June 2012

Media session: Yost and Kenney named to A.L. All-Star staff

Royals’ manager, Ned Yost, and head trainer, Nick Kenney, will be a part of Ron Washington’s American League All-Star Staff! Today Yost and Kenney met with the media describing their excitement for this opportunity. This is Kenney’s 10th year in Major League baseball, so this news was a great surprise to him. “It means a great deal to me and to have the opportunity to work with these tremendous athletes is a great honor,” said Kenney. Kenney will be working with Lonnie Soloff during All-Star week. Soloff was head athletic trainer in Cleveland where Kenney worked underneath him and they also worked together as assistant athletic trainers in Cincinnati. Kenney said, “He is a great friend of mine and is one of my mentors, so having the opportunity to rekindle that relationship and work this game is pretty special to me.”

This will be Yost’s fifth year being a part of the All-Star game. “My fondest memories in baseball come from the All-Star games, you get to enjoy it with your family and it is just a tremendously enjoyable experience. I am extremely honored and excited to be a part of it,” said Yost. Having the All-Star game in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium was already exciting, but now having a few more Royals in Yost and Kenney will make this year unforgettable.

Now back to baseball and tonight’s game. Jonathan Sanchez will be taking the mound against the Brewers in tonight’s second game of the three-game series. Sanchez is returning from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from the 15-day D.L. He has been out since early May with left biceps tendinitis. Yost said, “He is healthy. He feels good and strong and it is time for him to get back up here and get back after it again.”

Eric Hosmer has been moved back up to the middle of the batting order. “He is getting better and working through some things. We think he is swinging the bat better and I think this will be his spot. I like the way the lineup is set up now,” said Yost. Hosmer has had some times where he has been frustrated with his batting, but he is starting to improve and is helping the Royals get back on track.

Royals Uniform History: 21

On Thursday, June 14, the Royals host Milwaukee and it is “Frenchy Quarter Thursday” in honor of #21, Jeff Francoeur.  You can reserve your seat in right field for $21.  The ticket includes a Frenchy Quarter T-shirt and Mardi Gras beads (blue, of course).   For more information, visit


Frenchy has worn 21 since joining KC last year.  Let’s look back at the history of #21 with the Royals:

Catcher Buck Martinez (left) made his Major League debut on June 18, 1969, becoming the first Royal to wear 21.  Buck would wear number 6 from 1970-71 and 42 in 1973 before returning to 21 from 1974-77.  That left 21 available for former Kansas City A’s pitcher Aurelio Monteagudo (1970) and manager Bob Lemon (1972).

Martinez and Mark Littell were traded to St. Louis for Al Hrabosky in 1977.  That left the number open for Art Kusnyer (1978), Eduardo Rodriguez (1979) and Jeff Twitty (1980).

Kansas City hired Dick Howser as manager for the 1981 season.  Number 10, now retired in honor of Howser, belonged to Clint Hurdle at that time.  Howser wore 21 in 1981, then moved to 10 when Hurdle was traded after the season.


Keith Creel

The 21 jersey passed from Keith Creel (1982-83, at right) to a short stint with Bucky Dent (1984).  Outfielder Lonnie Smith (left) wore 21 as he helped the Royals win the ’85 series.  Smith departed after the 1987 season.  








Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery

The next February, KC traded for a 25-year old relief pitcher who had worn ’40’ in his lone Major League season.  That number belonged to Bud Black at the time, so the righty assumed Smith’s old number, which Jeff Montgomery would keep for 12 seasons as he recorded a team-record 304 saves.

The new century would see coach Tom Gamboa (2001-03) don 21 along with pitchers D.J. Carrasco (2004-05) and Mark Redman (2006).








In 2007, a 21-year old wore 21.  His name?  Billy Butler.  The professional hitter switched to 16 once it became available, paving the way for Miguel Olivo (2008-09) and now, Frenchy!

