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