March 2012

Royals sign outfielder Alex Gordon to a multi-year contract

The Royals today announced the club has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with outfielder Alex Gordon.  The contract includes four guaranteed years through the 2015 season, then a player option for the 2016 campaign.  Consistent with club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 28-year-old Gordon won both the Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year as well as his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2011.  He batted .303 (185-for-611) with 45 doubles, four triples, 23 home runs, 87 RBI and 101 runs scored in 151 games for Kansas City.  Gordon was one of five players in the Major Leagues to post a greater than .300 average, 45 or more doubles and 20 or more home runs, joining the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, the Red Sox’ Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez, and the Yankees’ Robinson Cano.  In his first full season as a full-time outfielder, he led the Majors with 20 outfield assists, also setting a single-season franchise record.

The Royals’ first-round selection (second overall) in 2005 out of the University of Nebraska, Gordon and his wife, Jamie, reside in Lincoln, Neb., with their one-year-old son, Max.

Thursday roster moves

The Royals made six roster moves following this afternoon’s game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Following the moves, the Royals now have 31 players in Major League camp, which includes right-handed pitchers Felipe Paulino (injured), Joakim Soria (injured) and Blake Wood (injured), and catchers Salvador Perez and Manuel Pina (60-day D.L.).

Four players were returned to minor league camp: left-handed pitchers Francisley Bueno and Tommy Hottovy, catcher Max Ramirez and infielders Kevin Kouzmanoff.

In addition, right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman and Jeremy Jeffress were optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

Photos from Grow with the Pros

The Royals Grounds Crew has been working hard to prepare the Kauffman Stadium field – both for the 2012 season and the All-Star Game!  On Saturday, fans had the opportunity to learn about grass maintenance from Trevor Vance and his staff along with participating vendors at the Grow with the Pros open house.  

Following the open house, Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund hosted a private field maintenance clinic for local little leagues and previous Royalty Fields and Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant recipients.  In conjunction with the clinic, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund presented $5,000 grants to both Blue Springs (Mo.) High School and Van Horn High School in Independence, Mo., for baseball field upgrades.    

Let’s take a look at photos from a beautiful spring day at The K!

Royals make several roster moves, trade Golson to White Sox

 The Royals made eight roster moves in Major League Spring Training camp this morning.  Following the moves, the Royals now have 37 players in Major League camp, including catchers Salvador Perez and Manuel Pina, who are both on the 60-day Disabled List.

Five players were returned to minor league camp: right-handed pitcher Zach Miner, catcher Cody Clark, infielders Tony Abreu and Irving Falu, and outfielder Greg Golson.  Golson was then traded to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for cash considerations.

In addition, right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro, infielder Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Jarrod Dyson were optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

 

Ballpark Blueprint: Cheer on Jeff Francoeur from the Frenchy Quarter!

We’re two weeks from Opening Day at Angel Stadium and three weeks from the home opener in Kansas City.  That’s 21 days, making today a perfect time to take a look at the Frenchy Quarter, which honors number 21, Jeff Francoeur.  Around the Horn joined Royals Vice President Toby Cook for a look at the seating section.  Let’s take a look at the video:

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We’re ready to debut the Frenchy Quarter on Thursday, May 3!  $21 gets you a ticket for the Royals and Yankees, a Frenchy Quarter T-shirt, Mardi Gras beads and a replica Gold Glove featuring Alex Gordon!

Take a look at the Frenchy Quarter T-shirt and order your tickets today at:

www.royals.com/frenchy

Here are the eight Frenchy Quarter games in 2012:

May 3 vs. Yankees (Alex Gordon Rawlings Gold Glove Replica)

June 14 vs. Brewers

July 19 vs. Mariners

August 2 vs. Indians (Singles Night)

August 16 vs. Athletics

August 30 vs. Tigers

September 6 vs. Rangers

September 20 vs. White Sox

Royals acquire catcher Quintero, outfielder Bourgeois from Houston for pitcher Chapman and a player to be named

The Royals today announced that the club has acquired catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league pitcher Kevin Chapman and a minor league player to be named.  To make room on the Royals 40-man roster, the club placed catchers Salvador Perez (surgery on left knee for torn meniscus) and Manuel Pina (surgery on right knee for torn meniscus) on the 60-Day Disabled List.

The 32-year-old Quintero (full name is pronounced “hum-BEAR-toe” “kin-TEAR-o”) is a nine-year Major League veteran of the San Diego Padres (2003-04) and Houston Astros (2005-11).  The right-handed hitter batted .240 (63-for-262) with 12 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 25 RBI and 22 runs scored in 79 games with the Astros in 2011.  In 379 career games, Quintero is a .234 hitter with 15 home runs and 94 RBI.  Defensively, he has a career fielding percentage of .992 and has thrown out 53 of 192 attempted basestealers for a 27.6 percent clip.  The five-foot-nine, 216-pounder is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela, but currently resides in Pearland, Texas.

Bourgeois (pronounced “Boosh-wah”), 30, played in a career-best 93 games for Houston last season, batting .294 (70-for-238) with eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 16 RBI and 30 runs scored.  The speedy and versatile outfielder also recorded 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts while playing all three outfield positions.  In his four-year big league career with the White Sox (2008), Brewers (2009) and Astros (2010-11), Bourgeois compiled a .262 average in 192 games with 46 steals in 56 attempts.  The right-handed hitter is a career .369 (61-for-186) batter against left-handed pitching.  Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he was originally a second-round selection of the Texas Rangers in 2000.