In summary, 21 has been worn by a Hall of Famer (Lemon), two Royals Hall of Famers (Howser and Montgomery), two Royals All-Stars (Montgomery and Redman) and two current Royals (Francoeur and Butler).

Manager Ned Yost and trainer Nick Kenney named to A.L. All-Star staff

 Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and head athletic trainer Nick Kenney were named today as a coach and trainer, respectively, for the American League All-Stars at the 83rd All-Star Game to be played on Tuesday, July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

                Yost, who also was selected to the N.L. All-Star coaching staff in 2005 in Detroit, will join Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin as members of the staff selected by A.L. All-Star manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers.  Yost was also a part of Bobby Cox’ N.L. All-Star staff as a Braves coach in 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000 following Atlanta’s five World Series appearances that decade. Yost becomes the 10th Royals manager to be appointed to the All-Star staff, joining Bob Lemon (1972), Jack McKeon (1974), Whitey Herzog (1978), Dick Howser (1982, 1985), Hal McRae (1992), Bob Boone (1996), Tony Muser (2001), Tony Pena (2004) and Trey Hillman (2009).  In addition, the Royals’ Jim Frey and Howser managed the A.L. squads in 1981 and 1986, respectively, following the Royals’ trips to the World Series.

                Kenney, who is in his third season as the Royals’ head athletic trainer, is a first-time All-Star and will be joined by Lonnie Soloff, the head athletic trainer of the Cleveland Indians.  Kenney is the fourth club trainer to be honored with a selection to the A.L. All-Star staff, joining Jim Dudley (1976), Mickey Cobb (1982, 1990) and Nick Swartz (1996, 2006).

Ned Yost media session: June 12

The return of second baseman Chris Getz was the first topic brought up this afternoon when Royals’ manager Ned Yost met with the media.  Yost said having him back improves their defense as a whole and he can swing the bat very well which is also very nice.  It will be good to have him back in the lineup.  Yost went on to say that having him and Yuniesky Betancourt platoon the second base role will also be good for the team. That means that whomever of the two is not playing will serve as a solid option off the bench. 

Ex-Royal and tonight’s starting pitcher for Milwaukee, Zack Greinke, was brought up next by the media.  Yost said he is a very good pitcher.  He said he commands his fastball, he has a good slider, an exceptionally good changeup, and he is extremely intelligent out there on the mound.  Yost said, however, Greinke throwing against them tonight does not mean it is anything different than a normal game other than they know the pitcher very well.  He said it is just another game for both teams and they want a win. 

Yost said they are getting closer to getting Sal Perez back, but it will not be anytime extremely soon.  He said the thing you have to remember is there are timetables for these injuries they have to follow and there are no repercussions with it.  He said Sal is doing very well, but you do not want to rush a guy back and risk further or worse injury.  The injured players will continue to work and get better and when they are ready to be back up here they will be.  He said hopefully within the next couple of weeks maybe they will see him.  Lorenzo Cain will probably be going out on a rehab assignment after Sunday, but they are not sure yet and they will wait and see how he feels.  Jonathan Sanchez is throwing the ball better and will probably be back up here fairly soon, but he may have another rehab start down in the minors first.  They are just going to wait and see.

Eric Hosmer profiled in season premiere of One-on-One with Ryan Lefebvre

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is profiled in the season premiere of One-on-One with Ryan Lefebvre, a 30-minute interview show on FOX Sports Kansas City. The show debuts tonight (June 12) at 6 p.m. CT, prior to the Royals Live pregame show, and replays several times in June.

Future air dates on FOX Sports Kansas City (times Central)

Tuesday, June 12 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 14 at 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 17 at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19 at 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 23 at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, June 26 at 10:30 p.m.

You can preview the program at


Homestand Highlights: June 12 – 14

The Kansas City Royals continue Interleague Play by hosting a three-game series against former Royal Zack Greinke and the reigning N.L. Central champion Milwaukee Brewers beginning Tuesday night.  Greinke is scheduled to pitch the series opener, which also features a T-Shirt Tuesday giveaway for fans.

