June 2011

Broadcast Auction, Wednesday lineup

Royals Charities and FOX Sports Kansas City will host a Broadcast Auction tonight beginning at 6:30 during the Hy-Vee Royals Live pregame show.  Unique experiences will be on the line, including a ceremonial first pitch and a suite night at The K with George Brett.  For more details, visit www.royals.com/broadcastauction and to bid, call 816-504-4040 after 6:30.

Here’s the lineup for tonight’s 7:10 start vs. Toronto:

(Gordon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Butler – DH), (Betemit -  3B), (Getz -2B), (Pena – C), (Escobar – SS), (Duffy – P)

Royals complete second day of draft

 The Kansas City Royals completed the second day of the 2011 First-Year Rule 4 Player Draft today, selecting 29 players after drafting prep outfielder Bubba Starling in the first round (fifth overall) on Monday. 

Kansas City’s first selection of the day came in the second round (65th overall) with 18-year-old Manheim Township (Pa.) High School catcher Cameron Gallagher.  Right-hander pitcher Bryan Brickhouse, who turned 19 yesterday and is from The Woodlands (Texas) High, was the club’s third round pick (95th overall).  Another local selection, in addition to Starling, was pitcher Adam Schemenauer, a 6-foot-9 left-hander from Park Hill (Mo.) South High School.

The club selected 12 players out of high school and 17 from the college ranks today, including four junior college picks. Among the 30 players selected over the first two days, the position-by-position breakdown includes: 17 pitchers (12 right-handers, five left-handers), three catchers, five infielders and five outfielders.

Below is a complete list of the players selected by the Kansas City Royals through the first two days of the 2011 Rule 4 First-Year Player Draft.  The draft concludes with rounds 31 through 50 on Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. CDT.

 

Rnd

Sel #

Name

DOB

Pos

B

T

Ht

Wt

School City, State

1

5

Starling, Derek (Bubba)

8/3/1992

CF

R

R

6’5″

205

Gardner Edgerton HS Gardner, KS

2

65

Gallagher, Cameron

12/6/1992

C

R

R

6’3″

210

Manheim Township HS Lancaster, PA

3

95

Brickhouse, William

6/6/1992

RHP

R

R

6’2″

195

The Woodlands HS The Woodlands, TX

4

126

Smith, Kyle

9/10/1992

RHP

R

R

6’0″

180

Santaluces HS Lantana, FL

5

156

Leonard, Patrick

10/20/1992

3B

R

R

6’2″

190

St. Thomas HS Houston, TX

6

186

Ogando, Cesar

6/6/1992

LHP

R

L

6’3″

215

Caribbean U. Bayamon, PR

7

216

Moen, Kellen

5/30/1988

RHP

S

R

6’2″

185

U Oregon Eugene, OR

8

246

Beal, Evan

8/2/1993

RHP

R

R

6’6″

180

S. County HS Lorton, VA

9

276

Brooks, Aaron

4/27/1990

RHP

R

R

6’4″

200

Cal State San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA

10

306

Murray, Matthew

12/28/1989

RHP

R

R

6’4″

225

Georgia Southern U Statesboro, GA

11

336

Allen, Jerrell

9/6/1992

CF

R

R

6’2″

185

Milford Sr. HS Milford, DE

12

366

Schemenauer, Adam

3/28/1993

LHP

R

L

6’8″

220

Park Hill South HS Riverside, MO

13

396

Lumpkins, Stephen

4/16/1990

LHP

R

L

6’8″

225

American U. Washington, DC

14

426

Toney, D’Andre

1/24/1992

CF

R

R

5’10″

180

Gulf Coast CC Panama City, FL

15

456

Espy, Richard (Dean)