Chapman, 24, split the 2011 season between Wilmington (High A) and Northwest Arkansas (AA).  He was the club’s fourth-round selection in the 2010 Draft out of the University of Florida.

Photos: Omaha ring ceremony

Last week, members of the 2011 Omaha Storm Chasers were honored for the Pacific Coast League title.  Let’s take a look at the photos:

Above – All players, coaches and staff in camp were on hand for the ceremony.  Below – Omaha Manager Mike Jirschele addresses the group.

 

 

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore (left) and Omaha team President/General Manager Martie Cordaro (center) presented the team with rings.  Players and staff from the 2011 club took individual pictures with Scott Sharp (Director of Minor League Operations), Jirschele and J.J. Picollo (Assistant GM/Scouting & Player Development).  Here is Luis Mendoza, the 2011 PCL Pitcher of the Year.

 Team photo time!

Below, Lorenzo Cain doing an interview for a feature on royals.com.

Royals host Grow with the Pros event on March 24; event features discount at Majestic Team Store

The Royals, together with Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, will host the Grow with the Pros Open House at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  During the event, which is free to the public, fans will have an opportunity to learn tips and techniques on grass and field maintenance from the Royals Grounds Crew and participating vendors.  In conjunction with the Grow with the Pros event, fans can also receive information about season ticket packages and stock up on the latest merchandise at the Majestic Team Store.

Beginning at 10 a.m., fans will have the chance to step onto the Kauffman Stadium field and visit with members of the Royals Grounds Crew – including Trevor Vance, Director-Groundskeeping and Landscaping – and local vendors set up along the warning track.  Raffles and drawings with prizes from participating vendors will also be held throughout the event.

Local vendors scheduled to participate include: 

Constant Care Irrigation
John Deere Landscape
John Deere Equipment
PBI Gordon
Weather or Not
Turfs Up-Weedman
Diamond Pro

In addition, fans will have the opportunity to view the best available season ticket locations and secure rights to purchase All-Star ticket strips with the purchase of a half-season or full-season plan.  Smaller plans, including 10-, 15- and 20-game plans will also be available for purchase during the event.  Please note that the smaller plans do not guarantee fans the opportunity to purchase All-Star ticket strips.  For more information, fans may contact the Royals Ticket Services staff by calling (816) 504-4040, option 3, or emailing ticketservices@royals.com.

All guests will have a chance to enter into a raffle for a Joakim Soria autographed baseball, and fans purchasing a season ticket package during the event will receive a free gift.  In addition, fans visiting the open house can enjoy a 20 percent discount at the Majestic Team Store.

Fans may enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 1, located off Blue Ridge Cutoff on the east side of the complex; the Premium Entrance/Bus Exit, located off Stadium Drive on the west side; or the Gate 5 Truck Lane off Raytown Road.  Fans should park in Lot M and enter through the Royals Majestic Team Store located next to Gate C.  For additional information, please visit www.royals.com/openhouse.

Following the Grow with the Pros Open House, Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will host a private field maintenance clinic for local little leagues and previous Royalty Fields and Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant recipients.  In conjunction with the clinic, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will present $5,000 grants to both Blue Springs (Mo.) High School and Van Horn High School in Independence, Mo., for baseball field upgrades.    

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund was established in 1999 to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvements and equipment purchases all in an effort to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball.  The Baseball Tomorrow Fund averages $1.5 million in grants annually and partners with teams around the Major Leagues on equipment drives.

Royalty Fields, an ongoing Royals Charities matching grant program, provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities throughout the Midwest.  Since its inception in 2006, Royalty Fields has awarded more than 50 matching grants.

Salvador Perez surgery completed

The Royals today announced that catcher Salvador Perez underwent successful surgery of a torn meniscus in his left knee this morning at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif.  The procedure was performed by Dr. Clarence Shields and Royals’ head team physician Dr. Vincent Key of the KU Medical Center.

Upon completing the procedure, the medical team determined that Perez will likely need 12-14 weeks to fully recover from the injury.

Perez, 21, suffered the injury while warming up pitcher Jonathan Sanchez prior to the game against Cincinnati in Surprise on Tuesday.  Perez felt some discomfort in the knee but attempted to play and made it through the first inning before needing to come out of the game. 

Royals sign shortstop Alcides Escobar to a multi-year contract with club options for 2016 and 2017

ImageThe Royals today announced the club has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with shortstop Alcides Escobar.  The contract includes four guaranteed years through the 2015 season, then club options for each of the following two seasons: 2016 and 2017.  Consistent with club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old Escobar spent his first season with the Royals in 2011 after being acquired in a six-player trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2010.  The defensive standout tied for the Major League lead with 158 games at shortstop while pacing baseball with 459 assists, 745 total chances and 271 putouts.  The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder batted .254 with 21 doubles, eight triples, four home runs, 46 RBI and 69 runs scored.  In addition, he stole a career-best 26 bases, becoming one of four shortstops in Royals history to steal 20 or more bases in a season (Freddie Patek, U.L. Washington and Angel Berroa). After a slow start, Escobar hit .286 from June 7 through the remainder of the season, including batting .324 in the month of September.

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