The short homestand also includes INK Student Night and Local Music Showcase, Frenchy Quarter Thursday and the debut of the Nightlife KC.com Lounge.

Tuesday, June 12 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans get a special Homegrown Heroes t-shirt courtesy of KIA. 

Wednesday, June 13 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

INK Student Night – Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets are available for all Wednesday home games for high school and college students with valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $7.  Seating is subject to availability.  All Student Nights include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Boulevard Grill in the Outfield Experience. 
INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us.  Every Wednesday INK Student Night also features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  Dollar Fox will be performing prior to the Brewers-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
·         Youth Night – Hy-Vee Infield tickets are just $7 for youth 14 and under with an adult ticket.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

Thursday, June 14 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Nightlife KC.com Lounge – Experience a unique atmosphere and great deal on the Budweiser Patio.  On five select Thursday dates throughout the season, fans will be able to purchase a $30 ticket and receive two free beverage vouchers.  In addition, guests will enjoy a live DJ before and after the game, an exclusive bar with top-shelf spirits, lounge furniture, custom photographs and much more.  Fans must be 21 and older to purchase tickets and enter the NightlifeKC.com Lounge and will receive a wristband for access to the lounge.  For more details, visit www.royals.com/NightlifeKC
·         Frenchy Quarter Thursday – Be part of the newest fan section!  For select Thursday home games, fans will be able to purchase a $21 ticket that includes a Frenchy Quarter T-Shirt, blue Mardi Gras beads and a seat in Jeff Francoeur’s cheering section in the right Outfield Box.  This is a $35 value. 

·         All You Can Eat Seats – It’s the first All You Can Eat Seats night of 2012!  Fans can purchase All You Can Eat Seats located in the Loge Level (Sec. 318 – 325), which include unlimited ballpark fare.  All the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels and Pepsi products you can handle for $40 per seat!  Individual and group discount tickets available.  For details, visit www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.

KC area RBI alums selected in draft

Two players in the Kansas City Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program were among 14 RBI alumni selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted first baseman Justin Chibogu in the fourth round and the Tampa Bay Rays selected outfielder Bralin Jackson in the fifth round.

The photo above shows Ron Stevenson, Director, KCMO RBI program (center), with Chibogu (left) and Jackson (right). All three spoke at the RBI Base Ball Patron Party hosted by the Royals on Tuesday night. The RBI Base Ball will occur on Thursday, July 5, at the MLB All-Star FanFest at the Kansas City Convention Center and will benefit local RBI programs. Congratulations to Justin and Bralin!  For more information, check out: helpkckids.org and MLB.com/rbi.

Royals sign first-round pick Kyle Zimmer


The Kansas City Royals today announced the club has signed first-round draft choice Kyle Zimmer, the fifth overall selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.  Consistent with team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 20-year-old Zimmer, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed starter, went 5-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 13 starts, including three complete games, for the Dons in 2012.  In 88.1 innings, he allowed 76 hits, 28 earned runs and 17 walks, while striking out 104.  Zimmer led the West Coast Conference in shutouts (2), strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings (10.6).  Baseball America rated Zimmer as having the best fastball among all collegiate prospects and his curveball as the third-best in the collegiate ranks.  He was named a preseason second-team All-American by Baseball America entering 2012 and to the 2012 Midseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List last month.  Zimmer was also a member of the 2012 WCC All-Academic team, posting a 3.72 GPA.

Born in San Francisco, Calif., he attended La Jolla (Calif.) High School in the San Diego area where he played four years of baseball, mostly as a third baseman, while also competing in water polo and basketball.  Serving mostly as a position player, he pitched a total of 21.1 innings during his high school career.  Zimmer converted to pitcher his freshman season at USF, but only made five appearances that year.  He then posted a 6-5 record with a 3.73 ERA last season, including outdueling 2011 first-overall selection Gerrit Cole and the UCLA Bruins, 3-0, in a four-hit complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts in a NCAA regional game on June 3, 2011.