10/30/1989

1B

R

R

6’1″

210

UCLA Los Angeles, CA

16

486

Lopez, Jack

12/16/1992

SS

R

R

6’0″

175

Deltona HS Deltona, FL

17

516

Cuckovich, Nicholas

10/8/1991

SS

R

R

6’2″

200

Riverside CC Riverside, CA

18

546

Ferguson, Andrew

9/2/1988

RHP

R

R

6’1″

195

Arkansas St U State University, AR

19

576

Flemer, Matthew

11/22/1990

RHP

R

R

6’2″

216

UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA

20

606

Gore, Terrance

6/8/1991

CF

R

R

5’8″

165

Gulf Coast CC Panama City, FL

21

636

Swab, Kenneth

8/20/1988

C

R

R

6’3″

215

U Virginia Charlottesville, VA

22

666

Middendorf, David

1/23/1989

LHP

L

L

6’4″

215

Northern Kentucky U Highland Heights, KY

23

696

Harper, Lance

7/17/1990

C

S

R

6’1″

205`

Scottsdale CC Scottsdale, AZ

24

726

Patton, Spencer

2/20/1988

RHP

R

R

6’1″

185

Southern Illinois U at Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL

25

756

Threlkeld, Mark

5/2/1990

3B

R

R

6’3″

205

Louisiana Tech U Ruston, LA

26

786

Moorefield, Joseph

10/25/1989

LHP

L

L

6’1″

205

Clemson U Clemson, SC

27

816

Clubb, Lee

3/27/1993

CF

L

R

5’10″

185

Iowa Park HS Iowa Park, TX

28

846

Ramsey, Jordan

9/6/1992

RHP

L

R

6’4″

178

N. Davidson HS Lexington, NC

29

876

Junis, Jakob

9/16/1992

RHP

R

R

6’3″

210

Rock Falls HS Rock Falls, IL

30

906

Binford, Mark (Christian)

12/20/1992

RHP

R

R

67″

215

Mercersburg Academy Mercersburg, PA

Ned Yost media session: June 7

Heading into Tuesday’s 7:10 matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke with the media about what to expect from tonight’s starting right-hander, Vin Mazzaro, and today’s recall from Triple-A Omaha. Yost touched on Mazzaro’s two pitching appearances with the Royals and the advantages for Mazzaro in tonight’s contest at Kauffman Stadium.

“I think he’s [Mazzaro] got a better shot. He is not rushed like he was in New York (travel issues) or pressed into emergency duties… just go out and pitch like he has in Triple-A,” Yost said.

Starting pitchers Kyle Davies and Bruce Chen, who are currently on the 15-day disabled list, will be starting their rehab work tomorrow and are both scheduled to pitch for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals as starters in a doubleheader. Yost commented that the two suffered from different injuries but the skipper hopes to see both of them back with tentative returns dates of June 18 through the end of the month.

Joakim Soria stepped into what amounted as a closer’s role last night during the 10th and 11th extra-innings with right-hander Aaron Crow tossing 1.2 innings in the eighth and ninth. Yost complimented both pitchers’ performances during last night’s contest vs. the Blue Jays saying that the Crow and Soria pitched exceptionally well.

Tuesday lineup vs. Toronto

Eric Hosmer’s single in the 11th last night lifted the Royals to their ninth walk-off win of 2011, which tops the Majors.  KC hosts Toronto again tonight at 7:10.  Come on out to Kauffman Stadium!

Here’s the lineup:  (Gordon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Butler – DH), (Aviles – 3B), (Getz – 2B), (Treanor – C), (Escobar – SS), (Mazzaro – P)

Ballpark Blueprint: Gameday Greetings

Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, family reunion or a youngster’s first trip to Kauffman Stadium, the club’s Gameday Greetings program is a great way to celebrate those extra-special days at the ballpark. 

Fans may purchase a customized Gameday Greeting that will appear on Kauffman Stadium’s LED video displays in left field and right field – along the outfield wall – during the game. 

Greetings are displayed in the middle of the third inning and may be purchased online at www.royals.com/gamedaygreetings.  A portion of the proceeds benefit Royals Charities.  Each purchase also includes a 4” x 6” commemorative photo for you to keep. 
 
Messages are limited to 45 characters, and a limited number of greetings will be shown each game.  For more information or to purchase your greeting today, visit www.royals.com/gamedaygreetings.

