June 2011

Ned Yost media session: Reflecting on draft day

With the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft starting on Monday, Royals manager Ned Yost reflected on his own personal draft story. He was originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the second round of the January 1974 amateur draft, but did not sign. He was later taken by New York Mets in the first round (seventh overall) of the June 1974 amateur draft and began his pro catching career shortly thereafter.

“Back then, you found out that you got drafted one of two ways,” Yost said. “You either waited a week or 10 days for the scout to call you or you called the local newspaper to see if it came across the ticker.

“That’s actually how I found out. I called and asked if anybody from the bay area had gotten drafted.”

Yost said the Mets scout called 10 days later asking whether he wanted to sign. Yost obliged and signed his contract a couple days later when the scout came to visit. He was given a $10,000 signing bonus and did not have an agent.

When asked how he spent his first bonus, Yost amused reporters by saying, “I bought a new truck and a case of beer, I think.”

Saturday lineup: Willie Wilson bobbleheads

The first 20,000 fans at tonight’s 6:10 game will receive a Willie Wilson bobblehead courtesy of Farmland.  These are going to go quickly…get here early!

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


Ned Yost media session: June 3

Heading into Friday’s 7:10 game two against the Minnesota Twins, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke with the media about placing last night’s starter Sean O’Sullivan on the disabled list and the upcoming return of injured starters Bruce Chen and Kyle Davies.

O’Sullivan has been battling biceps tendinitis in his throwing arm and has struggled over his last four starts. Yost said his right-hander is suffering from a very common ailment that reached a point where the club felt like treatment was necessary.

“It’s something he felt like he could battle through,” Yost said. “He’s such a competitor out there on the mound, and when his stuff is right, he’s very productive on that mound. We want to get it taken care of and get him back on the right track.”

With the corresponding roster move, the Royals called up right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez from Triple-A Omaha. Chavez was 2-3 with a 4.94 ERA in 19 games for the Storm Chasers. Yost said that his stay with the big league club could be short as the team is still deciding on a starter for Tuesday’s contest against Toronto.

The skipper also provided recovery updates for Chen and Davies. He said both are expected back in the middle of June.

“Bruce threw yesterday [and] is going to throw again tomorrow,” Yost said. “Davies is throwing today. We’re looking hopefully to get them out starting rehab sometime next week – probably the later end of the week – and have them both ready to come back up here somewhere between the 17th and 20th of this month, if everything goes right.”


Gordon visits Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Alex Gordon visited an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Hy-Vee in Overland Park today (135th and Antioch location). Gordon met with children and families of children who have been affected by cancer.    For the fifth-straight year, Gordon encourages fans to make a donation to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

Gordon met Charlie, a child cancer survivor, who was on site to help find a cure!

 Be sure you stop by a Kansas City metro, Lawrence, Topeka, St. Joseph and Manhattan area HyVee store to visit an Alex’s Lemonade Stand

The stands will be open on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Donations can also be made online at www.AlexsLemonade.org/KCLemonade


7:10 vs. Twins, Buck Night, Fireworks Friday, roster move

The Royals host Minnesota tonight at 7:10.  It’s Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Friday, plus Buck. Night!  Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long.

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

The Royals made a roster move this afternoon.  Right-handed pitcher Sean O’Sullivan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis.  Reliever Jesse Chavez was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

Ned Yost media session and Dayton Moore press conference notes

Prior to the start of a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins Thursday at 7:10, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke highly of the way his young players carry themselves and credited the organization’s scouting department for drafting quality players with a good makeup. In addition, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore held a press conference previewing the MLB Draft, which begins on Monday and Kansas City holds the No. 5 overall pick.

Yost said that the rookies on his roster receive a great deal of respect from their teammates because they possess great attitudes. He noted that the veterans have also displayed a knack for helping along the younger guys, which builds chemistry in the clubhouse.

“[The rookies] show a great amount of respect to the way the game is played,” Yost said. “Veterans like young kids that are respectful and understand that you have lessons to learn.”

Moore spoke about the Draft process and emphasized that there are 30 different teams that can have differing opinions on every eligible player. He praised his scouting department for their passion and said that they are prepared for nearly every scenario.

“There are Major League players out there in every part of this country,” Moore said. “It’s the challenge of your scouting staff to make sure that they put you in a position to take those players.”

Moore specifically explained that the club looks to draft a blend of high school and college players. He said that his staff looks for players who display a mix of supreme talent and an unquestioned love for the game.


Ballpark Blueprint: 2011 Royals yearbook

A collector’s item year in and year out, the official team yearbook features photos from Opening Week, 2011, as well as a year-by-year chronicle of team history from 1968 through 2010.

The 2011 Royals yearbook is available at Kauffman Stadium, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS and online at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/publications.jsp

Thursday lineup: Royals host Twins at 7:10

Tonight is Massage Envy Night at The K – fans can be treated to a free massage courtesy of Massage Envy from 6 p.m. until the end of the second inning in the Outfield Experience!  Here’s the lineup:

(Gordon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Butler – DH), (Betemit – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Treanor – C), (Escobar – SS), (O’Sullivan – P)

Royals minor league pitcher John Lamb to undergo “Tommy John” surgery

 The Royals announced today that left-handed pitching prospect John Lamb will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction or “Tommy John” surgery on his left elbow.  The surgery is scheduled for Friday, June 3 in Los Angeles, Calif., and will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Lamb, 20, made eight starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2011, going 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 35.0 innings.  The 6-foot-4, 198-pounder was in Major League Spring Training with the Royals, tossing 1.0 shutout inning and striking out three in one relief appearance.  The 2010 Paul Splittorff Award winner as the organization’s top pitcher was ranked by Baseball America as the 18th-best prospect in baseball entering the 2011 campaign.

Lamb was selected by the Royals in the fifth round of the 2008 June Free Agent Draft out of Laguna Hills (Calif.) High.


Ned Yost media session: June 1

Before Wednesday’s 3:10 series finale against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Royals manager Ned Yost spoke about his expectations for right-hander Felipe Paulino, who will be making his first start and second appearance in a Kansas City uniform.

Paulino was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on May 26. The 6-2, 270-pounder made his Royals debut in relief last Friday at Texas, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings with only one hit allowed and three strikeouts. He has also seen time in the Majors mostly as a starter with the Houston Astros from 2007-2010.

“I saw dominant stuff,” Yost said. “He threw strikes with a real good fastball, a good two-seamer [and] a hard, tight slider.”

Yost said he expects Paulino to reasonably be able to throw around 75 pitches in today’s start, depending on how the innings play out.

“We’ll look at his pitches per inning. We want to get him built back up [as a starter],” Yost said. “He’s a big, strong guy. Somewhere between 55-75 ought to be a good base.”


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