Royals claim infielder Lance Zawadzki on outright waivers from the Padres

The Royals have claimed infielder Lance Zawadzki on outright waivers from the San Diego Padres.  In order to create space on the Major League 40-man roster, the Royals assigned outfielder Jai Miller outright to Omaha.  Miller will become a minor league free agent at 4 pm CT on Saturday.

Zawadzki (zuh-WAHD-skee), 25, received his first taste of the big leagues in 2010, appearing in 20 games for the Padres in May and June and hitting .200 (7-for-35) with two doubles, an RBI, four runs, five walks and a stolen base.  The 5-foot-11 switch hitter also appeared last season in the Padres system with Triple-A Portland and Double-A San Antonio appearing at second base, third base and shortstop.  He is a career .268 hitter in 380 minor league contests with 73 doubles, 15 triples, 30 home runs, 187 RBI and 58 stolen bases.  A fourth-round selection by San Diego in 2007, Zawadzki attended San Diego State University from 2004-2006 before transferring to Lee University (Tenn.) and leading the Flames to the NAIA World Series in 2007.  Upon making his debut on May 2, 2010, he became the first player from Lee to play in the Majors.  A native of Shrewsbury, Mass., Zawadzki was drafted out of high school (48th round in 2003 by the Montreal Expos) and following his junior season at San Diego State (15th round in 2006 by the St. Louis Cardinals), but chose not to sign either time.

The 25-year-old Miller played in 20 games for the Royals and hit .236 (13-for-55) with three doubles, one home run and four RBI.  He was claimed on Outright Waivers by the Royals on April 26.

 

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