Zimmer is the 23rd pitcher to be selected by the Royals in the first round and the first since 2011 All-Star Aaron Crow in 2009.

Draft press conference notes: June 6

The Royals completed their selections in the 2012 First-Year Rule 4 Player Draft today, a process that started immediately after last year’s draft.  J.J. Picollo, Assistant GM for Scouting and Player Development, was joined by Director of Scouting Lonnie Goldberg at today’s press conference.  A few notes:

*The Royals announced five signings (#3, 7, 8, 14 and 15) and expect to have more signings in the next few days, which will allow for a true mini-camp for the draftees. 

*Goldberg mentioned that the Royals are optimistic about getting a deal completed in the next few days with first-round pick Kyle Zimmer.

*Second-round pick Sam Selman came on strong toward the end of the year.  He is viewed as a middle of the rotation pitcher with upside.

*Third-round pick Colin Rodgers bypassed an opportunity to pitch at Auburn by signing today.  He had a ‘why wait’ approach when it came to college vs. pro baseball.  The signing was attributed to great scouting and cross-checking by Travis Ezi and Gregg Kilby, respectively.

*Picollo said that the Royals expect to sign players quickly under the new draft rules (this year’s deadline is July 13, up from August 15 last year).  This is a combination of hard work from the scouts, the understanding of those advising the players and the families.

*According to Picollo, the Royals felt that this draft wasn’t as deep when it came to college position players.  That is reflected in KC’s draft pool, which featured 24 pitchers out of 40 players.

*The draft is 10 rounds shorter this year, resulting in more available free agent players.  The Royals feel that they’ll sign a considerable number of the 40 players, thus they may not have as big of need to ink players from the free agent pool.

Royals complete 2012 draft

The Kansas City Royals completed the third and final day of the 2012 First-Year Rule 4 Player Draft today, selecting a total of 40 players over the three days.  The Royals also announced the signings of five players who were selected in the draft.

The Royals selected 20-year-old Kyle Zimmer, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-handed pitcher from the University of San Francisco with the fifth overall pick on Monday.  Zimmer went 5-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 13 starts, including three complete games, for the Dons in 2012.  In 88.1 innings, he allowed 76 hits, 28 earned runs and 17 walks, while striking out 104.  Zimmer led the West Coast Conference in shutouts (2), strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings (10.6).  Baseball America rated Zimmer as having the best fastball among all collegiate prospects and his curveball as the third-best in the collegiate ranks.  He was named a preseason second-team All-American by Baseball America entering 2012 and to the 2012 Midseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List last month.  Zimmer was also a member of the 2012 WCC All-Academic team, posting a 3.72 GPA.

The signed selections are:  third-round pick Colin Rodgers, a left-handed pitcher from Parkview Baptist High School in Baton Rouge, La.; seventh rounder Fred Ford, an outfielder from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.; eighth-round selection Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado, a high school centerfielder from Bradenton, Fla., 14th-round pick Parker Morin, a catcher from the University of Utah; and 15th-round selection Dylan Sons, a left-handed pitcher from Halifax County (Va.) High School, the same school that produced Royals minor league pitcher Jeremy Jeffress.

Local Royals selections include 13th round pick Hunter Haynes (LHP) from Mexico (Mo.) High; 21st round selection Matthew Strahm (LHP) from Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kan.; 27th-rounder Ashton Goudeau (RHP) from Maplewoods Community College in Kansas City, Mo.; and 31st-round pick Hayden Edwards (RHP) from Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kan.

Here is a breakdown of the Royals 40 selections from the 2012 draft:

–          17 high school selections

–          23 college selections (15 four-year and eight junior college)

–          24 pitchers (14 right-handers and 10 left-handers)

–          Three catchers

–          Four infielders

–          Nine outfielders

You can see Kansas City’s full list of selections by using the draft tracker on mlb.com:



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