Draft press conference notes

The MLB Draft kicked off today and this is the third straight year that the Royals have picked a local product in the first few rounds.  In 2009, they chose former University of Missouri star and Topeka (Kan.) native Aaron Crow in the first round (12th overall).  Last year, Blue Valley Northwest product Jason Adam was KC’s fifth-round pick.  Now, the Royals have selected outfielder Bubba Starling from nearby Gardner Edgerton (Kan.) High School in the first round (fifth overall). 

Shortly after Starling’s selection, the Royals held a press conference with General Manager Dayton Moore, Assistant GM/Scouting Player Development J.J. Picollo and Director of Scouting Lonnie Goldberg.

While Moore has said before that it is important for the Royals to scout and draft the best players in their area, he also has a staff that is focused on picking the best overall player available.  He sees Starling as that player and as one who will help the Royals win.  He is excited to get a player that will make big plays for the fans at Kauffman Stadium.  Moore is confident that Starling wants to play professional baseball (Starling has a scholarship to play football and baseball at Nebraska).

Moore thanked area scout Blake Davis and Midwest Regional Supervisor Mitch Webster for their hard work in scouting Starling.  He also commended Goldberg and Picollo for their tremendous efforts in putting together Kansas City’s draft plan. 

When asked how Starling would move through the minor league system, Goldberg said that he would not put any limitations on him.  Goldberg sees Starling as a player with raw power and plus speed.  When a reporter asked Goldberg about tales of Starling hitting 500-foot home runs, Goldberg smiled and stated that he hasn’t walked off the home runs.  Picollo noted that Starling’s familiarity with the city and the Royals will help as he will have a short adjustment period when he ultimately arrives in KC.

Ned Yost media session: June 6

Before Monday’s 7:10 series opener vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, Royals manager Ned Yost announced that right-hander Vin Mazzaro will be recalled from Omaha to start on Tuesday. Yost said that Mazzaro earned his way back to the big leagues after three solid starts at Triple-A Omaha.

The Royals will make a corresponding roster move tomorrow to make room for Mazzaro on the 25-man roster.

“He went back down and he did what we asked him to do,” Yost said. “He pitched well and earned his way back up.”

Felipe Paulino will make his second start of the season for the Royals tonight. He has worked 9.1 scoreless innings in his first two appearances since joining Kansas City.

“He has done better than just good,” Yost said. “He’s commanded the ball real well, exhibited really good secondary stuff [and] been on the attack. I’d like to see him maintain it.”

Yost noted that Paulino will have a pitch count around 90 after throwing 71 and 56 pitches in his previous two outings.

Royal Nite lineup: $5 seats in the Hy-Vee Level

Monday is Royal Nite…Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5 for the 7:10 start vs. Toronto.  Let’s take a look at the lineup:

(Gordon – LF), (Cabrera, CF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Butler – DH), (Aviles – 3B), (Getz – 2B), (Treanor – C), (Escobar – SS), (Paulino -P)

 

Ned Yost media session: Hosmer’s development

Before Sunday’s 1:10 series finale against the Minnesota Twins, Royals manager Ned Yost talked about the development of rookie first basemen Eric Hosmer.

Yost said he has been impressed with Hosmer’s adjustments and noted that his young first basemen is well on his way to becoming a special Major League player.

“He’s right on track, right on schedule, doing fine,” Yost said. “He’s smart, he doesn’t have any gaping holes and he makes adjustments.”

The skipper said Hosmer’s makeup is a key component to the 21-year-old’s success.

“He’s got great confidence in his abilities, he’s got a great game plan and he’s got the composure to go out and execute,” Yost said.

Entering Sunday’s contest, Hosmer has 11 RBI in his last nine games and has hit in six straight with a .423 batting average (11-for-26) during that span.

 

Eric Hosmer meets with Pitch, Hit and Run winners

Earlier today, first baseman Eric Hosmer met with youth who were competing in a Pitch, Hit & Run competition at Kauffman Stadium.

Hosmer was a National Finalist in 1998 – when the program was titled Diamond Skills – and is the first Pitch, Hit & Run National Finalist to compete at the Major League level.

Following the Pitch, Hit and Run awards ceremony, Hosmer went upstairs to the Royals Team Store to find more than 350 fans on hand.

Some fans started lining up at 5:00 a.m. in order to meet Eric!

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