move into new confines in 2011 at Werner Park. 
Today,the Omaha franchise announced the results of a fan vote for a new team name.  The club will now be known as the Storm Chasers.  Here’s a look at the logo…go Storm Chasers!

 

Royals announce 13 Game Pack

The Royals have announced a special 13 Game Pack just in time for the holiday gift-giving season.  The offer, which includes tickets to 13 home games at Kauffman Stadium in 2011, starts as low as $65 per package. 

Through the 13 Game Pack, fans will have the opportunity to choose from one of four 13-game ticket packages – the Tuesday/Friday Package, the Wednesday/Saturday Package or the Thursday/Sunday Package – which include an Opening Day ticket – or a Sunday Value Pack that features all Sunday matinee games. 

Tickets are available in the Field Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Rivals Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Reserved Box, Hy-Vee Infield, Hy-Vee Box and Hy-Vee View sections for all plans.  Here are the packages and days that are available:                                                                              

Tuesday/Friday Package             

starting at $117/seat          

Field Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Rivals Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Levels

Includes Opening Day                   

 

Wednesday/Saturday Package 

starting at $117/seat          

Field Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Rivals Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Levels

Includes Opening Day                   

 

Thursday/Sunday Package         

starting at $117/seat          

Field Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Rivals Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Levels

Includes Opening Day                   

 

Sunday Value Pack                       

starting at $65/seat            

Field Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Rivals Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Levels

The 13 Game Pack is available now for a limited time only.  For more details on specific games dates and pricing or to purchase a 13-game ticket package, please visit www.royals.com/13.  Fans may also contact the Royals Sales Department by calling (816) 504-4040, option 2 or emailing seasonsales@royals.com

 

Royals acquire pitchers Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks from Oakland for David DeJesus

 The Royals announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro and left-handed pitcher Justin Marks from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for outfielder David DeJesus.  Mazzaro replaces DeJesus on the Major League roster while Marks has been assigned to the Wilmington (A Advanced) roster.

“This deal allows us to further increase our pitching depth at the Major and minor league levels,” Royals’ General Manager Dayton Moore said.  “Vin Mazzaro fits into our rotation for next season while Justin Marks is a young left-hander who we see starting 2011 at Wilmington.  David DeJesus is a high-class person and has been our most consistent performer, both offensively and defensively, over the past few years.  We wish the very best for him in the future.”

The 24-year-old Mazzaro was 6-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 24 appearances, including 18 starts, for the A’s in 2010.  In 122.1 innings, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder allowed 127 hits, 58 earned runs and 50 walks while striking out 79.  Opponents hit just .251 against him in his 18 starts, as he compiled 12 quality starts.  Mazzaro also pitched in seven games (six starts) for Sacramento (AAA), going 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA, striking out 38 over 37.1 innings.  A third-round pick by Oakland out of Rutherford (NJ) High School in 2005, Mazzaro is 10-17 with a 4.72 ERA in 41 Major League games (35 starts) since debuting as a 22-year-old in 2009.  He is 5-3 with a 2.64 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts) in his career against A.L. Central opponents.  Mazzaro was named Texas League (AA) Pitcher of the Year in 2008, compiling a 12-3 record and a 1.90 ERA in 22 starts while pitching for Midland.

Marks, 22, spent his first full season of professional baseball in 2010 opening the campaign with the Kane County Cougars (A) before finishing on the mound for the Stockton Ports (A Advanced).  The 6-foot-3, 195-pound left-hander was 3-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 20 starts with the Cougars, allowing 109 hits in 109.2 innings and striking out 119 against 41 walks.  Following his promotion, he went 3-1 with a 4.58 ERA in five games (four starts) with the Ports.  The A’s third-round pick out of the University of Louisville in 2009 as a junior, Marks was named Big East Pitcher of the Year following the 2009 campaign.  He was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 37th round of the 2006 Draft out of Owensboro (Ky.) High School.

DeJesus, 30, batted .318 with 23 doubles, five home runs, 37 RBI and 46 runs scored in 91 games for the Royals last season, missing the final two and a half months after requiring surgery on his right thumb following a collision with the wall at Yankee Stadium on July 22.  A fourth-round pick of the Royals in 2000, DeJesus is a career .289 hitter since breaking into the Majors in 2003.

 

Royals reinstate Kendall and DeJesus from 60-day D.L.; Bannister assigned outright to Omaha and elects free agency; Anderson designated for assignment

The Royals have announced today that the club has reinstated catcher Jason Kendall and outfielder David DeJesus from the 60-day Disabled List.  To make room on the Major League roster, right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister was assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha while right-handed pitcher Brian Anderson was designated for assignment.  In lieu of accepting the assignment, Bannister chose to elect free agency.

Kendall, 36, batted .256 in 118 games for the Royals in 2010 before missing the final 31 contests with an extensive tear in his right rotator cuff that required surgery on September 24.

The 30-year-old DeJesus hit a career-high .318 in 91 games, missing the final two and a half months of the season after requiring surgery on his right thumb after a collision with the outfield wall at Yankee Stadium on July 22.

Bannister, 29, went 7-12 with a 6.34 ERA in 24 games, including 23 starts, for Kansas City in 2010, his fourth year in the organization after being acquired in a trade with the New York Mets on December 6, 2006.

The 28-year-old Anderson converted from an outfielder to a pitcher following Spring Training this season and combined to post a 0-0 record and 2.08 ERA (17.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 17 SO) in 14 outings for the Surprise Royals (R), Burlington Bees (A) and Omaha Royals (AAA).  Anderson was signed to a one-year contract by the Royals as a free agent on December 23, 2009.

 

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